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Should undergraduate pledging be banned? Reflections from my undergraduate pledging experience

Should undergraduate pledging be banned? Reflections from my undergraduate pledging experience
We’ve all seen the reports of the downright ignorance of the young men from Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in the news. And while their display raises our awareness of the continued forms of pernicious and insidious acts of racism, unfortunately, many are not surprised. Shocked by their ignorance? Without question. But shocked about the... Read more »

'R & B Diva' Angie Stone's arrest: Victim or Victor? What do YOU think?

'R & B Diva' Angie Stone's arrest: Victim or Victor? What do YOU think?
It’s been all over social media about how Grammy-nominated singer Angie Stone was arrested Monday in Georgia for assaulting her 30-yr. old daughter.  In case you haven’t heard, Stone, who was  recently one of the singers on TV One’s popular reality show “R & B Divas: Atlanta”, was arrested after she and her daughter had a... Read more »

50 years since Selma, apology to Dr. King

50 years since Selma, apology to Dr. King
Well, it’s been 50 years since that pivotal moment in history. Fifty years since “Bloody Sunday.” And all I feel compelled to do is apologize. I would like to say I apologize on behalf of all blacks, but I’d be lying if I said that, not because of my regret, but because all blacks don’t... Read more »
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'American Sniper' actor Bradley Cooper gives me hope

'American Sniper' actor Bradley Cooper gives me hope
I saw “American Sniper” this weekend. Say what you want about how it either glorifies or minimizes the lives and sacrifices of military servicemen. That’s debatable, but one thing I think we can agree is that Bradley Cooper shows he is deserving of this year’s Oscar nomination–and may in fact, walk away with it this... Read more »

Would you want your child given a "Fifty Shades of Grey" activity at school?

Would you want your child given a "Fifty Shades of Grey" activity at school?
It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Children in a Pennsylvania middle school were given a word search puzzle from the believed to be weekend box office hit “Fifty Shades of Grey.”  Words like “submissive,” “spanking,” “bondage,” and “leather cuffs,” are just a few of the words they were to find. What was this teacher... Read more »

Something ain't right about this Jackie Robinson West Little League decision

Something ain't right about this Jackie Robinson West Little League decision
Something is rotten in the state, but it ain’t Shakespeare’s Denmark.  It’s right here in our city of Chicago. There’s something that just doesn’t sit well about the decision to strip the Jackie Robinson West Little League of their championship title. Should there be a consequence for the actions of those who manipulated the roster?... Read more »
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Say it ain't so! Jackie Robinson West Little League team stripped of title

Say it ain't so! Jackie Robinson West Little League team stripped of title
I almost spit out my coffee when I heard the news report. But it’s true. The 2014 Little League World Series Champions, Chicago’s own Jackie Robinson West little league baseball team, has been stripped of its title. Apparently it didn’t take much for this to come out. There were players who didn’t live in the... Read more »

What to do about Kanye? Somebody's gotta stop him!

What to do about Kanye? Somebody's gotta stop him!
Kanye struck again at this year’s Grammys. And just as airports, schools, and courthouses have beefed up security from psychos, so too must the Grammys. Otherwise, Kanye is certain to storm the stage when things don’t go his way. My fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Music Mom has some great suggestions in her post “Solving the Kanye-Grammy Problem”,... Read more »

It's black history month, and I can't help but wonder, would our ancestors be proud?

It's black history month, and I can't help but wonder, would our ancestors be proud?
This past weekend’s awards shows really put a lot on my mind. In one weekend, we had the 46th Annual NAACP awards and the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Call me a lame, but I didn’t watch the Grammys. My four daughters did though. And I could hear them cheering and singing along with today’s music icons.... Read more »
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Karen Lewis doesn't endorse Willie Wilson either. Is she racist too?

Karen Lewis doesn't endorse Willie Wilson either. Is she racist too?
I gotta tell you. This year’s mayoral campaign has really had me evaluate my beliefs.  Usually I am the first person to pump my fist in the air and support my people. But that hasn’t been the case as of late. For example, recently I saw Willie Wilson’s ad campaign commercial come on TV as... Read more »
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