In The End Self-Interests Trump Coalitions

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States as the chief spokesperson of the Confederates demand our, Afro Americans, attention. Especially considering the history of our skirmishes with the Confederates here in America. Normally it’s at this point where people begin to inject the plight of all Americans rather than just... Read more »

To The Afro American LGBT Community

The essence of who we are is rooted in a system of beliefs we hold dear. This is not to say that we live completely in accordance with them but it is the basis around which we construct our lives. Our sense of right and wrong is conditioned by it and our peace is dependent... Read more »

Why Some See Progress and the Rest Don't

G.K. Butterfield was being interviewed on a radio talk show during the presidential campaign of 2016 and was asked very bluntly concerning the state of Afro Americans, what have you guys been doing in the Congressional Black Caucus all these years? He begin to go down the list of the CBC’s accomplishments he thought was... Read more »
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His Legacy Our Challenges and That Promised Land

The reason I often reference Dr. King in my writings and speech is not because I believe everything he did was right and in our best interest’s long term. Nor is it because I believe in his dream for Afro Americans in America or his advice that we become firemen in the fire that is... Read more »

Layers of Leadership

Imagine A two parent household where there is a conflict about managing the household. One saying left, the other saying right. One saying up, the other saying down, while seeking different ends using different means. Would you expect anything other than chaos to come from this? I realize the many analogies that can be made... Read more »

At The Expense Of The Innocent

Unfortunately it has become an all too common phenomenon among parents today to choose one or the other, the peace in their homes or they’re drug addicted children. This choice takes on even more significance when there are other children in the house who can be influenced by their wayward siblings. Without question this is... Read more »

Mis-educated and Marginalized

In the “Mis-education of the Negro” Carter G. Woodson said, “The conditions of today have been determined by what has taken place in the past.” So 48 years following the death of responsible Black leadership we find ourselves wondering how the hell did we get here? Drug and gang wars, mass incarceration, senseless killings, misguided... Read more »

The Peace We Seek

OUR COMMUNITIES ARE WHAT WE ALLOW AND A REFLECTION OF WHO WE ARE   We leave places like Harvey, Riverdale, Markham, the south and west sides to go to places like Orland Park, Tinley Park, and similar communities far from the reach of the chaos we’ve nurtured in our own backyards, to enjoy a safe... Read more »

Et Tu, Tyrone?

Et tu, Brute? These are said to be the last words of Julius Caesar, the Roman Emperor, to his “friend, confidant and brother Marcus Brutus who betrayed him. There are those who walk among us that look like us and identify as part of our community, who are bent on activities that are counterproductive, detrimental... Read more »

Difficult Daze & The Rise Of The Confederates

When Dr. King gave his last speech and said, “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead…,” one can only guess what he was referring to. In light of the many successful marches and boycotts he led, hand in hand with some of our white brethren, you would’ve thought... Read more »