I round off my essay in the American Mind and tell you what I saw at the circus GOP committee meeting.Read More Chocolate city blues #10: An american mind is a terrible thing to waste
What up, Cuz? Where my Piru Homies at? Y’all are going to jail. I’m saying my goodbyes today because it is unlikely I will see you again in this life after you’ve spent 50 years busting rocks on a west Texas chain gang. The man who wrote the 1994 Crime Bill that locked up your […]Read More Complete Sentences
You know who was a badass? A. Phillip Randolph. A. Phillip Randolph built the first black trade union. In 1925, he organized black sleeping car porters into the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. At the time half the affiliates of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) barred blacks from membership. He took the Brotherhood into the […]Read More Legacy Scholarships
Out of its stunted and squalid existence on the fringes black America gave America and the world Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Jim Brown, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Langston Hughes, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Ella Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Satchel Paige, and many other luminous examples […]Read More Walking Back
One of the wardens of black thought, Nikole Hannah- Jones, wrote in an essay that “anti-black racism runs in the very DNA of this country”. She also wrote that black Americans “fought back alone” to make America a democracy. Her statements are incorrect and incomplete. Her sentiments were expressed in the New York Times’ 1619 […]Read More 400 Years Later . . .
I was born in Dominguez Valley Hospital many decades ago. 91 Freeway and Artesia. South L.A. county. Compton. It’s gone now. I think it was replaced by a machine factory. It could have been replaced by worse. Knowing the Compton-Watts-Long Beach corridor I’m grateful (surprised) a swap meet doesn’t sit in the lot where I […]Read More About Us