Ode to Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
If Helen of Troy is "the face that launched a thousand ships," then Richard Pryor is the voice that launched a thousand comedians and artists of every hue.

Why is Tavis Smiling and Why Are We Watching?

The Black Commentator
Every year, radio/tv commentator Tavis Smiley holds a forum that brings together "the best and the brightest" African-Americans from academia, political, economic and health care, to hold panel discussions on what's wrong with Black America, and how we Black Americans should go about fixing it.

This is a good gesture, if we truly believe it will bear positive fruit in the lives of African-Americans, to the point of where we will actually be motivated to take action to improve and take back the communities that serve to develop and nurture us. I cling to that hope, for in many instances, the hope of a better future is all we, as African-Americans, have left to sustain us.

Race Dialogue Is Back, But . . .Did Racism Ever Go Away?

Anthony Asadullah Samad
Anthony Asadullah Samad
Colorblindness was a ploy to refuse to acknowledge race, but racism is as plain as it’s ever been. Thanks to the arts, we again smell the stench of racism. Now it’s time to take out the trash.

Immigrant Militancy, Black Malaise

The Black Commentator
The massive demonstrations by immigrants and their supporters have been magnificent to behold – many hundreds of thousands in cities across the country, with total participation well over a million. Most progressives are ecstatic, believing that a new era of activism has begun. But, as a Black man, I’m feeling twinges of a different emotion: shame.

Backwards Thinking on Black Economic Development

The Black Commentator
There exists in the African American political conversation a great disconnect on the subject of “economic development.” Among some Black political tendencies, the term “economic development” is thought to be synonymous with individual entrepreneurship. That’s a very narrow definition of economic development, one that reduces most Blacks to the role of mere potential customers, who are expected to support individual Black businesspeople as if the survival of the Race depended on it.

An Open Letter To Black America: It Is Time To Bring Back Black

James Clingman Jr.
James Clingman Jr.
In recent years some nationally prominent Black leaders have complained that they resent being known as Black leaders, they say they want the world to know they are capable of leading anybody. Rather than demonstrate that leadership by leading their own people to the necessary levels of self- sufficiency and competitiveness, these leaders have abandoned the critical issues facing Black people and have begun to chase an ambiguous romanticized notion of alliances with other groups...

Black Homeownership: The New School Black Power Movement

Roy Primm
Roy Primm
Congress is preparing over 93 new Bills benefiting homeowners in the next few years. Many targeted to minority and low income homeowners. If you get nothing else from reading this message understand a multitude of housing advocates continue to work overtime to create more homeowners.

The Consequences of Absentee Fathers

Darryl James
Darryl James
There are a number of reasons why fathers are absent from their children’s lives, even though the one that garners the most focus is the man being a proverbial "Deadbeat Dad," the father who willfully neglects to pay his financial obligations.