A Culture of Mediocrity!

Monday Mover
Comatose...No. But close. Far too many folks are squeaking by through personal efforts enjoying the results of others labor. Quality is wished for but mediocrity is accepted if it passes the dollar generator or WIIFM phrase some seem to love. Don't believe me; look at the last 10 people recently hired. How many are suspects that made it past the HR lineup and have gone on to commit administrative, educational, financial, performance, policy related, or structural crimes that forced you to work twice as hard?

Freedom Rider: Should We Want a Black President?

I Want You
Is Barack Obama more worthy of Black "loyalty than any other Democrat?" The answer is no - Black America should not "purchase a lemon" just because the "seller looks like us." Obama has mastered the fine arts of bullshitology, while avoiding issues of core concern to African Americans in order to make white people feel comfortable. Although no worse than Hillary Clinton, Obama is no better either, on war, health care, the economy, mass incarceration or affirmative action. Why should Black America vote for a man who proclaims "there is no Black America?"


Battle Call

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Battle Call
When facing a compelling goal; it is nearly impossible to remain discouraged. The theme of the movie TROY speaks to 1) the battles we fight, 2) why we fight them, and 3) for whom we fight.

Hip Hop Ain't Nothing But the Young People's Blues

Hip Hop
Around the turn of the century some 119 years ago, Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, a Harvard-educated Black scholar, was shocked at the impoverished blues he found in a distressed Philadelphia community inhabited by Blacks: "Murder sat at their doorstep, police were their government, social and academic paucity prevailed, and philanthropy dropped in with periodic advice," wrote Dr. DuBois. If he was alive today, Dr. DuBois would be even more appalled by the sheer mass of distressed Black communities that still suffer from the exact impoverished blues he witnessed some 119 years ago.


Lessons from Teen Mothers: "Sex is fun until..."

Black Star Project
Teenage mothers are more likely to drop out of school, be financial dependant on family members, be government dependent, and suffer low-wage jobs. Additionally, their children do less well in school and are more likely to live in poverty.

As young women prepare for their junior and senior proms, they should be aware of these lessons based on conversations with several young mothers between the ages of 14 and 18:


Popularity or Progress

Torin Ellis
I was recently asked this question: When taking over a brand new team, which is most important popularity or progress? I smiled. The term popularity during the 15th century started out as a word that meant least, low, vulgar, and/or of the common people. It took on a new meaning in the late eighteenth century by which time it began to gain a positive connotation. Another example of man manipulating change. The difference is that progress has always meant what it means today.

Show Me The Money!

Beverly Mahone
Beverly Mahone
I was doing a search online recently and came across a rather interesting site. A company called NextMark (http://www.nextmark.com) had released some statistical information on African-American baby boomers. It included the number of black women in each state; the number of black women with children per state; the number of magazine buyers; book readers, etc.

But what really caught my eye was the number of African-American baby boomers making $75,000 or more and what states they were concentrated in.

The Black Anglo Saxon

Darryl James
Darryl James
For all the talk of defining ourselves as African Americans, there are those of us who define ourselves based on the culture we have adopted, which is mostly European.

While most of us pretend to be African American, many of us are really Black Anglo Saxons.

James Earl Jones, an icon of the Black Anglo Saxons once mused that there is no Black culture, because culture is shaped by language and our language is English, therefore, our culture can not be anything else.