It's funny how a publicly inflicted injustice can turn someone or something ordinary into a hero.
With the theater screens and our television screens awash with superheroes, I thought I would dabble my pen into writing about a character for the genre.
Since 1992, Native Americans have waged an unrelenting protest campaign against the name "Redskins," which they insist is a dictionary-defined racial slur. And the team’s achievements on the field recently have gone from bad to worse because, some folks say, they have “bad karma.”
What a great bad year President Barack Obama had in 2014.
There is broad consensus that the United States is suffering from a malaise. There is far less agreement on how to correct the country's problems.
It's been a gut wrenching couple of weeks for us in the nation's capital.
Marion S. Barry Jr. — D.C.'s "Mayor for Life," indeed, "Mayor Forever" — taught us so many lessons in his lifetime and maybe even more valuable lessons in his departure from this life.
I would have thought that by now, there would be so much revulsion over the treatment of Black folks, especially the males, that there would be universal consensus that White cops, district attorneys and crooked judges are up to no good and cannot be trusted to so much as empty the chamber pot in grandmother's bedroom in the morning. But alas.
Before we get the rope and assemble the posse for his "necktie party," I would advise that Bill Cosby — as we all are entitled to be — is innocent until proven guilty, and the burden of proof is on the prosecutors, accusers.
Black folks in leadership often demand that there be "one set of rules" or a "level playing field" for everyone in "the game." The NAACP should be an exemplar of that principle and extend its "right hand of fellowship" to the members of what might become a Black Republican "Caucus" in Congress.
What happened at the polls on Election Day 2014 was so plain that even Ray Charles could see it, even from the grave.
Just as I don't judge people who choose same-sex partners, I don't expect folks to judge me because I don't think cross-dressing and garishly flaunting one's sexual preferences as if that's their "identity" is equivalent with their skin color. It’s not.
Now that the election is near, get ready for blaming-the-Black-president-on-steroids season.
Even though three times as many people have died in this country from influenza within the last 30 days than have died from Ebola, Americans are frightened out of their wits about Ebola, the cruel hemorrhagic disease associated with three African countries
Before the recent "security lapses" by the Secret Service devolved into a genuine national security threat to this country, I was trading jokes and quips with the best of them about how utterly laughable their behavior was becoming.
With all the legitimate reasons for complaining about President Barack Obama's performance in office, the nation's conservative nits outdid themselves recently, complaining about what was dubbed "the latte salute."
Even though the outcome has no effect on my life, I was hoping the Scottish people would have voted for independence from the United Kingdom — Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I was hoping for a teachable moment for Blacks in America.
If he had only slapped a few of those Wall Street bankers around when he first came into office, President Barack Obama would be feared by some people, and he wouldn't have all the major problems he's facing now. Too bad.
There are many good reasons why Black people do not trust the police, prosecutors, and judges in America.
Long live the Spirit of the Million Man March … revolution!
There is absolutely nothing that was done by either Eric Garner or Michael Brown on the days they were murdered that would justify their deaths. Nothing.
Everywhere we turn, the contradictions concerning the time and space continuum abound. What century is this? Where are we?
There is one name in NFL circles — not that of a player, however — which has been around far too long.
The latest GOP gimmick is to sue President Barack Obama, for not adequately enforcing provisions of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — which the Republican-controlled House has voted 43 times to repeal!
The sun rising in the West is not an astronomical phenomenon, but rather a spiritual one. I believe it means that the life-giving, spiritual Light of Islam, like the life-giving light of the physical sun, will rise in the Western Hemisphere, not in the East, where Islam's Prophet and Holy Shrines resided and still reside.
it was and is important for Black people in America and all over the planet to "think Black" — but that's not enough.
I cannot stomach the idea of attending the White House Islamic event to watch the duplicitous and hypocritical pronouncements of even-handedness toward the Muslim world while the White House gives Israel the green light to brutally trample Muslim rights and stamp out the lives of Palestinian Muslims in Gaza, a territory which Israel illegally occupies by force.
America's friends all seem to be afraid to fight for their own countries.
The simple way many people explain American slavery and its aftermath is to say it was all about money. And while it is true that America's wealth and power in the world today are a direct result of the free labor of millions of enslaved Africans, it wasn't all about money.
Picture this: A tiny caucus — one that represents one-seventh of the total members of one branch of two houses, of one of three branches of government — able to paralyze the entire government, dozens and dozens of times.
All hail Juneteenth, the holiday that was declared by enslaved Africans in America.
You can't change the outcome of a war by yourself. You shouldn't go it alone. You certainly can't win it alone.
As I look around our landscape today, I don't fret that we are running short of geniuses. What I lament is that the time is well past for these brilliant minds to step forward and seize the mantle of public attention, not for their own aggrandizement, but for the collective progress of our people.
This place is the biggest small country town, of which most Americans probably have never heard.
One of the country's best juvenile delinquency prevention programs will strut its stuff Saturday in the District.
There are armed and dangerous people in this world who call themselves Muslims who are not true Muslim believers at all, but rather are nothing more than barbarians.
The people who "reside" in Washington, D.C. are living in a world of trouble — double trouble to be precise.
By and large, this gun thing is a White guy's game.
A generation ago when we were just learning about the great accomplishments of African scholars and civilizations, during a period when Europeans were literally living in caves, Black people were proud of our African heritage.
To say that the legal outcome of any dispute in the United States is a function of scientific-like "laws" which function immutably for all regardless of whom or what is nothing more than a joke.
Congratulations, President Obama and team!
Athletic competition has a lot in common with military combat.
Paul Ryan's poverty gaffe comes at a time when the GOP is trying to shed its image as an out-of-touch club for aging White males, longing for the “Good Ol' Days” when black-and-white TV was for the most part, all White.
There are several crude and tasteless expressions I can think of to describe American policy toward Ukraine these days, but suffice it to say that it's a “cheeky” crowd of American talking heads demanding that Russia back off and withdraw its troops from the autonomous Crimean Republic which, like Ukraine, was once part of the Soviet Union, and whose population is more than 60 percent Russian.
President Barack Obama is in an unenviable position.
It is time that Nation of Islam scholars convene themselves and form their own academic council.
It does not surprise me to hear praising testimonials from important Islamic leaders, important world leaders concerning this truly amazing man, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
I'm far from a wealthy person to whom folks with money pay attention for investment advice. Yet I can say with certainty a couple of things about the financial future of Africa, which history, I believe, will reward my accuracy.
After 19-plus years of committed bicycle commuting, I am convinced that the Washington Metropolitan Area is the very best place anywhere to be a bicycle commuter.
I don't know if the dearly departed Poet Laureate and Black literary genius Amiri Baraka would have ever even gone to the world famous Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Strip in Hollywood. He was always such a literary savant, Beat Poet, and coffeehouse trendsetter, the idea of him in a discothèque, especially one where scantily clad women danced in cages, just does not compute.