A Prayer for the Mothers

Two days before Michael Brown was shot dead in the streets of Ferguson, MO, I was watching old media footage surrounding the 1955 murder of Emmitt Till. I was struck by the grace and poise of Emmitt’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley. She insisted Emmitt’s funeral—attended by tens of thousands of mourners—be open-casket. She invited the […]

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Will We Listen to Trayvon?

“This morning new evidence has turned up in the case of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin…” New video footage. New recordings of 911 phone calls. New eyewitness accounts. And so again, we Americans get caught up in a news story about a tragedy, a violent death. If history repeats itself, we will spend […]

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Go See ‘Red Tails’ This Weekend!

. George Lucas struggled for 23 years to make the movie “Red Tails.” The film is inspired by the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators to see combat, during World War II. The film is patriotic, inspirational, and action-packed. It stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr.Why? Because it features […]

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The Holidays and the Undocumented

Something isn’t sitting well with me. GOP Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann drew fire from Bill O’Reilly this past Monday when she clarified her stance on undocumented immigrants while being interviewed on his Fox News show. O’Reilly was following up on a statement Bachman made last Saturday at Mike Huckabee’s presidential forum (also on Fox News.) […]

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Don’t Miss ‘Freedom Riders’ Tonight

Fifty years ago, on May 4, 1961, thirteen Americans—7 black, 6 white—departed Washington, D.C., on Greyhound and Trailways buses with the intent of challenging Jim Crow travel laws in the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders. Eventually 450 different people—75% of them under the age of 30—would take part in the months-long journey. Their final […]

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Taking the Teeth Out of the Tiger

No doubt many of you followed the recent controversy surrounding Amy Chua’s Wall Street Journal article, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” which was excerpted from her new book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. For those who might have missed it, here’s a recap: Chua writes a book describing the parenting philosophy she adhered to […]

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