The Secret of Our Summers (We’re Still the Last to Know)

The following is a poem called “Country Living”. There’s a bee in the bushes getting’ honey. Buzz! Buzz! There’s a fly on my watermelon, but he...

MUHAMMAD ALI AND HIS INFLUENCE ON ME

Muhammad Ali was a hero to me, a young man coming of age in the turbulent 60’s and 70’s. One day, in 1967, towards...

I Applaud the Blacks and Browns on HISD School Board

Song composers, Michael Masser and Linda Creed devised lyrics that many members of the African-American community first became aware of, in the mid 1980’s....

Go Sweetly Muhammad Ali

With the passing of the larger than life sports personality, Muhammad Ali, the world has lost more than a great boxing champion. We have...

“There’s Nothing Like Seeing a Black Man Lynched & Whipped…”

I was a senior in high school back in 1977 when I first saw “Roots”; Alex Haley’s mildly anticipated autobiography about the history of...

Celebrating Memorial Day with a New Vision

I have heard that it takes a “big man” to admit when he is wrong. I guess that I must be “colossal” because not only...

African-American Servicemen & Servicewomen, I Salute You

For many, holidays are viewed as little more than a legitimate opportunity for them to be released from their work duties. However, the truth...

What a Crisis Looks Like

I must tell you that I have grown tired of African-Americans, leaders and everyday citizens, lending their time and resources to initiatives and projects...

“Po Ass Parents Produce Po Ass Children…”

“Them that’s got shall have.  Them that’s not shall lose. So the Bible says and it still is news.  Mama may have, Papa may...

Scared to Compete: The Dumbing Down of Black Men

I had the good fortune to spend a portion of my birthday in the grandest fashion I could have ever imagined; I was invited...