Opinion/Blog

Motown legend Smokey Robinson says he resents being called African American

March 28, 2022

Once identified by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” legendary recording artist, lyricist and composer Smokey Robinson, is a Rock’ n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame inductee. Photo: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden greets Smokey Robinson at the Kennedy Center Honors Medallion Ceremony at the Library of Congress, December 4, […]

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We must do something to stem this wanton bloodshed

March 25, 2022

By Roger Chesley (VM) – Please make them stop. I’m talking about the wanton, reckless firearm slayings that happen too often in Virginia and around the country. The victims and killers are disproportionately Black men. This time, an African American woman, Sierra Jenkins, was caught up in the maelstrom and shot dead. The reporter for The Virginian-Pilot had just […]

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Biden’s promise for diverse judges and federal court diversity

January 1, 2022

By Ben Jealous One of the most important reasons to vote Donald Trump out of the White House was to stop him from packing our federal courts with even more anti-voting-rights, anti-equality, pro-corporate judges. Stopping the flood of bad Trump judges was a huge accomplishment for every organizer and voter who helped elect Joe Biden […]

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“When will Abraham Bolden’s record be expunged”

December 24, 2021

By Roosevelt Wilson In America, some live privileged lives, while others died without the experience of living. Why is the Statute of Liberty not holding two torches? All of us know the answer. However, there are many who believe they were born with privileges. Living has nothing to do with where you go or what […]

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For years, newspapers printed hate, leading to lynchings and massacres

October 27, 2021

(Photo: Flag announcing another lynching. “A MAN WAS LYNCHED YESTERDAY,” is flown from the window of the NAACP headquarters on 69 Fifth Ave., New York City in 1936. (Everett Collection/Shutterstock)) By DeNeen L. Brown “FRIED OVER SLOW FIRE: Negro Commits the Unspeakable Crime and Is Put to Death With Horrible Torture; MOB GLOATS OVER FIENDISH […]

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8-year-old dead in school, dumped in morgue in Nairobi, Kenya

August 2, 2021

By Maria- Paula A human rights case is brewing in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, the East African country led by Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the nation’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta. On July 27, 2021 Njeri Migwi, Wambui Ochieng’, Bange Mecha, Rogers Otieno, Julius Omondi, Innocent Joel and Moses Okoth, human rights activists connected […]

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Not the norm: A quest to “adulting” differently

April 27, 2021

  By Maria-Paula     Julie Lythcott-Haims, a New York Times bestselling author has again shaken the literary space with an incredible guide to adulting. In the book “Your Turn – How to Be an Adult”, the author talks about her experiences growing up. She accompanies this with practical life situations of the people she interacts […]

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Self-preservation tips for black people watching the Chauvin trial

April 13, 2021

By Michelle Hollinger America’s traumatization of Black people continues with the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer who nonchalantly bore his knee into George Floyd’s neck for nearly ten minutes, killing the handcuffed man as bystanders pleaded for his life. Watching the proceedings can evoke a litany of unpleasant feelings in Black people, […]

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Justin Fairfax’s Problematic Comparison To Emmett Till, George Floyd Doesn’t Fly

April 9, 2021

Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor took a page out of Clarence Thomas‘ book during the state’s televised gubernatorial debate on Tuesday. During a question regarding policing in the southern state, Fairfax began pontificating on the historical ramifications of systemic racism, which often leads to state sanctioned violence. “The murder of George Floyd was horrific,” Fairfax said. “But it […]

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The honor code Is the heart of the VMI experience

March 17, 2021

By Carmen Villani Honor does not see color of skin. Honor does not see gender. Honor does not see socioeconomic status. What it does see is the “dream” of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — judging a person based upon content of his or her character. Honor is not a casual word that is tossed […]

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