August 27, 2018

            Kofi Annan made his transition in August.  The seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, he worked up from the lower ranks (starting at age 24) of the international organization, to serve as head of peacekeeping operations, and four years into his term as UN Secretary-General, earning the Nobel Peace Prize.  Annan, born in the kente-weaving province of Kumasi, Ghana, was the first African to lead the United Nations.  After leading the UN for a decade, he continued to serve the world in a peacekeeping role through his foundation and in a leadership role in the Elders, a peace...

August 20, 2018

I am no fan of Omarosa Manigault Newman, the mononymous diva who dominates the airwaves whenever she wants to.  Her new book, Unhinged, which I won’t read, is billed as a tell-all on 45's White House and its shenanigans. In making the rounds, Omierosie (my nickname for her) has played tapes that seem to corroborate at least some of her allegations about 45.  More importantly, her tapes are evidence that the game captured the hunter.  In other words, Omierosie took a page from 45's book and trusted fewer people than even 45 did!

Now the 45-defense machine, led by Sarah Huckabee Sa...

August 13, 2018

 Just over four years ago, on August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson.  He was shot six times, and might have survived some of the shots, but was fatally wounded by a bullet in the head.    Wilson claimed he shot in self-defense, but Michael Brown was unarmed.  Prosecutor Bob McCulloch took his time convening a grand jury and announced in November, three months after Brown's murder, that the grand jury voted not to indict Wilson. 

Critics say that McCullough manipulated the grand jury process to protect Darren Wilson.  But...

August 6, 2018

When the Congressional Black Caucus holds its Annual Legislative Conference this September (September 12-16), I hope there will be a tribute to one of its founders, Congressman Ron Dellums, who made his transition on July 30.  Dellums was a fierce, focused fighter for justice, an anti-war activist who served in the military, authored several CBC Alternative Budgets; budgets that focused on human needs rather than military buildup, and an indefatigable fighter for South African freedom.  He is the epitome of Congressional activism, progressive leadership, and stellar integrity.  After 27 years...

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