Monthly Archives: July 2010
A community icon passed away last week. Dr. Dolores Nehemiah was a very celebrated person in the Los Angeles black community. She wasn’t a preacher, or a politician, or an athlete, or an entertainer, people we commonly associate with “everybody knows my name” celebrity. But those who know L.A., knew Dolores Nehemiah. Particularly, if you loved to read, or loved (or wrote) books. When you saw her and her group of ladies (with big hats) coming, you stopped and paid deference to who they are and what they represented. They were the Our Authors Study Club, a literacy group founded … Continue reading
When Racists Speak Their Unspoken Truths: Understanding Why Tea Party Chairman Mark Williams Got Kicked Out:
Tea Party Chairman, Mark Williams, was kicked out of his post over the weekend, after he posted a racist blog in response to calling on the Tea Party to purge its ranks of racists. Without going into what Williams said (go to the blog to read his racist rant), understand he broke the number one rule of organizations where racists are harbored, “Thou Shalt Not Publicly Speak Our Truths.” The NAACP (and everybody else) would’ve only been able to speculate the ideology of the group had certain acts not occurred. Listening to provocative speakers (Sarah Palin, Rand Paul) does not … Continue reading
Amid much fanfare, pomp and circumstance, free agent superstar, LeBron James, made his decision. It was a little too much fanfare for some, but you can do that when you’re the game’s best player. And for his age, he is the NBA’s best player. He wasn’t on the NBA’s best team, nor is he the NBA’s best winner in the clutch (I’ll concede that title to Kobe), but at 25 years old, LeBron James is the future of the NBA…for a long time. Where LeBron was going to land was news. It just wasn’t two weeks worth of news. It … Continue reading
California NAACP’s Endorsement Of Legalizing Marijuana: Is It Me, Or Somebody High For Real This Time?
California is seeking to legalize marijuana this November. You knew it was just a matter of time before the signatures were gathered, given the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use passed in the state a few years back. Baby boomer “hippies” turn 65 this year. If anybody is going to get marijuana legalized, the “free love” generation is gonna get it done. But at who’s expense? The federal government still hasn’t decriminalized marijuana. The state of California still hasn’t quite worked out all the kinks on the prior piece of legislation and with medical marijuana dispensers popping up on every … Continue reading