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Is it Enough?

In Michael Jackson on June 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Ok, I’m guilty of following the Michael Jackson video marathon–jamming to old videos, songs, and practicing moves that once were so easy to do. But, ok, can we move to something else? His life under a microscope reveals not so pleasing things, but as I predicted before, in death Michael is becoming more of a god than in life. As a friend so eloquently told me, “Is there life outside of Michael?” Yes, Michael’s story is rather tragic and filled with mysteries. But Michael was also human, flaws and all. There’s a thin line between celebrating his career and becoming so enthralled with everything Michael that we forget what it means to report newsworthy material.

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Reverse Discrimination??? Reversing Sotomayor

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm

America seemingly took a giant step forward by electing its first President of African descent, yet race in America continues to be a highly contentious subject. In trying to right past wrongs committed against African Americans and other minorities, have we moved so far that we discriminate against others to protect minority rights??? The Supreme Court ruled that white firefighters in Connecticut did not receive promotions based on their race. Read Robert Barnes of the Washington Post analysis of the Court’s decision.

Voting Rights Act Remains but with some Changes

In Voting Rights Act on June 29, 2009 at 9:06 am

In a decision last week, the Supreme Court voted 8-1 to take a narrow interpretation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The federal government continues to have the authority to review election practices in “certain states to ensure minorities aren’t disenfranchised.” Click here to read Jess Bravin’s, of the Wall Street Journal, article in its entirety. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124567014181036773.html

In a word: Michael

In Michael Jackson on June 26, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Although this blog is dedicated to giving a political voice to African American and minorities in government and politics, one can’t help but mention the losses of 3 Hollywood stars within a week (Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson). Out of the three, Michael’s death has taken many by great shock and surprise. Michael was a legend before I could remember him, but he grew even bigger after his teen years. As early as I could remember, Michael’s music was filling the air in my home–and me imitating the great’s moves–not the moonwalk, but the high leg kick, the glove, the glimmer socks. I can remember spinning in my grandmother’s living room, hitting end tables, and constantly asking my mother what does “shamone” means and can I say it? I can remember my grandmother’s stories of living in Jim Crow Mississippi, having to pay poll taxes, and take literacy tests, and for my household, Michael served us proud and moved my grandmother closer to her dream that we all could live in a race-free world. But Michael was more than a Black icon, he transcended race, he was closest to the god on earth (with emphasis placed on the lower-cased g), maybe with the exception of Lennon and Elvis. Whatever the autopsy results reveal, Michael’s life was filled with the greatest highs, lows, insecurities, and doubts–not matter how large he was, he was just as human as you and me. Michael tried to conceal these feelings with what many would characterize as “strange” behavior. The latter years seem to not curb Michael’s celebrity–the sexual molestation allegations, the baby over the balcony, you pick any scenario. Michael was just Michael. He was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but Michael was yet a hero to so many. Michael was my childhood idol, he was the superstar that encouraged kids to “Just say No!” (alongside the Flintstones). He and Alvin Chipmunk invaded cartoon land with the moonwalk. No matter how you’ll remember Michael, his larger than life personality on the stage welcomed us all to a world that we felt wanted and cherished.