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  • RULES For Black Men 2011

      It was my distinct honor to serve as the Keynote Speaker for the RULES for Black Men Symposium on the campus of Morgan State University on 11.19.11.  This was the second annual event presented by the Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and S.M.O.O.T.H. (Strong Men Overcoming […]

  • And Justice For All

      It is not a far reach to say that all Americans are familiar with the Pledge of Allegiance.  The question is, have we as Americans lived up to it? I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, […]

  • Southern Trees

      On September 21, 2011, two men were executed by Southern courts.  A Black man, convicted of shooting and killing a White police officer, was executed in Georgia.  A White man, convicted of dragging a Black man to death behind a pickup truck, was executed in Texas. Southern trees bear […]

  • We Must Resist

      David Starkey, a British national and an historian by trade, created a racial storm recently on BBC2.  Appearing on the show “Newsnight,” Starkey claimed that the recent riots in London and other social ills can be traced directly to the idea that White “chavs” (a British colloquialism for “aggressive, […]

  • The Jackie Robinson of American Politics

      On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut, breaking the unwritten but all-too-visible color line.  Branch Rickey, General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the visionary behind this move, had the foresight to see the tremendous untapped talent represented by African-American ballplayers.  Ignoring social norm, Rickey […]

  • When Benevolence Is Greater Than Greed

      As a motivational speaker, I am always telling my audience to “broadcast your inner champion.”  By that, I mean for them to explore and identify who they are.  I remind them that they must know their familial and cultural connections and how they make up who they are.  Having […]

  • The Lion Speaks Of The Enemy Within

      On October 4, 1963, H.I.M. Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia gave a speech at the United Nations that has reverberated in the minds and actions of conscientious thinkers to this day.  King Selassie made an impassioned plea to a wold that perceived itself disconnected from the injustices taking place […]

  • The Price of a Soul in Politics

      I was recently alerted to a political campaign attack ad that, upon viewing, transported me back about 100 years or more.  I’d never seen a political ad so blatantly vicious, racist, sexist and hurtful.  It would be difficult to describe my reaction.  In short, I was speechless.  And those […]

  • The State of Black Men in America

      It was my honor yesterday (6.16.11) to be a guest on Real Talk with host Phoenix Starr on www.svmixradio.com.  The topic of discussion was the state of Black men in America.  Considering that it was a one hour show, we of course could not fully explore all that such […]