Justice for black students

I started last week with a breakfast on the national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. adjacent to the old 12th Street YMCA, now the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, D.C.. As I dined with my college newspaper colleague Roger Glass, now an editor for the American Federation of Teachers, and his wife, we […]

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Furthering Innovation & Equity

I get the chance to further discuss the fourth wave of black innovation as keynoter for the Innovation Generation/Minority Media and Telecommunications Coalition Congressional Internet Policy Forum this afternoon in the Rayburn House Office Building at 3 p.m. The first day of the MMTC Broadband and Social Justice Summit at the Westin Grand in Georgetown […]

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Creating our own stimulus

During the eighth annual National Black Business Month in August, we call for 31 Ways in 31 Days to support black-owned businesses. The idea is to create habits which last all year round. In that vein, we make a point of maximizing the use of black firms during the events we present during the year. […]

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Half smoke and Vernon Jordan

I’d been holding out, trying to be good for a week, but after worshiping at the historic 15th Street Presbyterian Church, I went to Ben’s Chili Bowl for my first chili half-smoke of my Washington, D.C. trip. Just after I got in line and ordered a chili half-smoke without mustard, Vernon Jordan followed me in […]

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Why IP is a social justice issue?

Anyone who attended an historically black college and university or grew up watching the CIAA, SWAC, MEAC and SIAC has to suffer a twinge when watching bowl games to see the likes of the University of Wisconsin marching band going through a dance step routine at the Rose Bowl. Instinctly, one thinks, they stole that […]

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Excitement building for INNOVATION & EQUITY at Jewel on U Street

With 79,000 African-Americans in cutting edge occupations and graduate research in the national capital area, U Street is on the verge of a transformational “function at the junction” for advancing economic justice through innovation. The Lincoln Theatre, “the Jewel on U Street,” hosts the 11th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology Symposium — “INNOVATION […]

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We need a Carolina victory…

No expedition through my mother’s photo collection would be complete without her collection of her grandson Chioke’s passage to manhood. How time flies! Soccer was his sport of choice, particularly in the Richmond 5-9 leagues as he proceeded through John B. Cary Elementary School.

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Raiding Mom’s photo collection

With my home town of Statesville and the Poplar Branch neighborhood where my parents bought a home just after World War II socked in with eight and a half inches of snow, it was the perfect opportunity to turn historian on myself, rummaging through my mother’s photo collections, including a couple of family Bibles. It […]

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Taking teachers to school

SAN FRANCISCO — The 37 percent dropout rate for African-American students in California means educators need to go to school, according to publisher/historian John William Templeton. In conjunction with the San Francisco Public Library, the 50-year-old Marcus Books, the country’s oldest black bookstore; the San Francisco African-American Historical and Cultural Society, the National Park Service, […]

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Orange cranberry bread

One of my favorite pastimes is baking pastries, pies and bread, but I take a backseat to artisan baker John Akins, impresario of San Francisco’s Cafe Golo and AYS Foods. Long before the Giants won the World Series, the Norfolk, VA native was hitting culinary home runs. Just this year alone, he catered the 10th […]

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Putting money into black communities to create jobs over the holidays

Nothing is worse for the holiday spirit than unemployment. As Thanksgiving approaches, the highest black unemployment in more than a decade stubbornly persists. To add insult to injury, the massive recovery bill has run its course and there is little indication that the new Congress will take any steps to address joblessness in black communities. […]

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