Dear Housewife: Should teens have to report in when they are out late or should they be given more freedom? – Pulling an all nighter Dear All Nighter:  I have a confession to make. I’m well over 21 and I still check in with my mother!  Yes, it’s true.  To this day, whenever I leave my…

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LIKE MANY BLACK FANS, I saw a hint of racial bias when DeSean Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles following allegations of gang affiliation. Why? Because when Jackson’s case is compared to that of Riley Cooper, a white player who hatefully  looked into a video camera at a country music concert and said, “I…

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Fights and video IT’S 11:35 a.m. The first lunch period is ending. The noise erupts from lava lit tongues spewing insults. Two fiery female students are gravitating closer to one another. The flames are spreading like wildfire as their peers feed off the energetic chaos. This promises not to end in peace. We are told…

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THE CANDY RING is a short produced by Solomon Jones and optioned by NBC. It is based on a Philadelphia Daily News column. Oh, and one more thing. The Candy Ring is hilarious. Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award winning columnist. He is the creator and editor of Solomonjones.com, and the true…

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Question of the day: You’re a neat freak but your mate is downright sloppy and keeps the house disorderly. You clean and they totally disregard your efforts by putting dirty dishes in the sink, throwing clothes on the bathroom floor, and leaving the bedroom a hot mess. It’s a classic battle: Neat freak vs Slob. How…

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LAST WEDNESDAY I took the family to see the Sixers and watched them extend their 20-plus-game losing streak. It was the first Sixers game for Eve, who was primarily interested in the food. It was the second game for Little Solomon, who uses such occasions as an opportunity to yell at the top of his lungs. LaVeta? It was…

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MICHAEL VICK TOOK an improbable path from number one NFL draft pick to federal prison. His long road back took him through Philadelphia, and last week he landed with the New York Jets. There, the man who once lost everything to a dogfighting conviction can shine under the brightest lights, speak in the largest media…

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THE EDWARD SNOWDEN leaks came with claims of patriotism, but when I look at Snowden, it’s hard to see beyond his hypocrisy. Hailed as a hero by his supporters for releasing thousands of classified documents concerning American surveillance programs to media outlets, Snowden maintains that he acted out of loyalty to America. The authorities disagree…

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AS A BLACK FATHER, my concerns for my children are much the same as those of other parents. I want my children to be safe, to be brilliant, to be successful. Most of all, I want them to know they are loved. But beyond those concerns are the underlying anxieties that come with knowing one’s…

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Breaking mental chains: One boy’s challenge I’VE BEEN TEACHING juveniles in a detention facility for the past year. Inside those walls of containment are bottles of brilliant creative ingenuity that haven’t had the opportunity to exercise for the world. These fledgling inmates are learning that there are better decisions to make. To do so it…

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