10. Viola Davis’ Wig on Shonda Rhimes’ “How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC More people talked about her character, Annalise Keating’s cock-eyed hairpieces, than the actual plot of the show. But when she took off the wig at the end of a recent episode, fans related to the wig as part of the…

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THE LAST FEW WEEKS have been trying times for me as a father. The debate on police brutality has taken the national stage, pitting one side against another in an ideological battle over life, death and the use of force in our communities. We’ve seen unarmed men choked to death. We’ve seen police officers gunned…

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When I used to teach journalism at Temple University, one of the things that I’d hand my students is a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution. I did this because you have people out there who forget that among the things covered in the Constitution is freedom of speech and press. In the 23 years…

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On either side of the thin blue line that separates police from civilian, we all have the same aspirations. Chief among those is justice. But if we truly want justice for all the victims of senseless violence, and not just the ones who look like us, we must do more than stand up for the…

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Beverly Johnson is a game changer. Before Johnson hit the cover of American Vogue in 1974, black women weren’t gracing the covers of fashion magazines. In fact, if the magazine wasn’t Ebony, Jet, or Essence, seeing a woman of color in any of its pages was a rare occurrence. But by 1975, thanks to women…

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In the wake of Ferguson, I worry about my son. Those words, from a Philadelphia Daily News column I wrote, led to a call from a producer at ABC’s Nightline. Within 24 hours, my son and I were in our house with anchor Byron Pitts and a film crew talking about race, class, police, and…

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THE IMAGE was horrific. An unarmed father of six, choked from behind by a police officer on a Staten Island street corner. As his life slipped away, Eric Garner repeatedly gasped the words that would come to define the encounter: “I can’t breathe.” Though Garner repeated that fateful phrase 11 times, Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the…

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Thanks to the decisions by grand juries in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, the Rev. Al Sharpton has put his marching shoes on. [blocktext align=”right”]Don’t get me wrong. I like a good march as much as the next person. Gives me a chance to exercise and see folks that I only see when covering…

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On Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, Solomon joined a panel of guests that included Camden County Police Chief   J. Scott Thomson and Dwayne Royster, founding pastor of Living Water United Church of Christ and the executive director of P.O.W.E.R., an organization devoted to racial justice. The discussion centered on the grand jury decisions not to indict…

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On Thursday’s Wake Up With WURD on 900 am WURD, Solomon Jones interviewed Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey after a Staten Island, NY, Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner. In the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner decisions, Commissioner Ramsey has been tapped by President…

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