On Thursday evening, as I waited with the press corps for President Obama’s address to the House Democratic Caucus Retreat in Philadelphia, I knew the themes he would cover. He would chastise Republicans for their intransigence, and challenge Democrats to unite. He would speak of an abiding hope for the middle class, and highlight an…

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On the heels of President Barack Obama’s uplifting State of the Union address comes news that will dash the hopes of many. According to numerous published reports, the Justice Department is on the brink of announcing that it will not file federal civil rights charges against former Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot…

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Top 5 Live – January 22nd 1. Republicans invite Netanyahu to address Congress and diss Obama Republicans in Congress invited the prime minister of Israel to rebut Obama’s Iran policy from the congressional podium next month. 2. Ball inflation controversy creates a real mess for Patriots, NFL Seven years ago, the Boston Herald reported that the Patriots…

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For any black artist who has ventured into the mainstream world of media and entertainment, “Selma” director Ava Duvernay being snubbed by the Academy Awards is not surprising, but it’s still sad. Duvernay’s landmark film won a best picture nod after she coaxed Oscar-worthy performances from actors such as David Oyelowo, who portrayed Martin Luther…

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Those of you who have followed Denzel Washington’s career since its inception know that he won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the movie Glory. [blocktext align=”right”]Glory focused so much on Matthew Broderick’s character, Col. Robert Gould Shaw, and the issues he faced leading black troops that we never really got any…

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I TOOK MY family to see “Selma,” the Golden Globe-nominated film that portrays the bloody battle for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I took them, not because of the film’s historical lessons or cinematic splendor. I did so because my children must see their story on screens large enough to hold…

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The shootings at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris last week have led to yet another round of conversations about free speech. [blocktext align=”right”]While I hate the fact that these folks chose to fight speech they didn’t like with automatic weapons instead of with more speech, I also hate what they’re forcing me to defend. To…

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Freedom isn’t free. That refrain has danced in my head since the tragic murders of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. The satirical publication had long faced threats from Islamic extremists who believed the magazine’s cartoons insulted the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. In 2011, the threats morphed into violence when the magazine’s offices were…

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ANYONE who knows me knows how hard I work. In fact, people often joke that I’m Jamaican – slang for someone who works hard at several jobs. Since my grandfather was from St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Jamaican thing is not far off the mark. That’s why I usually just smile and…

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FATHERHOOD was tough for me in 2014, because there were moments in which it was impossible to laugh. There was the moment when I had to explain to my 10-year-old son that I couldn’t buy him an Airsoft pistol, because someone could mistake it for a real gun and tragedy might ensue. I had no idea at the time that…

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