In what is probably the biggest non-surprise in electoral politics this year, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that she’s throwing her hat in the ring for her husband Bill’s old job, President of the United States. This isn’t her first time at this particular rodeo. For all intents and purposes, the 2008…

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You know who I really feel sorry for right now? Common. Now on paper, there’s really no need for me to feel sorry for a guy who just won the Academy Award, has a couple of Grammys, and has Kanye West on speed dial, but I do because right now, I’m guessing that he’s being…

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“Just wanted to give you a heads-up. Tom Wolf is replacing Bill Green as chair of the SRC…” When my friend Vince called me with that bit of news early Sunday evening, I said, oh, okay. While it was interesting on one level that Wolf decided to put Commissioner (and former School District of Philadelphia…

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After watching the video of Kanye West’s recent interview on Power 105.1’s “Breakfast Club” morning show, something that required so much coffee that my hands are still shaking a little, I’ve learned a few things… [blocktext align=”right”]When West told the world that Beyonce’ takes her cues from his wife, Kim Kardashian, I thought, “Dude, you’re…

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There are a lot of things that you probably know about me thanks to the bio that’s on my page here on SolomonJones.com. But one of the things not included in my bio is that I, at 50, still try and catch “Sesame Street” as often as possible. I don’t have any kids, and my…

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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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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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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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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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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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