I’M GETTING older. That much was evident at my 30th high-school reunion this past weekend. At first, everything went according to plan. We arrived at the venue without getting lost, which we did at our 25th. And when we walked inside, we immediately found those we knew best and made our way down memory lane.…

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I HAVE an admission to make; one I never thought I’d utter as a 47-year-old man. Please bear in mind that this is not easy for me, because I used to scoff at others for doing the very thing I’m going to share with you. But as difficult as this might be, I need to…

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THIS WEEKEND we went to a bat mitzvah. For many black families, this peek into Jewish tradition is culture shock. For the Joneses? It’s old hat. We’ve been to so many bat mitzvahs that LaVeta is starting to hum along to the tunes. Little Solomon has started checking out the young men’s yarmulkes. And Eve?…

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MY 13-YEAR-OLD daughter, Eve, has been onstage since before she was born. As the star of so much of my writing over the years, she’s accustomed to being the center of attention. In July 2001, when my very-pregnant wife, LaVeta, traveled with me to New Orleans for a conference, Eve was there. And though we…

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WHEN LAVETA caught me in her smoldering stare for the first time, we fell in love. I still see those memories in her eyes. Those eyes take me back to a time before children and bills, before heartbreaks and disappointments, before triumphs and tears, before books and columns. Those eyes – like honey sparkling in…

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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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LAST WEEK, when there were no more New Jersey Nets to divorce, no more sex tapes to leak, and no more rappers to marry, Kim Kardashian did what any self-respecting reality star would do. She got naked. And this wasn’t ordinary nakedness. No, this was the kind of naked that requires a misspelling of the…

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IT’S HALLOWEEN time again, and celebrities, like the rest of America, are playing along. Well, sort of . . . In truth, America’s celebrities celebrate Halloween all year round. How else to explain actress Renee Zellweger emerging at Elle’s Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration recently looking like some other chick? I mean, maybe she had…

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WHEN FELLOW Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong appeared on my radio show to say that a “Real Housewives” spinoff was a possibility for Philadelphia, I thought it was cute. I mean, who could resist the possibility of producer Princess Ann Banton-Lofters creating “Housewives” madness right here in the cradle of liberty? We could have our…

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