Hammerin Hank Aaron and the battle against white supremacy

Hank Aaron died this weekend at the age of 86, after a lifetime of breaking barriers.   Funny thing is, most of us have no idea what Hank Aaron did or what it meant, or why a baseball player would be so important. But here’s the reality. Baseball is a sport that’s defined America from the…

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Obama to Democrats: Stop Running From Who You Are

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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Independence Day in red white and black

WHEN YOU LIVE in Philadelphia, you can’t help but notice Independence Day. American history is kind of everywhere you look around here. The Welcome America! celebration brings together all sorts of movies, exhibits, and concerts featuring a number of bands, including one of my favorites, The Roots. [blocktext align=”right”]Every year the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition sets…

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Iraq, our kids, and the March of the War Pigs

“Generals gathered in their masses, just like witches at black masses…” – Black Sabbath, War Pigs If you’ve ever seen the movie “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka!” you know that the way you can tell if someone is a real hero is if he has a band behind him playing his theme music. [blocktext align=”right”]Thanks…

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