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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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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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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IN A RECENT interview with the Tampa Tribune, former Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy remarked that he would not have drafted Michael Sam, the openly gay seventh round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play,” Dungy said, “but I wouldn’t want…

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