Solomon Jones on working and not working

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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2015: Reflecting on Ferguson, Rihanna and more

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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A daughters light shines through the dark times

THE LAST FEW WEEKS have been trying times for me as a father. The debate on police brutality has taken the national stage, pitting one side against another in an ideological battle over life, death and the use of force in our communities. We’ve seen unarmed men choked to death. We’ve seen police officers gunned…

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Beverly Johnson changes things on Cosby

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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I saw myself in the Eric Garner tragedy

THE IMAGE was horrific. An unarmed father of six, choked from behind by a police officer on a Staten Island street corner. As his life slipped away, Eric Garner repeatedly gasped the words that would come to define the encounter: “I can’t breathe.” Though Garner repeated that fateful phrase 11 times, Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the…

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After Ferguson, I worry about my son

DARREN WILSON’S resignation from the Ferguson, Mo., police department didn’t soothe the pain I felt in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict him in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. For months, my emotional well had been filled to overflowing as I watched the shooting become a flashpoint for…

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In Solomons house, every day is Black Friday

IN RECENT YEARS, Thanksgiving week has become one of the most stressful times of the year. Not because of turkey. The tryptophan makes us too sleepy to be stressed. No, the pressure we experience during this week is because of our rush to take advantage of Black Friday sales. Well, wait, it’s not really just…

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Her catting around is just tutu humuliating

I TOLD HER not to go outside dressed like that. If she did, she was not only inviting ridicule. She was asking to be verbally abused or, worse, attacked by some maniac on the street. Of course she didn’t listen, not even when I tried to deliver the message through her fellow females. In fact,…

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Sleep vs Solomon … the showdown

FOR THE LAST month, I’ve been hosting a morning radio show. That means I get up so early that the moon doubles over with laughter while watching me grope for my keys. It’s not easy for a guy like me to get up that early, because normally I’m a night owl, and in addition to…

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Solomon either needs some sleep-or a gardner

FOR THE LAST month, I’ve been hosting a morning radio show. That means I get up so early that the moon doubles over with laughter while watching me grope for my keys. It’s not easy for a guy like me to get up that early, because normally I’m a night owl, and in addition to…

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