Dr. Wilmer Leon: More Compromises on the Backs of Blacks is a Continuation of History

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By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III During this debt and deficit debate President Obama has been very clear in stating, “Not only is it not fair if all this is done on the backs of middle-class families,” Obama said, “it doesn’t make sense. … That’s why people from both parties have said the best way to […]

Dr. Boyce: Racial Wealth Gap Largest It’s Been in 25 Years

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action A new study presented some disturbing, yet expected news about the sad state of economic affairs within the African American community. According to the study, the wealth gap between white and black Americans has become the widest that it’s been in the last 25 years. As it stands, […]

Dr. Wilmer Leon Analyzes the Casey Anthony Verdict with Dr. Daniel Lee

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Dr. Wilmer Leon, host with “On with Leon,” speaks with Dr. Daniel Lee about the Casey Anthony verdict.  You can listen BY CLICKING HERE.        

Dr. Boyce: President Obama Set to Meet with Marc Morial and Ben Jealous, But Why?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. I received an email today from the White House stating that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with NAACP President Ben Jealous and Urban League President Marc Morial.   President Obama’s schedule (which can be seen here) shows that the meeting will be roughly 25 minutes, giving these three important […]

Dr. Boyce: Getting Out of Your Own Personal Prison

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I just spoke to my friend Ryan Mack about our “Never Going Back” initiative to attack the problems of mass incarceration and recidivism in America. During the conversation, I had a revelation: Most of us are just a step away from being incarcerated, or have yet to understand what it truly means to be free. Sure, […]

Julianne Malveaux: The Flaws of Budget Brinksmanship on Capitol Hill

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by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President – Bennett College for Women Exactly how long have we known that August 2 is the drop-dead date to increase the debt ceiling? If we don’t do it, our nation will precipitate an international crisis by defaulting on debt that dozens of other countries carry and by signaling that the […]

Michael Eric Dyson Explains Why We Lie about Black Leadership in America

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In this video, Professor Michael Eric Dyson lays out the reasons that America deludes itself as it pertains to black leadership.  In the video, Dyson explains that many of the negatives that are associated with black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are not much different from the negatives that Americans associated with […]

Disturbing Study: Black Men Get Better Healthcare, Protection in Prison than Out

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. Many of us have seen the dismal statistics for black males in America.  African American men are at the bottom of the barrel in nearly every category of life, including healthcare, education, incarceration, and unemployment.  Many of us raise our black boys with little to no understanding of how many of […]

George James: Time to “Man Up” on Domestic Violence

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by George James The other day on my way to see clients, I heard Rihanna’s latest hit song “Man Down” on the radio again.  When I heard the song for the first time, I was pulled into the Caribbean beat.  I admit, the Jamaican in me connected to the music and I didn’t really hear […]

Dr. Boyce: How Sports Teaches Black Men to Marginalize Themselves

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins I was driving out of Atlanta the other day, speaking to my baby sister.  She listens to me ramble, and that’s why I love her.  Our topic for the day was black men and sports.  I mentioned how I turned on ESPN in my hotel room (all 10 million channels) and saw […]

Dr. Julianne Malveaux: The Unemployment Race to the Bottom

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by Julianne Malveaux While a Department of Education program embraces “a race to the top”, our nation’s current stance toward our fourteen million officially unemployed people represents nothing less than a race to the bottom.  We are content to report, month after month, unemployment rates in excess of nine percent, to use questionable language to describe […]

Dr. Boyce, Michael Eric Dyson, Steve Perry, Marc Lamont Hill Sign on For New Film

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Dr. Boyce Watkins, along with other leading black male scholars have all agreed to take part in “Hoodwinked,” a documentary about the state of the black male in America. According to the filmmaker, James “Janks” Morton, describes the film in the following way:   Hoodwinked will be an exploration of the most recent data being […]

Dr. Wilmer Leon: Let’s Not Let Casey Anthony Distract Us from Real Injustice in America

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Let me say at the outset that the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, or the murder of any child, is a tragedy. Am I outraged at the verdict of not guilty of murder or manslaughter for Casey Anthony? No. Was Casey involved in the death and/or cover-up of Caylee? In my opinion, she probably was. […]

Dr. Boyce: JP Morgan Nows Owns a Chunk of Ebony/Jet – The Death of Black-Owned Media

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. One of the last holdouts in the onslaught of major corporations seeking to take over the black-owned media space was the Johnson Publishing Company, which runs Ebony and Jet Magazines.  As Essence Magazine, BET and other outlets found themselves running into the arms of a financial white knight, the Johnson family […]

Dr. Miriam Harris: White Liberalism’s Use of Antiquated Models of Racial Equality

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by Prof. Miriam Harris. I’m sure more than one colleague thinks my recent foray into law school was an intellectual’s version of a mid-life crisis. I mean think about it. For the money I borrowed I could have gotten a BMW X3, a tummy tuck plus a week in Cabo with a Shemar Moore look-a […]

Dr. Boyce: Why You Should (or Should Not) Go Planking

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. I found myself in what some would call “an SMH moment” (Shaking My Head) when my daughter exposed me to the growing trend of “planking”: laying out with your body still and arms to the side in some of the oddest positions imaginable.  The goal is to compete with your friends […]

Julianne Malveaux: People of Color Should Have a Stronger Voice with the IMF

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by Julianne Malveaux, President – Bennett College for Women Part of me is delighted that France’s Finance Minister Christine Lagarde will replace the accused rapist Dominique Strauss-Kahn as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She will be the first woman to hold this position, and her background makes her a good pick for […]

Dr. Boyce Video: Not Letting the Power of Money Control You

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins As a Finance Professor, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and learning the power of money.  I began studying money in college because I never had very much growing up.  My parents worked hard to provide a good living and experienced social mobility through time, but we were definitely […]

Erin Harper: Why Better Parenting Isn’t a Catch-all Solution to Negative Images in Media

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by Erin Harper. I appreciate the discussion about the Letter to Shaunie O’Neal. While an overwhelming number of readers have found the letter to be enlightening and dialogue-provoking, other readers have questioned my position and method. While I will address these questions in more detail at a later time, I will briefly discuss the most […]

Erin Harper: The 2011 Black Exploitation Television (BET) Awards; My Play by Play Analysis

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If you missed the Black Exploitation Television (BET) Awards last night, you are probably amongst the 20% of Americans with better things to do. With that said, I almost watched the entire thing. I had no idea that the show was airing until a sorority sister texted me to ask my thoughts. I immediately put […]

Julianne Malveaux: China Leans Toward the Euro – What Does This Mean for the Dollar?

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China has more than $3 trillion in currency reserves, more than any other country in the world.  They’ve decided to use some of their reserves to invest in the euro, the currency of the European Union.  In putting money behind the euro, China says that despite the challenges posed by financial problems in Greece, despite worries that […]