Can Bernie Sanders Win The Black Vote?

Bernie Sanders’ victory in the New Hampshire primary and his close second place finish in the Iowa caucuses prove only one thing: he can win in states that are overwhelming white. In Nevada, he came in behind Hillary Clinton; but in the polling, Sanders did better than expected among the state’s Latinos and its rather […]

A Few Thoughts on the March on Washington

After watching the commemorative speeches for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington I was conflicted. I had a lot of thoughts about what I witnessed. I asked two gentlemen whom I’ve had great dialogue with on history as well as political and social issues to weigh in on some questions I had. These […]

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Black Friday: What Do The Pending Budget Cuts Mean for You?

“We’re still in a recession. We’re not going to be out of it for a while, but we will get out.” Warren Buffet uttered those words and yet this nation remains dangling off the cliff of fiscal calamity. When President Obama ran for the White House in 2008, he called President Bush’s $10 trillion dollars […]

Cliff Hanger: The Fiscal Cliff Debacle & Where We Must Go From Here

As a little boy, I loved to watch the Looney Tunes. One of my favorite segments was the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. There was an episode I recall when Wile E. Coyote chased the roadrunner to the edge of a cliff. While the roadrunner halted before falling to his demise, Wile E. was not […]

Blacklisted: Why Are There No African Americans In The US Senate?

As a young African-American man who aspires to one day serve my state in the United States Senate, it would seem, much to my chagrin, that all the odds are not in my favor. The 112th Congress (2011-2013) did not have a single African-American Senator, and the incoming 113th Congress, which will serve from 2013-2015 […]

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A Month After the Election: The Obama Conundrum

There’s a chance after reading this some will call me a sellout, idiot, or worse. Maybe nobody will care. Either way I’m cool with it, but this has to be said. I’m not really expecting much from President Obama in his second term. When I say I’m not expecting much, I mean as it relates […]

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney: The Women Beside the Men

A couple of weeks ago as the Republican and Democratic National Conventions were taking place I got a chance to see Ann Romney and Michelle Obama give speeches in support of their husbands’ bid to win the 2012 presidential nomination. I jokingly tweeted during Ann Romney’s speech that I would love to see a First […]

Chicago: A City On The Brink

Chicago has a violent history. We can look back to the Race Riots of 1919, during what was called the Red Summer of 1919, which had the nation on its heels. We can even go a bit further down the historical timeline to the prohibition era event such as the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, in […]

Barack Obama Becomes First Sitting President to Back Gay Marriage

In a historic moment that will be aired tomorrow morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, President Barack Obama has come out in support of gay marriage. In doing so, he becomes the first sitting US President to back same-sex marriages, shifting markedly from the contrary or purposely silent stances his presidential predecessors have taken. As […]

The Dream Act … A Dream Deferred?

In an effort to garner and retain the youth vote that won him the election in 2008 Barack Obama has made extending the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which lowered the interest rate on federal student loans from 6.8 % to 3.4 %, a priority. The law expires in July so this past week […]