Why Clay Aiken’s Coming Out Matters

In and of itself, the fact that singer Clay Aiken finally came out as gay in People magazine means no more than if he had said he were right-handed or had blue eyes. In the larger sense, though, Aiken’s admission — hard on the heels of his new son’s birth — is extremely important. While [...]

Race: The Elephant in the Room

A recent study of voter fears shows that a large percentage of white, Democratic voters won’t vote for Barack Obama because his is black. The study reprises patterns that have driven race relations in business and society since our earliest colonial days and continue to this day. Even while agreeing that Republican / McCain policies [...]

Do You Have a License to Have Children but Not Sex?

I was drawn to the headline of Friday’s September 19, 2008, Los Angeles Times Opinion piece entitled “Protecting Marriage to Protect Children.” It was written by New York author David Blankenhorn, President of Institute for American Values (IAV). Mr. Blankenhorn wants everyone to vote for Prop 8 to take away the right of lesbians and [...]

Six Degrees

ive former U.S. Secretaries of State gathered at George Washington University to give advice to the next president of the United States. Nothing profound or unexpected was uttered from a single one. It was more of the same – the same players living their comfortable lives speaking their politically correct language. I was hoping to [...]

This Is Your Nation on White Privilege

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help. White privilege is when you can get pregnant at 17 like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a [...]

Defeat Prop 8

Proposition 8 on the November ballot would take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. A simple majority (50% + 1 vote) is all that is needed to defeat or pass this dangerous and discriminatory constitutional amendment.

Petersburg: Race, Religion, and Politics

I’m writing this in Jamestown, Virginia, on a day trip to see the new archeology work on the colony, which was settled here in 1607. I’m staying in Petersburg, a small city south of Richmond. Petersburg is a market town with railroads. It is the city to which Grant chased Lee, at the end of [...]

Obama: Historical Immortality at 47

The moment when Hillary Rodham Clinton suspended the state-by-state roll call vote she had demanded, moving for the 2008 Democratic Convention to nominate Senator Barack Obama by acclamation, was extraordinary. Network cameras, inevitably, zeroed in on African-Americans, young and old, beaming, as tears poured down their cheeks.

Proposition HATE

For four days, Democrats reminded us what it is to dream of a better world. The old lion, Ted Kennedy anchored the week, reminding us that Democrats have long championed the dream of a better America that can and should be built by a nation blessed with advantages and resources which most nations can’t imagine. [...]

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Celebrates 30 Years

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Let’s face it, anytime you get 2,000 gay men and lesbians together in one room it’s a political statement. And, Monday evening, August 25, in Disney Hall was no exception when the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) celebrated its 30th Anniversary. It was an inspirational evening under the Artistic Direction of GMCLA’s Bruce [...]

Thoughts on a Black First Lady in Waiting

“Barack has a handicap the other candidates don’t have: Barack Obama has a black wife. And I don’t think a black woman can be first lady of the United States. Yeah, I said it! A black woman can be president, no problem. First lady? Can’t do it. You know why? Because a black woman cannot [...]

Denver: Your Protestors Should Be Greeted with Flowers!!

At the very core of patriotism is the desire to preserve and enhance democracy. For true patriots – those who take their love of nation beyond the confines of their cushy sofas and wide screen TVs – there are no limits to their efforts to hold leaders accountable to uphold the Constitution and safeguard its [...]

Covenant Medical Center Serves Central L.A.

by Dolores Nehemiah — Every now and then we hear of the discovery of treasures of varied kinds. However, recently a group of Community Friends joined together to expose a well-kept secret right in the middle of our hood. It is a treasure hidden in plain sight at 6109 So. Crenshaw Blvd. African American women [...]

Into the Lion’s Den

It’s a mistake to let religion guide politics. Faith is personal and should stay that way. Yet, religion continues to encroach into public forums and frame important issues. And, even though I am a born again Christian, I have enough sense to know that America needs to keep a strict separation of church and state. [...]

Obama and the Legacy of the 1963 March on Washington

August 28, 2008 marks the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington. Forty-fifth anniversaries rarely garner the kind of attention reserved for their quarter and half-century counterparts. But as the Democratic Party prepares to nominate a black man as its presidential candidate on the anniversary of the march, the Obama campaign is doing its best [...]

Ode to the Mac Man

One of the funniest comedians I ever heard in my life, Bernie Mac, died this past weekend. He was 50 years old. Overcoming life’s challenges is often not considered funny material. Black life in America is often recalled as sad but true. Bernie Mac had a way of relating our experiences in a way that [...]

Pelosi Gets “Booked” & Confronts Her Own Past

Monday evening, in the plush environs of Los Angeles’ American Jewish University, a dedicated group of pro-peace, Pro-Constitution patriots “booked” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. No, I don’t mean “booked” as in charged her with a crime and jailed her. In this scenario, “booked” is more akin to “punked” – in which case we [...]

The Drop Out Rate for Black Students in California: A Crisis

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he Department of Education released their new definition of a “Drop Out” and the tracking system that will have cost us taxpayers over $33 million dollars when complete. The new system requires each student to be assigned a special number that follows them throughout their school life. This is necessary in order to know when [...]

Uniting a Divided Nation

Not too long ago, Dick and I joined our local Unitarian Universalist Church, Neighborhood Church in Pasadena. Shortly after we started attending, the church contacted us about a potluck dinner they were having for the congregation’s “people of color.” Being a newcomer to the church, I tried my best to be gracious as I inquired [...]

Blind to Racism. . .part I

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Blind to Racism is a series that tells of incidents you won’t hear about in the media or history books. These are the types of incidents, frequently experienced by people of color, that inform them of the progress the country is or isn’t making on the racial divide.

Census Nonsense

Witnessing the Bush administration’s politicalization of the nation’s governmental agencies, it would be a surprise to learn that the United States Census Bureau (CB) had escaped the political correctness-du-jour, especially in light of it’s history.

Protestors Dog Pelosi on Her LA Book Tour at American Jewish University

Nancy Pelosi thanked her host, American Jewish University, proclaimed her support for Israel as a Jewish state, and then talked about the importance of women owning their power – this from the woman who upon assuming her role as Speaker of the House declared impeachment off the table, thus immediately surrendering her power to hold [...]

Can’t Stand Out to be Counted

Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau, now metaphorically, comes knocking on our doors. But when the census surveys arrive in 2010 in married households of same-sex couples in Massachusetts, we will be reclassified as either unmarried or as same-sex partners if it’s a childless household, and single-parent families if we have children.

The Bradley Effect

ince Obama’s presidential aspirations are beginning to look like they have the possibility of becoming reality, we’re hearing a term in political parlance that we haven’t heard for quite some time. The term I’m referring to is the “Bradley Effect”. I first heard mention of this phenomenon sometime in January 2008 during the Democratic Presidential [...]

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