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I’m pro-profile and anti-assumption. In the tradition of people watching, general profiling of appearance can be fairly accurate on average depending on attire and setting. As a microcosm, think of lunch table cliques in high school (goths, jocks, etc). The macro, however, is too multi-dimensional for the naked eye because one can profile based on […]

What’s black and blue and crooked all over? The New York Police Department (NYPD). And after years of flashing their shiny badges and guns into the faces of innocent black men, destroying family and community structure with the war on drugs, and instilling fear by implementing “Stop & Frisk,” there’s isn’t much room for error […]

CNN news anchor Don Lemon & Fox Commentator Bill O’Reilly began a “Can you top this” discussion about Black people, crime and white fears last week.  O’Reilly led off saying: “The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African- American family. […] Raised without much structure, […]

I used to say the most influential leaders of Black America were Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. Since David Stern hit Roy Hibbert with a 75K fine, I haven’t heard the term “No-Homo” come out the mouth of any of these neo-indentured servants, pause. For those who don’t know, “Pause” and “No-Homo” are adolescent games […]

Dear Don, I got a chance to see what you said over the weekend about black America. At first I thought it was Fox News, but then I remembered you’re a CNN dude. I have nothing against Fox News, as Roger Ailes is my man, but the gospel you were preaching sounded like O’Reilly and […]

As in business, the rules around funding your business change. Whether you are financing it yourself or acquiring outside capital, there comes a time when you might need some extra capital to expand your business. Self-funding or bootstrapping your business would not only be ideal, but commendable. But, when should you start seriously considering raising […]

“A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both.” ~ James Madison. While the country was focused on the trial of George Zimmerman this summer, another important trial was underway. This trial, though, did not want to draw the […]

Almost two weeks ago, Detroit filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, immediately called for “significant” cuts to the pension funds of current retirees who had worked for the city. The pension shortfall accounts for $3.5 billion of the city’s $18 billion debt. It was one of […]

Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton has come under fire from Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly for his distribution deal with Cash Money Content, the publishing arm of Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne’s home label. Lil Wayne has been under fire from some in Black America for lyrics that said he’d “beat the pu**y up like […]

Americans appear to be bored by policy, titillated by private misdeeds. I get it. But, despite the fact that salacious news has always sold well, at least once upon a time it was only sprinkled in between real dialogue and serious journalism. I honestly don’t care what Anthony Weiner does with his penis. It is […]

Like so many others, I am angry and frustrated by the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. That a young black child – unarmed – walking back from the store to his father’s house can be shot dead, with no consequences for the man who killed him, confirms again many of our worst fears. For […]

When looking back at the careers of people like Diddy, or the founders of Instagram, people tend to call them lucky. They always say: “So and so is lucky. They wouldn’t have made it without it. I am not lucky.” That cop-out irks us big time. Don’t you hate that line? I can’t front, I […]