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Why you should vote and why it may not matter

Voting time is here again. Dutifully, many of us will go to the polls and cast our ballots … and it may not matter.

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Why demonizing others makes us feel better

I find no advantage in parroting points made by every pundit, blogger or pop social media analyst out there.

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Tony Dungy and the Contradiction of Black Homophophia

I’m waiting all the facts to develop in the Michael Brown case so I can comment on it intelligently.

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The tainted Republican brand

In March of 1964, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. descended on the U.S. Capitol to hear Senate debates on a civil rights bill proposed by President John F. Kennedy the previous year.

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The necessity of black studies

Recent allegations by former North Carolina-Chapel Hill basketball player Rashad McCants have refueled perennial debates about university athletic department practices, exploitation of college athl

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Donald Sterling and the ‘nation of cowards’

In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder (or, as I like to call him, “The Obama you’ve been waiting for”) boldly proclaimed, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself a

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Pan-African Studies ends the Saturday Academy

Let me be as direct as possible and not bury the lead.

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The real Confederate flag flies high

As a native of the South, I have watched the region’s seemingly unending love affair with the battle flag of the Confederacy with great interest.

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John Cumbler and American history’s 238 shades of gray

Recently, I took a break from the sometimes hellish grind of life to have a few strong cherry stouts and some of the best jerk wings in the city at Cumberland Brews with one of my idols — Uni

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On Strong and Petrino

The recent exit of University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong and re-entry of prodigal son Bobby Petrino created understandable controversy. Reviews have certainly been mixed.