Selma…My Response

We have willingly given up our power… I purposely waited until Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to view the movie “Selma.” I thought it would be appropriate on that day, after hosting the inspirational Hope Breakfast (sponsored by the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) to honor Dr. King’s legacy and remember one of … Continued

Freedom can be icky

Au nom du Père et du Fils et du Saint-Esprit, ainsi soit il. That is how almost every meal of my childhood began. My mom, who studied French in college, led us in the sign of the cross in French before every meal. That was followed by “Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, … Continued

My Idiot Brother

When reading the many submissions for Literary LEO 2015, in poetry, short and flash fiction, I was motivated to join in the fun — because that is what it is all about.  Oh the places you will go… LEO It’s been six months since I took over LEO What a perfect fit for my life’s … Continued

Staffpicks

<music> WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21 Margo & The Pricetags The New Vintage 2126 S. Preston St., 749-4050 newvintagelouisville.com $8; 8 p.m. A great singer can make a room that’s not even built for acoustics seem like you’re sitting behind the board at a studio, wearing headphones. It’s one of the great conquests of a live performance: … Continued

Requiem for a King

Longtime Metro Council President Jim King didn’t just purport to love Louisville; he proved it by tirelessly toiling to improve our quality of life. Countless challenges kept him awake at night. While most of us slept, Jim puzzled over problems. He viewed politics as the art of the possible. Much to our benefit, he exhaustively … Continued

‘Selma’ and the human Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember my Morehouse brother Martin Luther King, Jr. (Class of 1948) this year we also have the opportunity to engage director Ava DuVernay’s cinematic take on one of the greatest protest sites of the American civil rights movement — Selma (probably only eclipsed by Birmingham) and the last great march of the movement. … Continued

On Parody vs. Satire: The Shadow of Charlie Hebdo

Here is what I know about Charlie Hebdo. I know that 17 people were killed because someone didn’t feel the satire of this publication was funny. They were offended by the disrespect to the prophet of their religion. Those of us who watched it on the news cannot measure the magnitude of such a tragedy. … Continued

Leaderless

Words and symbolism are powerful tools of great leaders. Speeches can define an event for the ages. Images and courage can compel action. Great leaders create and transform opinions and move people. Winston Churchill addressed his nation in June 1940 as Nazi Germany stood ready to invade England: “We shall go on to the end, … Continued

Kentucky’s kick in the ass

In case you missed it, a couple of years ago Kentucky (unofficially) adopted a new state motto: “Kentucky Kicks Ass.” This new adage is apparently intended to better capture what Kentucky is all about — more so than “Unbridled Spirit” — as well as “increase tourism, foster pride, attract new business and diminish stereotypes.” I … Continued

Misplaced Mission

I took a road trip to end 2014. I drove to Charlotte to cover my Louisville Cardinals at the Belk Bowl for KentuckySports.com. On New Year’s Eve, I ventured to Washington, DC to celebrate the 30th birthday of my beautiful cousin, LaShonda, then embarked on a nine hour drive back to the ‘Ville. I needed … Continued