When you’re strange

Famed American showman and the first show-business millionaire, P.T. Barnum, once said, “Without promotion, something terrible happens ... nothing!” Please indulge me, dear readers, as I engage in a little shameless self-promotion. For the last two years, I have co-hosted... Read More ›

Raise the wage

Earlier this month, I testified before Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee as they consider legislation mandating a citywide raise of the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Similar statewide legislation recently passed in the Kentucky House, where Democrats... Read More ›

Lost youth, found solutions

April Corbin documented in her April 2 LEO Weekly news story that Louisville’s urban youth “feel lost and without role models, opportunities and hope for the future.” I offer these musings: There is no abundance of young black men and... Read More ›

Strong Kentucky women

My mother and I attended a recent program in the Mayor’s Gallery at Metro Hall entitled “Kentucky Women Pushing for Civil Rights.” University of Louisville’s African-American Theatre Program did a wonderful job of presenting the stories of famous and lesser-known... Read More ›

Beyond marriage

The movement for marriage equality has had quite a few successes in the last few years, gaining an undeniable momentum here in the South after recent legal victories in Kentucky and Virginia declared gay marriage bans in those respective states... Read More ›

Who will revere the trans woman?

Gabourey Sidibe, the actress from the movie “Precious” and TV’s “American Horror Story,” created quite a stir during an appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show” when she used what many perceive to be a transphobic slur. On the show, Sidibe... Read More ›

Ending the silence

On the heels of celebrations recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the anniversary of the March on Washington where King delivered his most famous speech, it seems as if the issue of race is as much an issue... Read More ›

The mayor’s minimum

While attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Dallas, Mayor Greg Fischer recently told an NPR reporter that raising the minimum wage in Louisville “has not been a big topic of conversation in our city.” To make such a statement... Read More ›