September 8, 2015

I’ve joined the popular (and sometimes funny) weekly radio show/podcast Dogma Debate w/David Smalley. It’s a show where we explore issues from religion, race, politics, etc., to current events. Not much is off limits. For the most part, the reception’s been positive. Mutually exploring ideas in the pursuit of growth is a win for me. Quite frankly, I am a “different”  voice from what many listeners are used to (read that as Person of Color). Some of my views take listeners aback…. Read more

August 25, 2015

— Straight Outta Compton topped over 100 million dollars this weekend. For a movie about a bunch of “underprivileged”, street-smart, gang affiliated hoods turned moguls, that ain’t bad. Part of me wants to commend these “would-be” criminal statistics for turning their stories of overcoming their environments into a celebrated triumph. If that’s all there was to their story, perhaps. But we know its not, so should we really be celebrating them? The omission of Dre’s documented violence towards women has rightfully drawn criticism… Read more

July 9, 2015

One of the most frustrating things as a Black Man, a person of color who happens to be an atheist and humanist, is to hear the colorblind argument — especially from many of my secular friends. I want to be colorblind too, but that’s not the world I live in. Ask the cop that pulls me over if he sees my color, or ask the person that follows me around in the store if my shade is the source of her… Read more

July 9, 2015

Baltimore terminates its relationship with Commissioner Batts. He’s gone. He got the call Wednesday morning. The mayor, the union, and much of the city lost confidence in his ability to lead, realizing that he’d failed to address the culture of  brutality endemic in the BPD while keeping the streets safe. The mayor held a press conference later in the day stating: “Too many continue to die on our streets, including three just last night and one lost earlier today,” Rawlings-Blake… Read more

July 9, 2015

The South Carolina House just approved taking the flag down. Its coming down, for real this time (probably… as long as the Gov. doesn’t change her mind… again) The South Carolina House has approved taking down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, a stunning reversal in a state that was the first to leave the Union in 1860 and raised the flag again at its Statehouse more than 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement. Can we… Read more

July 6, 2015

By a whopping vote of 37-3, the South Carolina State Senate approved the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House:  Monday’s vote comes less than a week after the 15th anniversary of South Carolina taking the flag off the Capitol dome where it flew since the early 1960s and moving it to beside a monument honoring Confederate soldiers. We now have the opportunity, the obligation to put the exclamation point on an extraordinary narrative of good and evil, of… Read more

July 2, 2015

My family usually celebrates Independence Day by going to local events. Fireworks at the park, by the lake, or the recreation center. Its a blast. It has a Sarah Palin-esque”real America” small towny feel to it (You betcha).  It is a very new tradition for me. The kids love it. Now, straight up, I didn’t always celebrate the fourth. That came with children. When I was a kid, I was acutely aware that the holiday was fundamentally about celebrating freedom for some, and… Read more

June 27, 2015

The flag WAS down in South Carolina for about an hour. Hope of it staying down was dashed pretty quickly. It’s back up. As previously noted: A black woman was about halfway up the more than 30-foot steel flagpole just after dawn Saturday when State Capitol police told her to come down. Instead, she continued up and removed the flag before returning to the ground.  The woman and another man who had entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag were arrested. Yes,… Read more

June 27, 2015

The flag is down South Carolina. A black woman was about halfway up the more than 30-foot steel flagpole just after dawn Saturday when State Capitol police told her to come down. Instead, she continued up and removed the flag before returning to the ground. The woman and another man who had entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag were arrested. Yes, she took it upon herself to do something about it, when the governor, initially said she would not, when… Read more

June 25, 2015

Does it take leaving the Police Department to become a “good” Cop? One of Baltimore’s Finest unleashes on Twitter. Former Baltimore PD Officer Michael Wood, goes all out on Twitter detailing some of the more troubling practices he observed while on the force: The name should be familiar for some readers. A few months ago I had the opportunity to talk to Officer Wood on air, where he detailed some of the most disturbing practices in Baltimore (as seen above)…. Read more


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