14 05, 2024

2023 over, so now progressives must look to 2024

By |2024-05-11T22:05:54+00:00May 14th, 2024|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

The 2023 election, a vote filled with more regional issues, ended with big wins for progressives. Women kept the freedom to decide what to do with their bodies, and those who enjoy a tote on a joint can smoke away after Ohioans voted to make marijuana legal. I must now put those victories aside, because what awaits people who lean

12 05, 2024

Can Ohio U. find ways to help poor students of color?

By |2024-05-11T21:48:57+00:00May 12th, 2024|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

Ohio University has found itself where it didn’t want to be: trying to figure out how to use scholarship money that donors established for a certain class of recipient. A good chunk of those set-aside scholarships go to minorities — Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans. Some of those dollars go to first-generation college students of whatever race. Echoing the conservative

11 04, 2024

O.J. is dead, but his ‘Trial of the Century’ will live forever

By |2024-04-12T03:38:20+00:00April 11th, 2024|Commentary, News, Politics, Race, Gender and Class, Sports|

I won't dwell on what the man did during a Hall-of-Fame football career, because O.J. Simpson destroyed whatever that legacy was in my mind when he and his sidekick Al Cowlings drove a Ford Bronco at a turtle's pace down a California highway with a parade of police cars behind them. Do you remember the sight? I didn't know then

19 01, 2024

All Betts off when poet-activist has nothing worthwhile to say

By |2024-01-19T20:06:14+00:00January 19th, 2024|Commentary, Politics|

I was eager Thursday night to meet Reginald Dwayne Betts, a felon, a poet and a Yale Law School graduate. His bio did more than suggest Betts had a fascinating story to tell about prison to prosperity. I don’t hear such tales often enough. Unlike some of those I’ve heard, Betts wasn’t a victim of wrongful conviction. When he was

13 09, 2023

The sound of ‘Sin City’: Cha-Ching!

By |2024-01-19T19:25:23+00:00September 13th, 2023|Commentary, Politics|

I know how much most of us long to keep things the way they were, but I’ve come to realize that such a belief makes little sense. The world is in constant change, and if I didn’t know that for certain, I do now after spending five days in Las Vegas. For almost two decades, I have traveled to “Sin

8 09, 2023

Roe v. Wade: Down, but is it out forever?

By |2023-07-29T01:53:26+00:00September 8th, 2023|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

Conservatives have long insisted that less government is better. They often talk about wanting Uncle Sam out of our private lives. They want Americans free to live life on their terms.Unless that American is a woman.Oh yes, conservatives want to control a woman’s womb. They argue that abortion isn’t a freedom; it’s a murder.Well, their belief seems to have won

31 08, 2023

Tax on my Blackness: Cost of living in wrong neighborhood

By |2023-08-31T22:16:38+00:00August 31st, 2023|Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

I wish I didn’t have to pay a high price for living in an all-Black neighborhood. Walk through Glenville, and you will find not a single Starbuck or a Smoothie King. A sit-down restaurant like the Olive Garden or Applebee’s sounds like a winner, right? But not on the East Side of the city.I doubt I need to reiterate the

26 08, 2023

8 billion ain’t the right number

By |2023-07-29T01:28:35+00:00August 26th, 2023|Commentary, Politics|

I don’t know how we can call this good news, but it’s news, nonetheless. The population on earth hit eight-billion people last November — eight billion.In April, if didn’t happen earlier, China handed the baton to India as the most-populous country on the planet.Relatively speaking, the United States has grown at a turtle’s pace, so I guess that’s a bit

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