Quick Take: Deja Vu for the First Time

My days are relatively uneventful.  And I like them that way.  I eat, sleep, exercise.  Take the same route to the subway to get to work.  Summer school — I am teaching, not taking classes — is fine.  Students are bright and engaged.   The workload infinitely lighter.    Wednesday evening, I stayed late at work — emailing students about missing assignments, … More Quick Take: Deja Vu for the First Time

Quick Take: “Hot Ghetto Mess” is Really Warmed Over Nonsense

The controversy over the new Black Entertainment Television (BET) show, Hot Ghetto Mess (Premiere: Wed. July 25, 10:30 pm. EST), based on the popular website of the same name, began almost immediately after the network announced its mid-summer schedule.  Hot Ghetto Mess was purported to feature videos of blacks doing outrageous things with the intention of shaming the viewing audience into changing its ways or avoiding the behavior all together. … More Quick Take: “Hot Ghetto Mess” is Really Warmed Over Nonsense

Quick Take: The Harlem Book Fair – A Great Day in Harlem? (UPDATE)

After taking a year off, I decided to go the 9th Annual Harlem Book Fair on Saturday, July 21.  The last time I attended the event, I was a bookseller unsuccessfully (according to my standards) hawking my memoir, Bearing Witness: Not So Crazy in Alabama.  Slow sales aside, I was disappointed at what the event had become — a showcase … More Quick Take: The Harlem Book Fair – A Great Day in Harlem? (UPDATE)

Quick Take: “Sicko” Debate Needs to Take a Chill Pill

It seemed like a good idea at the time.  A friend suggested that we see filmmaker Michael Moore’s  most recent effort, Sicko, his take on what’s wrong with the American healthcare system. Now, I am not so sure if still want to spend more hours of my life listening to Moore’s seemingly endless diatribe. Early last week, I saw Moore’s unprovoked beat-down … More Quick Take: “Sicko” Debate Needs to Take a Chill Pill

Quick Take: Who Gets My G.O.A.T.?

With a 124 mph  serve, it was all over but the shouting. Last Saturday, Venus Williams won her fourth Wimbledon title defeating Marion Bartoli of France.  The once injury-sidelined Williams was the lowest ranked woman to ever win the tournament.  And sistah was playing with a strained adductor muscle.  Venus’ source of strength and inspiration was her sister Serena who, … More Quick Take: Who Gets My G.O.A.T.?