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
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
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)
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
When I saw a picture of her, I could barely recognize the face. I looked closely and then read the caption. No, my eyes were not deceiving me. Yes, it was her — the noted journalist, Farai Chideya. She was no longer the slender, confident young woman with smooth brown skin an engaging smile who I first saw on C-Span 2 … More Getting Personal: A Weighty Matter
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.?
People, I am asking for your prayers. I need Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Apostles and all of the saints to intervene on my behalf. Light a candle. Douse me with holy water. The laying on of hands will be greatly appreciated, for ladies and gentlemen, I have gone over to what I believe to be the dark side…. … More Quick Take: Is Ann Coulter MissUnderstood?