Thursday, February 25, 2021

Commentary

I am known to be an optimist, some might even say naively so. I prefer the word pairing of “idealistic pragmatist” or “pragmatic idealist,” whichever floats your boat. As a turbulent Trump presidency has metastasized into an insurrectionist assault on...
The Jan. 6 assault on the nation’s Capitol was a colossal failure of leadership and responsibility on numerous fronts, and has left our country as divided as ever. It was an event for the ages. Literally, at the behest of America’s...
by Sophia A. Nelson --  Life is 100 percent about the choices that we make. And most of the time, we as Black people make choices out of necessity, out of obligation, and regrettably sometimes out of desperation. If we want...
It made perfect sense to me. With COVID-19, African Americans have had higher infection rates, hospitalization rates and death rates. In fact, according to a recent report from the Shelby County Health Department, 59 percent of coronavirus deaths in...
by Curtis Weathers -- First, let me congratulate and welcome our nation’s new designated Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona. We celebrate the Biden administration’s choice, which needs approval by the U.S. Senate, for this very important position and I’m sure...
by Linda S. Wallace -- Dear Cultural Coach: “I am one of four biracial children in my family. My grandfather and I were doing an essay on the state of Black youths in America. I brought the question to my grandfather,...
by Curtis Weathers -- Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs will begin her new tenure as president of LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) Jan. 5. She will be the college’s 13th president and brings more than 25 years of higher education experience to the job...
It is just another walk on just another day until my dog, Gabby, and I pass a high, wooden backyard fence, where three snarling dogs grow tired of captivity and push open the gate. The escapees head straight for Gabby,...
by Curtis Weathers -- Shelby County Schools Supt. Joris Ray has modified district plans for re-opening schools and returning to in-person learning in the second half of the school year. His reasons for doing so centers on the growing surge of...
by Linda S. Wallace -- Years ago, an anxious European-American woman shared a troubling story about her son, who lived to watch and play basketball. One day he said to her matter-of-factly, “Mom, I can’t be a basketball player...