Category Archives: Columns

  • Steven Ivory: Before ‘Uptown Funk,’ There was The Time (Watch)

    Mar 5, 15 by blueolive 2 Comments


    *“Uptown Funk,” that Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars collaboration you hear everywhere,  is glossy, funk-from-concentrate that uses so many meat by-products from other funk songs—a rhythm guitar lick similar to Roger Troutman and Zapp’s “More Bounce to the Ounce” here;  a strategically inserted “Sayyy Whaaaaat?” synonymous with  a million funk and hip hop recordings, there—that I’d be […]

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph: Black History Month Continues … One More Week

    Mar 5, 15 by EurPublisher Leave a comment


    *So, it is now official as far as I’m concerned that Black History Month has been unofficially extended by one week. Not because we have a Black man to be thankful to for all the fires that have been put out by the use of fire extinguishers which was patented by Thomas J. Martin, a […]

  • BlackandBlueNews: Retired Police Officers Discuss Race, Reform & Accountability on Capitol Hill

    Mar 3, 15 by Cheryl Dorsey, Retired LAPD Sergeant 1 Comment


    *On the heels of FBI Director James Comey’s recent statement that “everyone’s a little bit racist”  retired and former police officers demand an end to institutionalized racism , injustice and a lack of accountability. During a recent trip to Capitol Hill, members of the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform and Accountability […]

  • The Journal of Steffanie Rivers: Open Letter About the Post Office

    Mar 3, 15 by riversteff 4 Comments


    I never have openly campaigned for the demise of an organization. But my experience as of late has me hoping the U.S. Postal Service goes the way of the Twinkie. Even though its viability has been in question for almost a decade, the post office’s strategy of reduced hours, layoffs and price hikes have kept […]

  • The Fly Life With Deya Direct: Feel the Fear!

    Mar 3, 15 by Deya Direct Leave a comment


    *Sometimes are there some things you absolutely do not feel like doing? Think about it, what or who got on your absolute last nerve recently? Maybe you were extremely tired and really wanted to stay home in your warm bed, tucked up under the covers. Just thinking about it makes you feel warm and cozy […]

  • The Film Strip: Black Films You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

    Feb 27, 15 by Marie Moore Leave a comment


    *As part of Black History Month, The African Diaspora International Film Festival has a series of films being shown at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York through  March 1. The ADIFF points out that the series has an international spin that puts the notion of Black History month in the perspective of a quest to […]