Category Archives: Columns

  • Between the Lines: 50 Years After the Signing of the Civil Rights Bill: Overcoming is Still the Challenge

    Apr 10, 14 by Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D. Leave a comment


    *In the first two weeks of April, within the first ten days of this month—in 2014, the nation was challenged to face up to itself and its racial legacy with three different events.. Every April, we have to live through the memory of 46 years of the brutal killing of America’s greatest modern day civil […]

  • The Pulse of Entertainment: The Floacist Releases ‘Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid’

    Apr 10, 14 by Eunice Moseley Leave a comment


    The Floacist,  Spoken-Word powerhouse, releases ‘Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid’ *“This is the most prepared I’ve ever been for a project,’ said The Floacist, seven-time Grammy Award nominated (Floetry) Spoken Word artist, singer and songwriter, about her newest solo album release on Shanachie titled “Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid.” “I was extremely prepared.” The Floacist, […]

  • The Film Strip: ‘Draft Day’s’ Kevin Costner Tackles Racism

    Apr 10, 14 by Marie Moore Leave a comment


    *Kevin Costner plays General Manager Sonny Weaver in “Draft Day” and he spoke of what makes a film memorable when interviewed for his upcoming blockbuster. Costner mentioned catch phrases and notable lines. Ironically, he has some of the best lines in movies. In “The Bodyguard” with Whitney Houston, there’s a smackdown in the kitchen where Costner […]

  • Steven Ivory: I Got a New Phone

    Apr 8, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *There’s a reason Russia is behaving like the Death Row Records of countries lately.  That same reason explains the recent spate of global earthquakes and why there might very well have been a cold front blowing through hell. I got a new cell phone. Yes.  I finally took my cellular carrier’s  bait and inched further […]

  • The Tatum Talks: Dear Broadway, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Has Shriveled Up

    Apr 8, 14 by tatumtalks 9 Comments


    *”A Raisin in the Sun” is an American classic, beautifully penned by playwright Lorraine Hansberry.  Originally staged in 1959, the story centers around the Younger family and their struggles to escape a dilapidated apartment on the south side of Chicago, while its main character struggles to rise above the dilapidation of his spirit in a […]

  • Living in the Land of Make Believe: You Are the World’s Most Wanted

    Apr 8, 14 by monica1810 Leave a comment


    I’m not much of a reality television watcher for so many reasons that  I’ll save for another article (if I can muster up enough energy to write it). However, I wanted to support my girl Melyssa Ford in her Blood, Sweat & Heels reality series. That makes watching this also tough, because my interactions with […]