Tag Archives: steven ivory

  • Steven Ivory: When TV Went Off

    Aug 26, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *During his 1978 soul classic, “’Cause I Love You,” singer Lenny Williams, narrating one of the most dramatic R&B monologues known to man, wearily says that to take his mind off the woman with whom he is desperately in love, he busied himself at home with all sorts of activities, including watching television “until TV […]

  • Steven Ivory: Get Stopped and Anything Can Happen

    Aug 20, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *One evening last month,  Oklahoma City,   Fourth of July weekend.  I left my family’s home and was driving back to my hotel downtown when in the distance I noticed  on the other side of the street and headed in the opposite direction, a police cruiser. Like most black men born and raised in America, […]

  • Steven Ivory: O.J. Simpson, 20 Years Later

    Jun 17, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *White people were mad as hell. I’ve never seen or felt anger around Los Angeles like I did on October 3, 1995. It was unfiltered, devoid of any of the time-honored White Guilt that  blacks in America have long manipulated and relied upon. That day, after the verdict was read, sitting at traffic lights, I’d […]

  • Steven Ivory: Why We Text and Drive

    Jun 10, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *While sitting at the light on a backed-up Los Angeles freeway exit ramp one morning, I noticed that one out of every three drivers getting onto the freeway on the other side of the divider—both private vehicles and professional cars and trucks with company names and logos on them–had their heads tilted into their laps, […]

  • Steven Ivory: Donald Sterling, the Gift that Keeps on Giving

    May 15, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *I love me some Donald Sterling. There is nothing more emboldened than a racist  white man old enough to remember when black people were slaves and rich enough to not give a damn what anyone thinks about what he says. With Sterling, you get to hear firsthand  and largely  unfiltered what many white people truly […]

  • Steven Ivory: Remember the Record Store?

    Apr 15, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *The first record I ever bought was the 1967 45-inch single, “The Rain, The Park and Other Things” (often referred to as “The Flower Girl Song”),  by the family group, the Cowsills.  I was 12. I loved harmony groups—I have the Beatles to thank for that—and the Cowsills,  inspiration for the fictional TV pop group […]