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The Big Red Headache

0 Comments · Thursday, April 5, 2001
Opening Day is white people's equivalent of the Jazz Festival. Think about it. People take a day off work, they dress extravagantly -- or scarily, depending on your vantage point -- traffic is night  

A Dream Deferred

0 Comments · Thursday, March 29, 2001
"There is little hope for us until we become tough-minded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths and downright ignorance." -- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday will   

Don't Gimme No LIP

0 Comments · Thursday, March 22, 2001
The License Intervention Program (LIP) of the Hamilton County Municipal Court is for losers. Losers like me. You get remanded to LIP, because some court official, judge or cop has had mercy on your   

(Keeping) A Low Profile

0 Comments · Thursday, March 15, 2001
"I'm what has gone out blithely and with noise returning." -- From A Man of the Middle Class by Gwendolyn Brooks Above my head I hear plantation lullabies. And their lyrics are lies written on t  

Don't Make Me Over: Blacks and AIDS Part 2

0 Comments · Thursday, March 8, 2001
Ours are drastic times. Drastic words and actions are in order. Especially drastic actions. Writing a column about black folks and AIDS and taking black ministers/churches to task for sleeping on th  

Doing It to Death: Blacks and AIDS

0 Comments · Thursday, March 1, 2001
"Your revolution will not happen between these thighs." -- Sarah Jones The Black Church is a sleeping old slave. Can I get an amen? I didn't think so. No one wants to talk about the ineffectiven  

Hold Your Applause

0 Comments · Thursday, February 22, 2001
At the risk of eliminating myself from ever receiving one, Applause! Magazine's Imagemaker Awards are another example of bestowing kudos on the average. Black folks seem to find it necessary to do t  

Black Is/Black Ain't

0 Comments · Thursday, February 15, 2001
"You better think/Think about what you're trying to do to me/ Yeah, think/Let your mind go let yourself be free." -- Aretha Franklin It is past midnight, when few reasonable and healthy people a  

Pussy Control

0 Comments · Thursday, February 8, 2001
"Nigga you crazy if you don't know/ Every woman in the world ain't a freak." -- "Pussy Control" by Prince There is power in the Pussy. Guttural, but true. Women have used it since the advent of the   

Sorry, Miss Jackson

0 Comments · Thursday, January 25, 2001
YOUR NEGRO TOUR GUIDE Sorry, Miss Jackson Kt10z8.75k-20f"Century-Book":"Sex is not the one string on the guitar. There are nine other Commandments."-- The Rev. Jesse Jackson performing damage con  

On & On

0 Comments · Thursday, January 18, 2001
"The world done changed so much since I been conscious." -- Erykah Badu The world is ending all the time, perpetually and repeatedly. We shed skin, we lose hair, we grow nails as each second our   

The Closer I Get to You

0 Comments · Thursday, January 11, 2001
I never knew Chuck Wilson as a free man. I never saw him walk down the street, run from the rain, bundle against the cold, play in the floor with his children or stroke his wife's arm. When I was 4  


0 Comments · Thursday, January 4, 2001
"I'm pitiful/Feeling sorry for me." -- Aretha Franklin The best way to get a good wad of toilet paper going is to hold the roll aloft with your right index finger and then with your left hand yank  

The Clean-Up Woman

0 Comments · Thursday, December 14, 2000
There's an all-white Boys' Club in Hamilton. The very life breath and operation of the city subsists on the existence of this fraternity. They don't have an official meeting place, no Honeycomb Hid  

Boys in the Hoods

0 Comments · Thursday, December 7, 2000
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. -- 1 Corinthians, 1:18 The Klan and me go waaay back. So this time e