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Cincinnati: Negroes 'R Us

0 Comments · Thursday, March 21, 2002
In their feeble attempts to paint Cincinnati in diverse brush strokes, Mayor Charlie Luken and Vice Mayor Alicia Reece -- heretofore known as the "black back-up" -- have mounted a media-fueled jugge  

Dreamland: 180 Days Later

0 Comments · Thursday, March 14, 2002
"Let's make a pact for our lives/ in our homeland/ built on the bricks that we've made/ in my dreamland." -- "Dreamland," Madeleine Peyroux Changed much? Our president is popular because he land  

The Cosby Show

0 Comments · Thursday, March 7, 2002
Cosby, Smokey, Prince and Marsalis. It sounds like a low-rent, late-night Channel 64 law firm, but we know them as the growing contingent of black men who've disallowed us the pleasure of their comp  

Dead Ringer

0 Comments · Thursday, February 28, 2002
On the eve of Tony Ringer's trial for two counts of aggravated murder, visions of O.J. Simpson are dancing through my head. It's laughable, spooky and democratic that Simpson is free not only to wal  

A Dream Referred

0 Comments · Thursday, February 21, 2002
We're the reflection of our ancestors. We'd like to thank you for the building blocks you left us. As your spirit possessed us, yo, you blessed us. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. T  

Black on Both Sides

0 Comments · Thursday, February 14, 2002
Just in time for Black History Month, here are some Negroes we can be proud of. Comedian Bill Cosby is every white person's favorite and safe comedian -- the middle-aged Will Smith without all the   

Chocolate Genius

0 Comments · Thursday, February 7, 2002
Painter Ken Leslie wields paintbrushes like Miles Davis brandished his trumpet. Davis, himself a fledgling painter, blew flaming notes from the bell of his horn -- notes that appear to listeners as  

Minute Rice

0 Comments · Thursday, January 31, 2002
National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice has been all but ignored by black-owned media. Why's that? It's the R word: "Republican." Between us Negroes, the phrase "black Republican" is more than a  

King for a Day

0 Comments · Thursday, January 24, 2002
That you are reading this column days after the reflection upon, celebration of and guilt tripping over Martin Luther King Day is precisely the point. Just because a day's been set aside doesn't me  

Street Fight (Street Life II)

0 Comments · Thursday, January 17, 2002
Mayor. Charlie Luken, meet Riccardo Taylor. Taylor is a writer, Streetvibes vendor and activist. He wants you and every other frightened, uninformed and privileged Cincinnatian to know that, in the   

Window Dressing

0 Comments · Thursday, January 10, 2002
Used to be pimps and playas -- high-test, low-rent or wannabe -- could get their gear on at only a few spots around here. Remember long-departed Ben's in the West End? Darrell, my older half-brothe  

Harlem on My Mind

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2002
Get ready for the NBA: the New Black Aesthetic. Our grandparents, Zora Neale Hurston and James Baldwin, bequeathed it to us. They got it from folks like Romare Bearden, Gordon Parks, Josephine Bake  

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

0 Comments · Thursday, December 27, 2001
Let's look forward. In 2002, Mayor Charlie Luken must either lead or lead the way to someone who will. Alicia Reece, can you feel me? People write, call and stop me to ask, "What is it with yo  

Merry Christmas to Me

0 Comments · Thursday, December 20, 2001
Dear Santa, Can you please come straight to the ghetto? And on your way, could you please, pretty please, straighten out Soul Brother No. 1 James Brown and tell him never again to accept another in  

Street Life

0 Comments · Thursday, December 13, 2001
Panhandlers are a nuisance. Panhandlers are necessary. It's that time again when people are debating the very presence of panhandlers. In doing so, the lifeline of downtown's economic pulse always