Larry Gross (1954-2015)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Longtime CityBeat staffer and columnist Larry Gross passed away on Monday, June 15 at the age of 61.

Blurred Lines

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Rachel Dolezal’s adopted black brother said: “It all started with the hair.” If she weren’t in the news for being black but really white, I would say that “starting with the hair” would most definitely make the recently resigned president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP a black woman.  

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2015
It can’t be ignorance; I introduced an Enquirer reporter to the recently reopened Clifton Natural Foods on Ludlow months ago and told him how it was a return to almost the same spot after decades in Clifton Heights exile. But according to a co-owner of Clifton Natural Foods last week, the Enquirer hasn’t written a thing about this business success story or a merchant returning to her old neighborhood.  

When #blacklivesdontmatter to Black People

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
As Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell prepared to hand in his city manager-ordered 90-day plan to curb this city’s outburst of violence, black folks from Avondale to Westwood, Walnut Hills to Bond Hill to Winton Hills and even murderous black parents under the jurisdiction of the local branch of Ohio Jobs and Family Services behaved as though their black lives — and no others — mattered worth a damn.  

Surprise, Surprise

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
It’s no surprise when reporters are surprised by a major breaking story on their beats.

Worst Week Ever! June 03-09

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
If there is one thing that American grocery stores can agree on, it’s that they would rather see most of their unsold yet edible food go into the dumpster than the digestive system of people who for one reason or another can’t afford to purchase it.   

The Pop In

0 Comments · Monday, June 1, 2015
Meg lives in my apartment building here in Covington, and she’s a nice, older lady who is always friendly to me, and I’m always friendly right back. Sometimes I think — actually I kind of know — she would like more from me, but thankfully I don’t see her all that often.

Stop Making Sense

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Modern civil rights acts of civil disobedience have run off the rails and become something beyond counterintuitive; it’s become far-reaching, obtuse and even ironic.  

Considering Bias

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Bias — choosing sides in how something is reported — can be overt or subtle. More often, the appearance of bias is the issue. To most people, it’s a distinction without a difference.   

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Not yet open, Clifton Market has made its first sale: the news media.  

Auction Bloc

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
When Thom Shaw was alive, sometimes I would do a drive-by to see if his little black truck with the ARTWERK license plate was in the parking lot in Essex Studios. If it was and I had some time — because Thom Shaw could talk me under the table — I’d pull in and make my way back to his space.  

Worst Week Ever! May 20-26

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Politics are a stupid sham because the people you get to choose from live lives nothing like yours, care little about how yours is going and spend all their time on the clock pandering and entertaining the rich so they can afford to run in future elections.  

White Like Me

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
There is an entire generation of black women who owe our very nerdiness to David Letterman — the man and the show.  

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Cincinnati thugs threaten and sometimes kill people they fear will testify against them or their buddies. Police and prosecutors often complain about the lack of cooperating witnesses. It’s no secret. The Enquirer reports it.   

Victim Language

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
What amounted to the package of reporting on the shooting death of Gregory Douglas is woefully lacking in holistic reporting.