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Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Thursday, September 4, 2014
The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown moved news media to recall similar lethal encounters between cops and unarmed black youths and men.   

Not Keeping Up with the Kardashians

0 Comments · Thursday, September 4, 2014
Keeping up with the Kardashians isn’t about reality. It’s pure plastic, pure phony baloney. It’s rich people who have done nothing to deserve that wealth and status and who think they have real problems and issues to deal with. They don’t.   

Judge Not

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
On Sept. 8, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Marie Hunter will finally walk from the court of public opinion into the Hamilton County Common Pleas courtroom of Judge Norbert A. Nadel to defend herself, her reputation, her seat on the bench and, she’d tell us, her life’s work against nine felony charges.
  

Worst Week Ever!: Aug. 27-Sept. 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Kroger chairman and former CEO David Dillon recently opened up while at the Aspen Ideas Festival panel, keeping it realer than most would by stating that his $12.8 million pay package in 2013 was “ludicrous.”
  

Worst Week Ever!: Aug. 20-26

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The Internet is a wonderful place, full of important information and videos of people tripping over things in stores. It’s also a useful tool for starting viral trends, most of which don’t help anyone (selfies) but some that do (video of cops acting like dicks).  

A Tale of Two Cities (Part II)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
As the days turn a way from Michael Brown’s funeral, thus finally laying to rest his thrice-autopsied young body, Ferguson, Missouri, is now — more than ever — ripe and ready for the change that can carry this predominantly black and woefully underemployed community forever forward.  

A Tale of Two Cities

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
You wouldn’t know it now to look at the so-fresh-and-so-clean-clean landscape where Timothy Thomas died and potentially thousands rioted, faced down cops in riot gear and incurred bean bag spray, rubber bullets, mace and mayhem, but we were once a bigger, more metropolitan version of Ferguson, Missouri, and our nighttime streets ran thick with anger, too.  

Worst Week Ever!: Aug. 13-19

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Local leaders seeking to renovate Music Hall and Union Terminal are running into predictable problems, principally that Republican Hamilton County commissioners believe in vetting massive historical renovation projects in their basements rather than relying on the expertise of area CEOs who kick it with Obama.   

An Icon Under the Bus

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The recent Hamilton County Commissioners’ quarter-cent sales tax dust-up that booted Music Hall from the original package deal is a perfect storm of class, political finger-pointing and entitlement.  

A Brief Yet Triumphant Introduction

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Fifty years ago, the first edition of the daily Zambia Times rolled off our presses in Central Africa and I was in charge of the news operation. It’s as close as I’ll come to giving birth.
  

The Finish Line

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Dear President Barack Obama: I was beginning to think you’d forgotten all about me. Then I recalled how very busy you are and have been.  

Remembering "The Struggle"

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Work defined my life in Central Africa. Six or seven days a week in 1964, I was at my desk by mid-morning as news editor in charge of a new black nationalist daily, the Zambia Times.
  

Kindness in Covington

0 Comments · Friday, August 1, 2014
I decided to brave that slope with my quad cane and my old, rickety folding utility cart. I told myself I could handle this just fine. I was telling myself a lie.   

Elevators

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Violent black mega-stars and violent black athletes and the women who try to love them should avoid elevators like most black people avoid therapy.  

George Clooney vs. the Tabloids

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Here’s a twist on the old “Don’t pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the gallon.” That was when print ruled.
Now, it’s don’t pick an online fight with an immensely popular actor and a respected lawyer who come from journalism families: George Clooney and fiance Amal Alamuddin.