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Recalling Rodney King and expectations of justice

3 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Rodney King, long the butt of so many jokes with lead-ins about failed civil rights, police brutality, racism and profiling in the era of Arsenio Hall and NWA at the dawn of videotaping everything before the “broadcast yourself” edict of YouTube, the self-flagellating narcissism of reality TV and the faked friendliness of Facebook, was found dead Sunday at the bottom of the swimming pool he’d built himself inlaid with tiles with two dates.   

To Black Fathers & Their Daughters

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I write this to the slurred black icky thump of D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie” (I know I/was born to die/searching to find/peace of mind),  pausing occasionally in my writing cockpit to look up at the grainy, overdeveloped black and white Polaroid of my parents on the Hamilton porch of my girlhood home. There is no phantasmagorical narrative. Their body language tells a sweet story.    

Back to Black

6 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Your black-ass president is a fag hag. A fag hag is usually a woman who co-stars and co-signs in the lives of flamboyantly gay men. Fag hags are pesky cheerleaders buzzing about meaninglessly to little affect; they are quick to appear down with gay (and lesbian … dykes have fag hags, too) causes, but it’s all too much, too little, too late.  

No Alibi

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
If you seen it or heard it, maybe probably I did it Maybe or maybe not I admit what I committed Exhibit the truth because I'm living proof why I had no disguise, no verdicts, no alibis -- "N  

Cover Story: When Silence Becomes Singing

Antonio Adams draws language we can see

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Deion is outside on the first authentic day of spring. Over-the-Rhine is on fire: a tangle of cars -- dubs spinnin', systems bangin' and black girls starin' -- clog every major ghetto artery   

Editorial: Sorries From the Cincinnatians

(a la Sonnets From the Portuguese)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 22, 2006
How are we sorry? Let us count the ways. We are sorry to the depth and breadth and height cash can reach, once asphyxiation halted the young breathing of black Roger. We are sorry 6.5 million ti  

Cover Story: David Singleton and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center advocate justice for all

And Just Us for All...

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The mural in the children's playroom of Our Daily Bread on Race Street in Over-the-Rhine lies to the walk-in clients of the legal clinic hosted by the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC). "  

Books: Some Bluegrass Is Black

Frank X Walker embraces his Affrilachian name

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Poet Frank X Walker was forced to invent a word to name himself. During a 1991 gathering of Appalachian poets in Kentucky, Walker, in the audience, thought about where he and other poets of color   

Bullet and a Target

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
In the waning light of Black History Month, how better to put the reparative short month to sleep than a rumination over white men being themselves? I always know when white men are embarrassed by   

Locals Only: : Color Me Jazz

Steve Schmidt releases New York-flavored Red and Orange

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Steve Schmidt plays piano. Even in the absence of a piano. His muscular, almost ruddy, fingers are splayed, drumming, no -- tickling -- the tabletop of a bar-side booth at Kaldi's on Main Street.