Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
African Americans are so elated with what you've accomplished, it's time for you to return the favor to us. So I have a few questions for you:
What will you do to improve inner city schools?
Do you have a plan to combat crime?
What about the alarmingly high HIV rates amongst our people. What's your plan to combat HIV?
Barack, It's time for you to close the deal with all people, but yes you do owe a debt to African Americans. We'll give you an IOU for right now, and, good luck with your speech tonight.
Say anything you want about Bill Clinton, but he's not a fool. Barack Obama will win the presidency on his own merits by convincing America, not just black people, that he has the capability of doing the job. Last night, Bill Clinton, like his wife Hillary, was just doing what he had to do for the sake of party unity. The bottom line is that 4 years of John McCain would probably drive all of us over a cliff, and Bill Clinton is well aware of that possibility.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Watching the CNN feed, I was more interested in the facial expressions of Michelle Obama, Sen. Joe Biden and Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton will be speaking tonight, and with his very lukewarm support of Bararack Obama, it should be interesting theatre.
It's a parents worst nightmare to have to bury a child. Heartfelt prayers go out to Dr. Dre and his family during their time of immense grieving.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Jenice Armstrong of the Philadelphia Daily News caught up with Tavis Smiley while he was in Philly last week. Tavis was in town promoting his upcoming traveling-museum exhibit about the African-American experience.
Tavis, who encountered a major backlash in the black community for openly criticizing Sen. Barack Obama for not attending his State of the Black Union Summit, calls Obama a friend, but still has concerns as illustrated by the following comments from the article:
"I understand the love that black people have [for Obama], I get that," he told me.
But Smiley then referred to some of Obama's well-publicized policy reversals: "I think the way you make the president a good president is when you make them accountable."
Tavis is on the money in his critique of Obama. Whether he's elected or not will not keep that home out of foreclosure on January 21st, and he's not the savior of all black people. Obama, and his wife Michelle, however, are role models of what we can become as a people.
He said: "Suppose for example you're a voter. And you've got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don't think that person can deliver on anything. Candidate Y disagrees with you on half the issues, but you believe that on the other half, the candidate will be able to deliver. For whom would you vote?"
Then, perhaps mindful of how his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken, Clinton added after a pause: "This has nothing to do with what's going on now."
I assume that in Bill Clinton's mind, Barack Obama is Candidate X. Clinton, who will be addressing the Democratic convention tomorrow evening, obviously doesn't think Obama can deliver on his promises, and he's not even hiding his displeasure about the prospects. Although I may not agree with him, I personally have no problem with Bill Clinton voicing his opinion. Despite his transgressions, he still one of the best Presidents we've ever had in this country.
Hillary Clinton will do he due diligence and promote party unity tonight. She has to for the sake of her legacy.
Michelle Obama, was the epitome of beauty, class and intelligence last night. She showed America that a black woman can rise from working class Chicago, and through hard work and determination secure degrees from 2 different Ivy League Colleges. Republican pundits can say all they want about Michelle Obama, but at this point it's purely hate, because they're not used to seeing someone of her caliber on the national stage.
Watching Mrs. Obama last night made me forget that her husband is running for the highest political office in the nation. To me it was her "Coming Out Party" as a national figure and a role model of what is possible for all African Americans. Thank you, Michelle Obama, for making us proud.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Michelle Obama's story is every bit as captivating as her husband's, and I will be watching intently as she displays her supreme confidence in being a "black woman' to the American Public. Being from Chicago and raised in a true working class household, Michelle has shown what can be accomplished through hard work and perseverance. Every black woman, rich or poor should be watching tonight. I have a feeling we're about to be captivated, and I can't wait for it.
Chicago political consultant and Hillary Clinton supporter, Delmarie Jones, is accusing Illinois Senate President, Emil Jones of calling her an "Uncle Tom" according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Jones, has denied using the slur, but 2 witnesses claimed to have witnessed the exchange, which is detailed below:
Cobb said the confrontation started when she and Jones, who is also African-American, were talking about an earlier conversation they had at the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. "One day, you'll be on the right side," Cobb said Jones told her. She told him she was on the right side. She said Jones pointed at his Obama hat and said, "No, this is the right side," she said.
"Then he came up behind me. He said 'Thirty-five thousand people went to Springfield [to support Obama on Saturday],'" she said. "I said, 'Then 35,000 people drank the Kool-Aid.,' He said, 'Barack is a clean-cut guy. He never liked gutter politics, that's why the Clintons did so-and-so. ...' I said, 'I don't want to get into this. So I went over to the elevator, and he said, 'Uncle Tom!' Then he grabbed me and hugged me and started laughing. I said, 'What did you say?' I turned to Freddrenna Lyle, and I said, 'What did he say?' She wouldn't say anything, That's when I said some bad things to him."
I wrote about about Emil Jones yesterday, and he is Barack Obama's mentor. He's retiring in the fall, and it would be sad to see his legacy tarnished by unnecessary taunts to a political rival.
An interesting read on a biracial male, who identifies himself as black navigating through two worlds.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I've been wanting to write about Kobe's petulance and selfishness for months, but Kobe's whole persona seemed to go through a major transformation during the 2 week Olympic period. Gone was the selfish Kobe who openly criticized teammates and team officials. In Beijing, Kobe basked in the adulation that he received, and was actually a very good teammate. If there was any doubt whether Kobe could overcome the Colorado debacle, and regain his standing as a role model throughout the world, the 2008 Olympics proved that Kobe can persevere and overcome many obstacles.
It would be very easy to view the the transformation of Kobe "Bean" Bryant in very casual terms considering that he's a multi millionaire with basketball talent that only a handful of people are blessed with in abundance. However, when I compare Kobe's Colorado situation with how Michael Vick's dogfighting fiasco turned out, Kobe's handled everything in a forthright way despite his forays into selfishness, and his reputation has recovered. I hope Vick will use Kobe's recovery as an example of career and life transformation.
Obama actually tapped Emil Jones to lead the beginning of his campaign to become U.S. Senator, and as we know the rest is history. Obama has had to distance himself from some of his Chicago relationships due to various controversies, but if Obama is successful in becoming the next president, he will owe an immense debt to Senate President Jones.