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Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Prompts a Question: What’s a Life Worth?

A friend posted this bit of data on his Facebook page this morning: “382 died of heroin overdoses—more than one a day on average—in New York City in 2013; and we heard almost nothing...
Debate heats up over NSA surveillance

As NSA Collects Our Data, What Role Are Tech Companies Playing?

Angry Birds? Really? News reports reveal that the National Security Agency (NSA) and British intelligence officials collected data from  “leaky apps” that provided tons of identification and geo-tracking information about smartphone users. It’s not just games,...

After Massive Security Breach, Target Tries to Weather the Storm

It remains to be seen whether 10 percent discounts and free credit repair services will appease enough Target customers who were affected by the credit security breach. Early signs suggest that big problems loom ahead...

What’s in a Word? When it Comes to ‘Obamacare,’ a Lot of Negativity

While there is a healthy debate in the media over the use of the NFL team name Redskins and a number of media outlets have stopped using it, contending the term is derogatory and...

In Remarks at Mandela’s Memorial, President Obama Had An Eye on Congress

I wondered this morning, as President Obama delivered remarks at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, how much of his speech was an attempt to offer Congress an olive branch. Obama spoke of unity, of reconciliation, of Mandela’s...
Barack Obama

The Anti-Obama Hate Just Keeps On Coming

I often read the blogs and websites of those with political views that differ from mine, just to see what they are thinking. On some occasions, I find there may be a topic with...

Need a Gift for the College Student in Your Life? Think Textbook

If there is a college student in your family, forget the electronics: Money for textbooks will be better appreciated. According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Millenials may be the digital generation...

Famed Photographer Duane Cramer Inspires Black Community on HIV Awareness

When acclaimed photographer Duane Cramer’s father died in 1986, the stigma of AIDS in the Black community was so great that his family told people the prominent Howard University educator died of something else. “My...

We Must Combat the Aimlessness of Youth Revealed by the ‘Knockout Game’

There have been a number of recent reports about deaths and serious injuries stemming from something commonly referred to as Knockout or the Knockout Game. This “game” consists of one in a group of...

Communication Skills Are Now Rare and Precious, Even in Business World

When my son was in the seventh grade, he once brought home an essay that was graded A, but had a number of misspellings and grammatical errors. I was appalled. How on earth, I wondered,...

Don’t Be Fooled: Gov. Christie Isn’t as Moderate as the Public May Think

Political observers see this week’s elections as a sign that the country is leaning in a more moderate direction with the victory of a Clinton Democrat over a tea party-conservative for governor in Virginia;...

When It Comes to Building College Programs, Money Talks. Loudly.

I was in New York on Monday visiting journalism schools to determine if there were some best practices I could take back to Morgan State University, where I currently work. As a small, public university...

Thoughts on Mortality: Document Early, Often, and With Gratitude

Earlier this year, I lost a good friend to pancreatic cancer. Although we all saw it coming, her family and close friends still took it hard when she made her transition. Another friend died over...

After Bitter Defeat, Will the GOP’s Next Move Be Impeachment?

One thing you can say about the most diehard Republicans, they are not gracious losers. Within hours after Republicans ended their budget fight with President Obama and allowed a measure ending the federal government shutdown...

With Shutting Down Obama as Goal, This Crisis Will Surely be Followed by Another

Several of my neighbors have had a lot more time for gardening, tending to household chores and family time since the government shutdown. They haven’t been working. A few went right out and started looking...
congress in session

Are Poll Numbers The Key to Washington Gridlock?

Adjustments to the budget are being made in drips and drabs, as the federal government shutdown has created more awkward moments for elected leaders. On Wednesday, the Pentagon and Congress worked to restore death benefit payments...

With Democracy at Stake in Shutdown, GOP Looks to Score Points

If you think House Republicans are sincere about their reasons for rejecting Obamacare, as the Affordable Health Care Act is known, you have another thing coming. The gamesmanship couldn’t be any clearer, after a hot...

For Members of Military, Government Shutdown Imposes Its Own Hardships

Now that the government shutdown process has begun, people are scrambling to figure out how it impacts them. Congress has yet to approve funding bills to keep the government functioning, with the exception of a...

For African-Americans, Flu Vaccine Could Be a Lifesaver

Taking my son to the pediatrician for shots was the bane of my existence during his early years. Already a bit of a ham, my son turned it into high dudgeon whenever he saw a...

New Alzheimer’s Trials Could Lead to Breakthrough for African-Americans, Others

The testing of new drugs designed to prevent Alzheimer's disease will be part of a $45 million effort aimed at finding effective interventions for the degenerative brain disease, the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...

Navy Yard Shooting Brings Out Social Media Hate

There is nothing funny about mass shootings. Other than the lives and memories of those lost, there is nothing to celebrate. But the haters think they have found both in Monday’s shootings at the Washington...

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