Stevie Wonder (Photo credit: Bang Media)

In 1976, after finally winning his first Grammy for “Best Album,” folk songster Paul Simon gave one of the most astounding acceptance speeches of all time. After thanking his fans, his producers, fellow musicians and singers, musical engineers… and even his parents, he then said:

“But most of all I want to thank Stevie Wonder for not making an album this year.”

You see, Simon thanked Stevie because for the previous two years running, Stevie Wonder had won successive Album of the Year Grammies, and indeed, after skipping ‘76, he won again in 1977.

For Baby Boomers like yours truly…


Proposes Law to Finally End It and Pay Black People for Services Rendered

Jamaal Bowman, 44, is a candidate for New York’s 16th Congressional District in the June 23 primary. Photo Credit: the Bowman Campaign

We can’t let [the failed coup d’état] go because it directly connects with our legacy of racism and hate in this country that stems from the genocide of the indigenous Americans and the enslavement of African Americans. The legacy of that is institutional racism and white nationalism; and if we don’t deal with it directly and explicitly in every institution, it will continue to persist and grow and permeate; and it will lead to a Donald Trump in the future. ~ Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)

Newly elected Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was in the Capitol building on January 6. He…


The First One was the 400-Year-Long War and Not Quite Total Extermination of Native Americans

Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States. Taken on November 9, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump as he arrives at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York. (AFP)

Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please. They do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing, already given, and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. …


Stacey Abrams. Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stacey_Abrams

In a CNN interview today (June 17), voting rights super-star activist, racial justice warrior, former state legislator, and Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams declared that she “absolutely” endorses and supports Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) latest “new and improved” proposed compromise on at least one of the two voting rights bills now languishing in the US Senate.

What Senator Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography, and those provisions that he’s setting forth are strong ones that will create a level playing field, will create standards…


I had not thought of it that way before. But, you're right: "individualism" in the American (capitalistic) sense amounts to selfishness.

Thought provoking observation.


Black Girl Magic is Real

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Darnella Frazier was 17-years-old as she escorted her 9-year-old cousin down a nondescript Minneapolis street on their way to the corner “Mom & Pop” general store. They were after candy and whatever else piqued their interest on that soon to be fateful afternoon, Memorial Day, May 25, 2020.

As the cousins approached the store, they could not help but notice that a four-man squad (read: slave patrollers) of Minneapolis’ “Finest” had a tall black man laid out and prostrate on his stomach with his hands cuffed behind his back. They could not help but hear him, as he repeatedly pleaded…


Image: Hudson Community Television

Comes now the American Legion of Ohio. The Legion is reportedly investigating a Memorial Day incident wherein a keynote speaker’s microphone was silenced, but only for the section of his speech that described how newly freed black people created the now universally celebrated and commemorated national holiday.

Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Barnard Kemter, 77, had been called upon by the Legion to address the “meaning” of the holiday for Hudson, a northeastern Ohio town which has lost many of its sons and daughters in just about all of America’s ceaseless, worldwide wars, skirmishes, and “police actions.” …


A Brief Note From Political Science Class 101

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Now is the time…to guarantee the South against the possible domination or the anger of the white race. We adhere to our opinion that nothing, or not much, except hostility, can be expected of two-thirds of the adult white men. They will go to their graves unchanged. Not one of them should ever again be trusted with political rights. And all of the elemental power of civilization should be combined and brought into play to counterwork the anger and plots of such foes.

— Wendell Phillips, “Warnings.” National Anti-Slavery Standard, April 9, 1870. (Written as the assault against Reconstruction by…


Eye-opening and very well written. Makes you think: There must be hundreds of such "days," "weeks," and "years" in "Black History" worth commemorating that have been lost to time. You do know, of course, that the reason black people have "Watch Meeting" at church on New Year's Eve is because it was on New Year's Eve in 1862 that black folks everywhere gathered in churches to "watch" for the news that Lincoln had finally signed the Emancipation Proclamation (Executive Order No. 95) on January 1, 1863. I coveredthat celebration here: 1863 "Watch Meeting" and the Happiest New Year.

Again, very well done.

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