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New Yorkers Must Pry Our State Out of the Reach of Seditionist Lee Zeldin

New Yorkers, you’re kidding me now! Liar and seditionist Lee Zeldin is within striking distance of our state’s highest office? How did this happen? Democrats are two to one Republican in New York. So, is it apathy, the idea thatRead the Rest »

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Jamaica Farewell: A Jamerican Reflects on the Outsourcing of the Island

On my recent trip to Jamaica from New York, I was surprised by how much—or perhaps how much more—of the island has been sold to foreign interests since my last visit several years ago. Outsourcing is a global issue, butRead the Rest »

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Scattered Reflections on Queen Elizabeth II, Monarchies and Colonial Legacies

. At a 1982 screening of the movie Gandhi, the contradictions faced by people of color raised under colonial rule were all too evident. During a scene where Indians stage a lie-in to protest the British, and soldiers from the CrownRead the Rest »

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Liz Cheney is No Heroine of Mine

Liz Cheney is no heroine of mine.  She, like many loud and proud non-POC Republican politicians, live their lives in the in-between, where political stances, Christianity and integrity can be parsed.  Cheney allowed herself to be primaried by calling outRead the Rest »

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Interviewing While Black

On the day the Challenger blew up in 1986 I was drafted from my position as editorial assistant at McCall’s magazine to fill in for the executive editor’s secretary. I was told that the boss’s secretary was out sick, andRead the Rest »

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Why I Despise Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

I have a dream that I will never hear that damned “I Have a Dream” speech ever again.  I hate the namby-pamby sentiments in the “content of the character” line that is misappropriated every year on Dr. King’s birthday byRead the Rest »

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Reflections on America’s First Attempted Coup

I was aroused from a rare deep sleep this morning to the nightmare that I was lying on railroad tracks and couldn’t get up. A kind man tried to help me as the train barrelled toward me and my wholeRead the Rest »

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Colin in Black and White is Must-See TV

Colin Kaepernick had died a death from a thousand microaggressions long before he took the knee in 2016. Destined to become a legendary quarterback, Kaepernick’s career stalled once he protested police brutality and injustice while playing for the San FranciscoRead the Rest »

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The Political Weaponization of Toni Morrison’s Beloved

In 1968 the Jamaican government banned books with “radical” content, including the Autobiography of Malcom X. Not long after my elder cousin Vivia Heron, an avid reader since early childhood and then a college student on the island, immigrated toRead the Rest »

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The Holiday We Need is Not Juneteenth but Rather Election Day—Or So I Thought

Forget about making Juneteenth a holiday. If Congress wants to do something for people who look like me—Black people—make Election Day a holiday. That was the story I woke up wanting to write on Saturday. I have become more andRead the Rest »

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