Tag: Black Lives Matter

Hooray Black Colleges Receive Boost in Omnibus Spending Bill

By Michael March 23, 2018 0

Good news for the nations Historically Black Colleges and Universities. When President Trump signed the Omnibus Spending Bill today little did he know, he approved a 14 percent increase in federal funding for HBCUs.

Many of the Black schools were founded in the first 50 years following the Civil War. There are 100 HBCUs still in existence. Many of them are in dire need of financial assistance to keep afloat. Last month Concordia College in Selma, Alabama announced they will close their doors following this academic school year, just four years short of a century providing education to Black Americans. read more

Tuscaloosa More than a Powerhouse Football Team

By Michael February 25, 2018 0

Have you ever thought about Tuscaloosa, Alabama without your thoughts going immediately to the powerhouse football team whose motto is “Roll Tide Roll?”

If you have, you would be one of the rare people on the planet who does not associate Tuscaloosa with the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama. For most people Tuscaloosa is visions of Bama on any given Saturday in the fall and usually extending into the first week of January, where they dominate the college football playoffs. read more

Winds Of Change Blowing Across America

By Michael November 15, 2016 2

Things are changing. The winds of change are stirring, invisibly moving across America. Change is in the air. This change is lead by a new cadre of foot soldiers, who were not born when the revolution of the 1960s was fought out in the ghettos and streets of America.

These revolutionaries are not seeking out the guidance of their elders, nor are they willing to wait for the elders to turn over leadership to them, as young people did over a half-century ago. This tends to drive a sharp divide between Boomers and the millennial generation. read more

Kaepernick’s Fearless Duane Thomas Stance

By Michael August 30, 2016 4

Colin Kaepernick,28 years of age and entering his third year in the National Football League, has the league standing on its ear. Practically every player, including some of his fellow San Francisco 49ers, is speaking out against his intentional failure to stand during the playing of the National Anthem. Kaepernick has vowed to sit during the playing of the National Anthem at the beginning of each of his team’s football games. read more

Black Power Then Black Lives Matter Now!

By Michael July 14, 2016 0

In 1966, “Black Power” was the battle cry of young Blacks in America who were fed up with second class status in relation to other Americans, especially, white Americans. The phrase Black Power was as misunderstood as “Black Lives Matter,” its counterpart in 21st century America, is misunderstood today. read more

Micah Johnson Manchurian Candidate?

By Michael July 9, 2016 0

Was Micah Johnson a” Manchurian Candidate?” This is not a rhetorical question, or a trick question. It is a question that I pose which I do not have an answer. Was Micah Johnson brainwashed not by enemy forces as was the case in the Manchurian Candidate, (1962 movie starring Frank Sinatra, where a group of U. S. soldiers were captured by the Koreans, brainwashed, then returned to the United States as plants to take control of the government by Martial Law. An updated version of this movie stars Black actor Denzel Washington), but brainwashed by his own government? And if brainwashed by his own government, then for what purpose? read more

Shame on Bill and Ray

By Michael April 8, 2016 2

Shame, shame, shame on Bill and Ray is about all I can say about their pathetic attempts to blame Black people who bemoan inequality in the American Justice system.

Ironically, on the same day that former National Football League player, Ray Lewis, posted a diatribe on his Facebook page chastising Black Lives Matter for protesting the alarming death rate of Black people at the hands of police officers, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Philadelphia confronted former President Bill Clinton over his 1994 Crime Bill, while he was on the presidential campaign trail for his wife Hillary Clinton. read more

Justice in The Round Town Hall

By Michael April 1, 2016 0

Last year I hosted a two part series on race and justice in America. These town hall gatherings were held in Atlanta, Georgia on Sweet Auburn Avenue in the old Fourth Ward. Our venue was Sweet Auburn Seafood Lounge and Restaurant.

We tackled this big topic over a good meal and had a great exchange of ideas. I was inspired to call for this town hall discussion because of the tenor of presidential campaign rhetoric over the issue of race. I believe these discussions compliment my latest book of essays, Justice in the Round: Essays on the American Judicial System. read more

Clintons Tricks Blacks Again?

By Michael March 22, 2016 2

The Clintons are a formidable tag team on the presidential election circuit. Between Hillary, the candidate, Chelsea, the daughter and Bill, the husband, the Clintons have moved throughout the country urging Democrats to  give the country back to the Clintons to run for  essentially another eight years. read more

Cop Arrested in Kappa Killing

By Michael March 3, 2016 2

A cop, Aaron C. Smith with the Montgomery Police Department has been arrested for the murder of Greg Gunn, who was shot five times last week. Three of the shots fired from the gun of this Montgomery officer were fired into the back of Gunn while Gunn was laying on the ground.

The arrest was announced by Montgomery County, Alabama District Attorney, Daryl Bailey. Bailey said that the cop was taken into custody by the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Smith was placed on a $150,000 Bond. Members of the Montgomery Police Department offered monetary assistance to Smith in raising the bond amount. He bonded out within hours of his arrest and appeared at a news conference with his attorney and wife. The attorney for the cop said that the facts will show why his client fired his gun and “why Gunn is dead.” read more