May 12, 2005
RE MICHAEL Smerconish's "Think Rodney King, but Upside-Down": He writes: "We'll be spared an insufferable visit to town by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the rest of those who make a living doing nothing but stoking the fires of racial unrest. " I remember he wrote a column seemingly scolding the "black community" for the positive attention afforded Omarosa, the infamous reality-show contestant, by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and the NAACP, while puzzled that these two groups hadn't offered the same to Condoleezza Rice, a woman significantly more accomplished.
June 17, 1999 |
There seems to be a major loss in the black community. We feel it. We acknowledge it, see it - feel and recognize that we are not the same. We have succumbed to the marketing schemes of the manufacturers who cater to us and to the political wagon whose wheels we have changed, but it is the same buggy that carried us here.Take, for example, an incident that happened the other night in Germantown. It is unfortunate that one would have to call this unusual, but it is anymore. At the senior citizens building, someone was actually blasting gospel music.
July 30, 2008
AMERICA IS a great country. What black people need to do is to get together - black churches and all other black groups - and do what we can to get our people to destroy their guns and their drugs. In their place, go to church. Turn to God up in heaven and also become a more educated people. Let's go to college and become well-educated people, and let's wear clean, decent-looking clothes. Let's have shaves and look decent at all times. Get off these corners. If mankind lived the way God intended, all the money we spend on wars is money that could be spent rebuilding the black ghettos.
January 2, 1987 |
I am deeply concerned about the attempts of your paper to cast the United Black Business Association as anti-Asian. The picture you painted in a Dec. 15 article and a Dec. 16 editorial was grossly inaccurate and irresponsible. And Signe Wilkinson'sw editorial cartoon is proof that your paper either misunderstands the economic revolution in the black community or has embarked on a racist campaign to subvert that long-overdue revolution. Michael Sokolove's article states that "interviews with community leaders, merchants and others in the black community make clear the Asian business presence is breeding quiet resentment and sometimes outright hostility.
December 22, 2008
WHEN I FIRST heard that the Nutter administration would be cutting certain public libraries, I automatically knew the ones in the African-American communities would be targeted first (exception of the Fishtown branch). Mayor Nutter clearly understands the consequences behind challenging the Philadelphia Eagles' multibillion-dollar football stadium, which owes the city $8 million, or targeting the Mummers Parade, which are both white-folks recreational establishments. But because this mayor has developed a slave-master relationship with the white community in this city, his tenure will forever be in a form of psychosocial obedient debt to them for electing him. Unfortunately, resulting in the cutting of urban libraries where young African-American children go to access resources is no concern to this psychologically trained "Happy Negro" mayor.
October 19, 2005 |
The speeches on the Mall in Washington on Saturday were wonderful. Thousands of African Americans gathered to hear them at the Millions More March, the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March. Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, and survivors of Hurricane Katrina spoke. Nearly every speaker said once again precisely what needed to be said. But now what? Frankly, I'm tired of listening to speeches and hearing brave people blasting and boasting into microphones about how African Americans can gather in great numbers without violence and dissent.
April 28, 2010
I'M A SENIOR-citizen African-American woman married to the same African-American man for almost 40 years. As I read Jenice Armstrong's column, I wondered why there's such a problem addressing "The Elephant in the Room" when it comes to the dating issues facing black women. Why does no one just come out and tell the truth on the issue of skin hue and black men's overwhelming preference for light-white women? A black women may be educated, successful and everything else, but if she's of a "chocolate or licorice" hue, many black men will refuse to date her. It's OK for a man to be dark, but it's anathema for a woman.
June 18, 2015 |
Before laying my head to rest the other night, Black Twitter blessed me with something magical. Scrolling through my feed, I noticed #unconventionalblackbeauty, a hashtag featuring photos of beautiful black faces. Not much different from #blackoutday, an online movement that celebrated black beauty, right? Wrong. The difference: This was an honest discourse about how we define beauty within the black community. In less than 24 hours, feeds exploded with photos of women and men with full lips, broad noses, and kinky hair.
February 2, 1987 |
Republican mayoral candidate John J. Egan Jr., who fared poorly among black voters in the 1983 mayoral election, attended a service at a black church yesterday, saying he would not "concede any community to any candidate. " Invoking the spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Egan told members of Mount Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Philadelphia that the slain civil rights leader would have had a smile on his face if he had been in the church yesterday. "He would be amazed that a white man would be standing in front of a black congregation and imploring you to judge me by the content of my character and not the color of my skin," Egan said.