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What’s in a Word?

There is significant discourse on political correctness. Some argue we taken it too far. Others say we have not gone far enough. Although some people may have taken this construct to the extreme, there is substantial justification for tailoring one’s language (and behavior). Words hurt, and the negative effects can stay with you for years. The use of offensive language continues. Three examples of such terms are:

• Tribalism,

• Banana Republic, and

• Voodoo Economics.



Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on November 26, 2017 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Sexual Harassment: Who is the Villain?

Women must stop portraying themselves as perpetual victims. As an African American woman, I have been more oppressed by women than men. So, women, stop the sanctimonious attitude!

This essay is commentary on the recent revelations and accusations of sexual harassment, rape, and pedophilia committed by powerful men.  It attempts to put this problem into context. First, with exception of the second woman who accused Congressman Al Franklen of improper behavior, I believe the women who…


Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on November 26, 2017 at 3:19pm — 4 Comments

The Fascist Protest in Charlottesville, VA: A Message for White America

First, I do not hate White people. I do view with disdain their collective actions/oppression of African Americans in the past. I also am strongly opposed to the beliefs of the KKK, Neo-Nazis, Fascists, and other groups that align with them. But, this essay is not about that, not exactly. Racism and bigotry are part of the American fabric. They have been around and have thrived since the beginnings of this country starting with the massacre of Native Americans. Globally, they have even…


Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on August 14, 2017 at 10:37am — No Comments

The Shame of the Civil Rights Movement

Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement are colluding with media to rewrite history – yes, rewrite history.  Both entities assert that all of Black activism during the 1960s and 1970s was part of the Civil Rights Movement.  They have even coined the period, the Civil Rights Era.  There were other movements going on during the same period as the Civil Rights Movement.  Just as (some say) the Civil Rights Movement is the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther…


Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on January 12, 2017 at 10:41am — 3 Comments

Financial Revolution???

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is calling for a political revolution. Part of his proposed revolution is breaking up the big financial institutions on Wall Street.  His call has touched the hearts and minds of many progressive Democrats between the ages of 18 – 35. Let’s delve a little deeper into this proposal.

            First of all, we understand (somewhat) how this change would…


Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on April 13, 2016 at 3:49pm — No Comments

A Discussion with Elder Mukasa Ricks on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

In April 1960, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, then led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., established the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.  Ella Baker, at the suggestion of Dr. King, was the primary organizer (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), 2013).  This student movement was one of a few Black Power organizations that changed its philosophy from being a civil rights organization, embracing the strategy of…


Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on March 11, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Whatever Happened to the Chad School: An Independent Black School Known for its Educational Excellence?

This blog is part of a series of articles to recognize unsung heroes who were active in the Black Power Movement.  The Chad School was an independent Black educational institution in Newark, New Jersey that was established and supported by the Black Youth Organization. Following is a summary of the founding organization and an interview with former administrator, Babatu Y. Olubayo.

Summary of the Black Youth Organization (BYO)

The Black Youth…


Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on December 13, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Interview with Dr. Ahmad Rahman on the Original Black Panther Party

I recently saw a documentary of the Black Panther Party that aired at the E Street Cinema in Washington, DC.  It was the most compelling and accurate portrayal of the organization that I have seen.  Many have sought to demonize the young Black activists and their efforts have gone largely unrecognized.  The documentary is a collection of news clips and interviews with authentic voices. It puts to rest the contention that the Black Panther Party…


Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on November 14, 2015 at 9:25am — No Comments

A Series of Discussions with African American Leaders Who Played Key Roles in the African Freedom Struggle Part 1: The New Ark School (NAS)

Often, when we discuss the African freedom struggles during the 1960s and 1970s, the discussion centers around the struggles, achievements, and people who were active in the Civil Rights Movement. During the same time, there were many other movements. One was the Black Power Movement. A number of leaders in that movement remain unsung heroes. In the following articles I will present twelve (12) African Americans Leaders in two parts. The first part will be a summary of their organization.…


Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on October 25, 2015 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Examining the similarities between Black Lives Matter and the Black Power Movement

Africans have struggled for freedom since the beginning of their enslavement.  According to Robinson et al. (1987), African Americans have revolted since the beginning of their enslavement, throughout their enslavement, post slavery, and the Jim Crow period; and, efforts continue in present times. One of the latest activist groups is the Black Lives Matter Movement.  When looking at this new movement, there are a number of similarities between it and the Black Power Movement.  I shall…


Added by Dr. Kinaya C. Sokoya on August 31, 2015 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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