Even non sports fans have heard of athletes like Terrell Owens (T.O.), “Pacman” Jones, Mike Tyson, O. J. Simpson or Ben Roethlisberger—for all the wrong reasons. But, I guarantee that most people have never heard of Myron Rolle.
Who is Myron Rolle? He is a recent Rhodes Scholar who is finishing his graduate degree in medical anthropology. He graduated from Florida State University (FSU) in 2 ½ years with a pre-medical degree in exercise science (with a grade point averag
My position on illegal immigration is very public—I DO NOT SUPPORT AMNESTY under any circumstances. So, with the new illegal immigration bill signed into law in Arizona and the volume of phone calls seeking my opinion, I have decided to share my thoughts on this issue.
But this time, I want to try a different approach. Those who are interested in my detailed views on illegal immigration can go to my website and read some of my previous columns of this subject. In thi
The March 2010 CDC report stated that nearly half of black women in the U.S. carried the Herpes virus. Here's why those statistics and others like them may be misleading.
The March 2010 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sited startling high levels of the genital herpes virus among African American woman. The report found that 48 percent of African-American women have been exposed to the virus that causes genital herpes. The report gave many African Americans the al
Just like Halley’s Comet only comes around every so often, so does a politician like Mississippi governor, Haley Barbour. He is completing his second term as governor and is term limited from seeking another term. Barbour, a lawyer by training, has one of the most impressive backgrounds of anyone on the political scene today.
He ran for the U.S. Senate in the early 80s (lost), worked in the Reagan White House, the campaign of Bush 41, and served as chairman of the pa
Now that I have everyone’s attention, let’s talk about the one way the Republicans can negate the momentum they have gained heading into the fall elections.
Political analysts all agree that this fall’s elections will be a referendum on the Obama administration and the Democratic controlled Congress. If the elections were held today, in all likelihood, the Democrats would be handily defeated in both the house and the senate (not enough to take
With so much news coverage surrounding the heated rhetoric coming from the tea party, I thought it would be instructive to dissect their anger to see if we can come away with some understanding of their issues.
But let’s be clear on something. Tea party members are aligned with the Republican Party—no matter what both sides say. Name me one tea partier that is supporting a Democrat or the president’s agenda. This is part of the perception problem each group is having—t
Every time I try to give radical, Black, liberals the benefit of the doubt when it comes to doing what’s in the best interest of our own community, I am saddened to conclude that I doubt that there is any benefit.
They claim to represent the Black community, but yet at every turn they undermine the very people they are supposed to be helping. If white people did to us what we are doing to ourselves, there would be a great uproar throughout the country.
HOW BLACK UNITY IS DELIBERATELY HINDERED TO MAINTAIN WHITE DOMINANCE
Many African Americans now holds the opinion that in the face of greater gained opportunities that many within their race became their own worst enemies. It is a perception that often engenders profound feelings of immense humiliation, racial self contempt, and disunity among many African Americans in the 21st-century. But are these depictions and self perception of African Americans correct? Scores of African Americans now shar
Last week Keith Olberman (host of MSNBC’s TV show Countdown) caused a controversy when he called the Tea Party movement racist because they are a mostly white movement and many of their members use a lot of language filled with hate. He went on to challenge people to review video footage and photos from the Tea Party’s events to prove his point.
Those in the Tea Party movement and others on the conservative side of the political spectrum went apoplectic because of
Can you imagine Michael Jordan seeking advice on basketball from a ping pong player, or Tiger Woods seeking advice on his golf swing from a rugby player, or Bill Gates seeking advice on technology from a Buddhist monk?
Even Hollywood, with all its creative energy, could not have come up with such a script. Even if they did, no one would believe them. They would be run out of town. But, what would you say if I told you of a real life story that seems just as ridicul
Republicans continue to play a dangerous game of politics that may give them short term victory, but will ultimately destroy their brand and viability. They are allowing fellow Republicans to enter territory that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
Republicans would argue that they can’t “control” what others say and that people have the right to “freedom of speech.” All this is true, but there is such a thing as enabling a person to engage in destru
February 4, 2010Raynard JacksonLast week in the president’s State of the Union address, Obama reiterated his support for the total repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. This policy allows gays, lesbians and bisexuals to serve in the military as long as they don’t reveal their sexual preferences.Earlier this week the U.S. Senate held hearings on the issue. Secretary of Defense, Bob Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen both supported its repeal. M
January 28, 2010Raynard JacksonLast night President Obama gave his first State of the Union address to the nation. As I was listening to the president I thought if he could do it, why can’t I? So, below, I will give my first State of the Union address.The state of the union is thriving! Not only do we have the first Black president of the country; this is the first time in our nation’s history that the State of the Union was given by a Black. This is an example of the best of America.But, unfort
January 21, 2010Raynard JacksonThe stunning win of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race Tuesday has sent shock waves throughout the political world. But, as usual with tectonic shifts like this, everyone is totally misreading what happened.Republicans have every reason to be crowing today and Democrats have every reason to be depressed. I would call what happened Tuesday night the “Browning” of America. The people of Massachusetts spoke with their votes that they are more interested in r
January 14, 2010Raynard JacksonIn light of the recent revelation of Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) comments about President Obama’s race, I feel compelled to try to add some sanity to the debate.Sen. Reid is quoted as having said, “Obama could win the White House because he was a “light-skinned African-American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”This was a stupid comment, but not worthy of all the attention it is receiving. Does this mean Reid is a racist? Of course not. We must stop
If it’s January, it must be time for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Wall Street Project. And if you haven’t already done so, this is the time to register and get your business cards dusted off, your resumes ready and your business suits out of mothballs, because you just might meet your next employer there.
Below isthe basic information on the upcoming events being held at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, 53rd and 7th Avenue. For further information or to register go on line an follow the prompts.
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I have been a TV viewer of the NAACP IMAGE AWARDS for many years; for the most part I have enjoyed the entertainment although I must admit, being occasionally mystified by some of the choices made when it appeared popularity and corporate support trumped talent.
Last year was indeed, a historic one with the election of the first African American President, Barrack Obama. When the cameras panned the 150,000 faces of a divided nation—present in Chicago’s Grant Park-- to celebr
December 17, 2009Raynard JacksonTiger Woods seems to be the talk of the town of late. I had decided not to write about the Woods’ situation, but after an avalanche of calls from friends and media, I deicide to share my thoughts on this issue. So, for my final column of the year, I will give you my take.For those who have been living on another planet, let me give some background. Tiger Woods has been caught up in a storm of alleged mistresses who have come out publically to discuss their sexual
December 10, 2009Raynard JacksonAs the historic nature of Obama’s election begins to fade, the reality of Black’s expectations have begun to boil over. Obama received 96 % of the Black vote last year, but now they are asking, “where is the return on their investment?” This friction has recently spilled out into the public. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has finally grown some backbone and has publically challenged Obama on issues of particular concern to the Black community. These issues i
November 19, 2009Raynard JacksonLast week I was honored to be asked to moderate a panel on leadership during the annual Fall Leadership Institute of the Florida African American Student Association Incorporated (F.A.A.S.A.).F.A.A.S.A. was born in the spring of 1976 under the name of the Florida Black Student Union. It was founded by six institutions: Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River Community College, Palm Beach Community College,