Perspectives

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I was talking to a friend of mine from Los Angeles a few days ago. It made me recall a time, some years prior, when I had told him I was coming to visit. “Cool,” he said. “There are some dynamite strip clubs in LA.” I responded, “My brother. I don’t go to strip clubs in Cleveland, why would I …

Why Donald Trump will Never be as Wealthy as John Lewis

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A guest blog by my daughter, Lia P ___________________________________ Donald Trump began buying properties in the 60s. By 1973, he and his father Fred were sued by the US Justice Department for excluding black residents from its buildings in Brooklyn, Queens, and Norfolk, Virginia for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. During the 80s, Trump continued to build his …

Unintended Consequences

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They say people are often inspired by small things–an encouraging word, a pat on the back, or even a wink.  My writing inspiration came from a different set of circumstances. A few years ago, I along with other former African-American Ohio University Bobcats, was asked to write of a memorable experience while at the school. All wrote positive stories about …

The Ambush

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Nineteen-sixty-six is the 50th year of my graduation from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the oldest historically black college and university in the United States.  As my friend and fellow alumnus, Ed Hill, and I reminisced, I reminded him it was also the 50th year that a group of students set an ambush for the Ku Klux Klan, who, according to a …

So

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I was talking to a young African-American man a couple of months ago who was moving up in corporate America. He shared how everybody thought he had gotten his engineering job through affirmative action, when, in fact, he had scored the highest of all the applicants. It reminded me of my short stint in corporate America, but also of a …

Chrissy the Greek

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I enjoyed the 2015 match between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open, but, alas, I had to be subjected to Chris Evert’s snide commentary. Evert concedes Serena is probably the best who’s played the game but can’t seem to get past Serena’s athleticism. In fact, according to Evert, it’s all Serena has or has ever needed to …

Darryl

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A friend of mine drove from Chicago just to attend my book signing. Darryl Flenoy and I met because we fought when we were younger. I didn’t know I was supposed to be afraid of him and didn’t learn until later that in addition to being one of the baddest dudes in the school, he was a gang leader. I …

The Real Thugs

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There’s been a lot of talk in Cleveland, Ohio about the young people in our city who have chosen the thug life. There’ve been a number of incidents that our local paper has jumped on like some pit bull, shaking and chewing these stories to death. There is certainly a need to be concerned and an urgent need to address these …

The Surge

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We’ve all heard of the surge the last two presidents employed so our Middle East allies could achieve political stability. I’m familiar because I employ it myself. In fact, I’ve utilized The Surge many more times than our esteemed leaders, and I would say, with better results. Most veteran writers agree that to be a good writer you need discipline. …

The Dark Side

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All my life I’ve leaned toward the dark side. I love black women, dark clothes, dark novels, dark jokes, and even the dark itself (except when I was in Vietnam). My favorite cowboys were Zorro and Lash Larue because they wore black. I drive a black car and I like my fish blackened. So it should be no surprise that …