In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said.
I was struck by how quickly many pundits jumped on President Obama’s comment regarding ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in which he stated, “…we do not have a strategy yet…” Why the surprise? Why any outrage? ...
I never wanted to become the poster child for anything, let alone domestic violence. But my blood is boiling, so when I say shut up, I'm venting at all those people out there who insist on blaming the victim.
Black life, for the most part, has become a myriad of frustration, doubt, hopelessness, desperation, despair, struggle and fear.
Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster ...
In one instant, Michael Brown was identified as a threat and in the next he was dead. The people in Ferguson, Missouri have seen this story before and they are tired of its repetitive nature.
The beheading of American journalist James Foley was horrifying. My prayers are with his family. May God comfort Foley's soul in eternity.
This is a call for all eligible black folks to register and vote in every election from now until eternity, so we can stop the rallies, marches and demonstrations related to voting.
Every day, we turn on the television and hear about all the wars in the Middle East. Life is bad in the Middle East.
As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society.
As a huge fan of the Miami Heat, my heart was broken twice this summer: First, when the team was overwhelmed by the San Antonio Spurs to lose the 2014 NBA finals, and again when Lebron James announced he is ...
July 3-6 is the date. New Orleans is the place. Empowerment is the purpose. Iconic thought leaders and musicians bring the message. For the 20th year in a row, Essence magazine is organizing the largest annual gathering of African American ...
I sold Grit newspapers when I was nine years old. It was always a great day when I had sold my last Grit for the week. The profit was five cents per paper.
Afghanistan is not, as the media calls it, "America's longest war." In reality, that is the government's "War on Poverty."
It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.