Tuesday, October 4, 2022


Barack Obama and His Pastor—First Not Black Enough—Now is He Too Black?

March 31, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Hey, what happened to all those people who wondered whether Barack Obama was “black enough” to win black votes? Now all I hear is people asking whether he’s too black to win white votes. Those who walk the highwire of crossover politics—black to white and back again—must strike a delicate balance. It was […]

Where Should Conversation on Race Start?

March 30, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) So, we’re going to get honest about race this time? Let’s get started then. If only it were that simple. We’ve had time to digest Sen. Barack Obama’s call for a new, and more frank, examination of the “complexities of race in this country that we’ve never really worked our way through.” Plenty […]

4 Reasons To Kick Your Coffee Habit…

March 30, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Are you the guy or gal that has to stop at Starbucks every morning to get that liquid rush? Would you just have the most terrible day if you were running late for work and had to skip it? If you are, than you make up an estimated 90% of Americans that need […]

African Americans pursuing roots and shared history in Brazil…

March 30, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Semaj Williams, a stress-management consultant from New Jersey, feels Brazil in his past, and his present. ”It’s very clear to me that in another life I was Brazilian,” said the hulking Williams, seated on the shaded patio of a colonial convent-turned-upscale-hotel. “I’m sure of that: Brazil is one of my places.” He is […]

Friend’s death a stark reminder of our mortality…

March 24, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Chicago, Illinois – Time to shape up if you want to collect Social Security… I recently looked at my “Social Security Statement” and realized that I’m one of the hardworking boomers who may never see a dime of this nest egg. After being in the work force full-time for 43 years, and paying […]

Black Voters Can’t Put Obama in the White House…

March 21, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) African-American voters will help insure that Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama keeps his slight edge over Hillary Clinton—for now. They will not help him beat John McCain if he eventually gets the Democratic nomination. Yet it’s still a virtual article of political faith that a strong, united, and crusading black vote can tip […]

Murder propagates stereotypes…

March 21, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Fayetteville, North Carolina – As the Daily Tar Heel breaking news message came across my computer screen, I remember feeling numbness as I read it. The message indicated that the white female whose unidentified body had been found in Chapel Hill had now been identified as that of Eve Carson, the UNC-Chapel Hill […]

Jeremiah Wright Can Be a Problem or Opportunity for Obama…

March 20, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) There is an adage that the most segregated hour in America is at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Therein lies the difference in reaction to the recently released videos featuring provocative statements by Sen. Barack Obama’s pastor for the past 20 years, Dr. Jeremiah Wright. Most African Americans who view these video snippets […]

The Irony of HIV/AIDS: Preventable Yet Spreading In Black America

March 17, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) HIV/AIDS was quickly stereotyped as a “gay disease” 25 years ago because most of the victims were homosexuals. Today, African Americans, who account for 12 percent of the U.S. population, are 50 percent of HIV cases. Black teens (aged 13-19), who account for 16 percent of the population, are 69 percent of new […]

Obama Refuses Role of Black Man in Clinton Play…

March 15, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) BARACK Obama, it is commonly said, “transcends” race. This is a polite way of saying he is not Rev Jesse Jackson or Rev Al Sharpton. Like Nelson Mandela, he offers liberation from a shameful past. With Jackson and Sharpton, there is no getting off the hook so easily: there are still payments to […]

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