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Black men in the news: a brief history of ‘trouble men’

April 30, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Ten years ago, Bill Cosby’s son Ennis and Michael Jordan’s father both died. Entertainer M.C. Hammer filed bankruptcy, and Malcolm X’s grandson ignited a fatal fire. Les Brown divorced Gladys Knight, and the NBA’s Juwon Howard went into a treatment center. Actor Howard Rollins (age 46) died, and Yaphet Kotto chose to marry […]

Obama, Not Wright, Is Obama’s Worst Enemy

April 30, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Whoever on Team Obama keeps feeding into Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s seeming compulsive need to speak out on the Reverend Jeremiah Wright should get the swift boot. When Wright went on his latest public and media tear, Obama should have simply issued a statement saying this: Wright is no longer my pastor. […]

Can Wesley Snipes’ career survive prison?

April 28, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) A few years ago, Robert Downey Jr. was known for abusing drugs, doing jail time and skipping out on rehab sessions. Next week he’s starring in one of the summer’s biggest movies, “Iron Man.” Downey is not the only celebrity to bounce back from hard times with the law. Willie Nelson was fined […]

Cop Acquittal in the Sean Bell Killing was Inevitable…

April 28, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Even before the first witness was called in the Sean Bell trial, a defense attorney for one of the three officers charged with gunning down Bell flatly said that he thought his client and the other two officers would be acquitted in the killing of Bell. This was not typical attorney bluster. The […]

How African American Entrepreneurs Can Beat the Recession…

April 28, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) President Bush calls it an economic “slowdown“, but those affected call it a full-blown recession – and rightfully so. Major airlines have folded, hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs, gas prices are “through the roof“, and the national foreclosure rate is at its highest ever. In addition to all of this, small […]

It’s love, loyalty in face of racism…

April 19, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) I never saw my father wear a flag pin, but he was a patriot. He was more faithful to the United States of America than I would have been if my life had been as burdened by legally sanctioned racism. He grew up in the Jim Crow South, where his opportunities were severely […]

The resonance of racism…

April 16, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Whether by calculation or coincidence, Hillary Clinton and Republicans who have attacked Barack Obama for elitism have struck a chord in a long-standing symphony of racial codes. It is a rebuke that gets magnified by historic beliefs about what blacks are and what they have no right to be. Clinton is no racist, […]

Press Release: Comcast To Launch New Black News Network…

April 16, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Washington D.C.-based Black Television News Channel (BTNC) announced Tuesday it has reached a multi-year carriage agreement with Comcast Cable for distribution in several of the MSO’s urban-based systems beginning in 2009. The network, created by former U.S. congressman J.C. Watts Jr., will launch in 2009 and will provide original news programming with a […]

Quality Black leadership begins at home…

April 15, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Upon my return from the recent commemoration of the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis, the lens through which I viewed leadership was made clearer. I saw men, women, Blacks, Whites, poor and wealthy marching together. As Dr. King’s former aides such as the Rev. C.T. Vivian, Dr. Joseph […]

Invisible men…

April 14, 2008 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) New Orleans, Louisiana – I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, flesh and bone, fiber and liquids-and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am […]

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