After the eulogy, prayers, the sweet soothing ritual of a choir moaning, I rose from the front pew of the Kennedy Street Adventist Church where I had sat for over an hour and took my place beside the casket which held my longtime friend, Pablo Enrique Sanchez, Jr.
Six of us in dark well starched black suits and pearl white funeral parlor issue gloves followed Pablo’s casket as it was wheeled down the middle aisle of the church slowly while the final remnants of the gospel standard “Last Mile Of The Way” hummed triumphantly from the church organ.
The legendary R&B singer, R. Kelly, is languishing in jail awaiting trial in Chicago but he received some interesting attention this past week: Congressmen Matt Gaetz tried to visit him.
Though Gaetz entered the detention center where Kelly is being held under another name, he had to use his own I.D. to actually enter the facility so it has been verified.
“We suggested M. Gets to match with R. …
“I Can Make The March And Make Georgia Howl…” — General William T. Sherman
Last time I was in Georgia, I stumbled upon a Black Hair show at a fancy downtown hotel in Atlanta. Atlanta was booming back then, as it is now. I was on my way to Louisiana and decided to lay over for a few days with my family.
It was a joy to see the hair show; I even ran into a few barbers I knew from D.C. and one hairstylist as well.
I had Fried Chicken and Waffles when I was there as well. Visited…
It was pretty clear about three weeks ago that Joel Embid was going to be the Most Valuable Player of the 2020–21 NBA season. He was having his best season to date as a professional.
Embiid is averaging 29.9 points per game, 11.5 rebounds, and is shooting 56 percent from the field including 42 percent from beyond the three point arc. His Sixers are in the hunt for a title and sit at the top of the Eastern Conference currently.
But Embiid recently hyperextended his knee in a whack game against the Washington Bullets (I mean Wizards — wow, I…
The Nazi Germany invasion and takeover of France in 1940 has many parallels to America when it elected Donald Trump in 2016. According to Caroline Moorehead in her book, ‘A Train in Winter,’ when the Nazis took over the city many of the famous French intellectuals fled south to a free zone in France. Some Parisians stuck around and some had no choice as they were part of the establishment.
On the other hand, the far right, the conservatives, many of whom were also in fear as the Nazis approached, returned to the city, ready to accept the benefits and…
The decision by the Republicans to reject any reforms to the electoral voting systems and to go hard using voter suppression is telling. It is still 1966 in America. Or is it 1866?
And again, the Democrats either have not enough juice to change the country or not enough guts to spend political capital to address the racist mess that it is.
Here goes one way of looking at it, using the Rev. Jesse Jackson:
On January 20, 1978, the Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to the Republican Party in Washington D.C. …
The one where all of the white members of the congregation pretend like you are not there. Like they are way too deep into their worship and don’t even see you.
But they see you, Invisible Man. (Will someone please hand Ralph Ellison a church program so he can follow along and sing the hymns with everyone else?)
And the one where they are almost too nice, almost too welcoming as if they are trying to make sure I didn’t get the wrong impression. …
I am in Liverpool, England. It is July 16, 2012. I am sitting in the lobby of the International Slave Museum located in Liverpool on Albert Dock, just off from the River Mersey on the waterfront.
There are people moving about in and out of the museum, tour groups of children and adults, or just small families, taking it all in, buying souvenirs and other trinkets to remind them of their visit.
Hundreds of years ago in this very spot, ships made their slow trek into this area loaded with human cargo from nations in Africa. …
It was an incident involving a carload of gay Black men that helped me understand sexism and homophobia and begin to try to be a better person and man.
It happened years ago when I was just out of college.
My friends and I were in D.C., in Georgetown, in the hot sun hanging out when a carload of Black men slowed down near us and whistled at us. They complimented a few of us on our legs and shouted — “Hey cutie.”
It was probably some sort of dare on their part because they pulled off right away and…
I read a very good friend’s social media feed recently and the talk was secession in the Pacific Northwest.
My friend travels in conservative circles and the talk amongst some in the circle was that Oregon and Idaho should secede from the union and form their own state taking a piece of each state.
The city of Portland, for example, is ruined according to them. So is Northern California. Here is one of the post — poster’s handle removed for privacy.
Numbers runner. Cigar smoker.