For the last few days, I have been thinking about my approach to this piece, and though I have built my brand on being completely honest and raw, I feel as though another angle is needed. I will still be completely honest, but I do not want my honesty to come off as bitterness because, truthfully, I am in a really good place in my life and career. The space I am in has afforded me the ability to speak candidly about the state of Atlanta’s African American fine art scene with
Special to the Maynard Report from Cascade Press Jill Stein, following a tour of Denham Springs, Louisiana this week, said she witnessed firsthand the unfair and uneven flood relief efforts. Stein's remarks were made during a Tuesday, August 23rd press conference at the National Press Club in the District of Columbia. Denham Springs, Louisiana, population of roughly 10,000 people was hit hard by the recent flooding. However, Stein said she did not see any evidence of a recove
(ATLANTA, GA) August 24, 2016. Maya Dillard Smith is the former Chief Executive of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia who found herself caught in the crossfire of the transgender bathroom debate a few months ago as the issue took center stage in national headlines over North Carolina’s HB2 “transgender bathroom bill.” Today, in an op-ed entitled Federal Court’s Denial of Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Directive a Win for Everyone Dillard Smith writes, “The Fe
I have been thinking about this topic for years, and now I am ready to write about it. How do I find and somehow wrap pretty language around some ugly experiences? As I think about how much better Black America could be if the majority of black churches took more of an active role in the growth of the community at-large including support of black-owned businesses, I get excited by the thought. While I cannot speak for all black churches of course, I can speak about my profess
Renowned civil rights and Black political journalist George E. Curry, the dean of Black press columnists because of his riveting weekly commentary in Black newspapers across the country, is being remembered this week as a legend.
Curry died suddenly of heart failure on Saturday, August 20. He was 69.
"He stood tall. He helped pave the way for other journalists of color to do their jobs without the questions and doubts," said the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. with whom Curry trav
A letter to Nate Parker By OKEEBA JUBALO I am sure at this point in time you are living within a deadly hurricane of other people’s words and opinions about who you are. Honestly it is fair to say that our view of who you are may not reflect the reality of your now inner-workings on a spiritual or maturity level. You are now learning that a Black Man will always be guilty first and whatever other title we hope for may come after that. You and many of us know the details of yo
Birth of a Nation and why it must be shown Part of being a Black conservative is that you naturally know that liberals don’t want freedom nor information to flow to Black people and everything they do will eventually come back to haunt you. Take for example the new movie “Birth of a Nation”. This movie written, produced, directed and starred in by Nate Parker is now running into some speedbumps after being sold to Fox Searchlight. Apparently, when Mr. Parker was in college he
These words are coming to you from an honest place with the best intentions. My truth is simple and straight to the point- I need your help. As a forty year-old Black Man who has worked endlessly to create financially lucrative avenues for our people I am now at the place of humbly asking for your help. We are at a fork in the road and my generation does not have what we need to move ourselves up the ladder. Your generation was able to capitalize on a number of affirmative ac
Friends, One year ago today we lost Julian Bond; not just we who knew and loved him, but our nation as well. Here below are some comments from last year’s news reports honoring his passing. Angelo Fuster "Julian Bond was a hero and, I'm privileged to say, a friend. Justice and equality was the mission that spanned his life. Julian Bond helped change this country for the better." President Barack Obama “Bond's legacy will be as a lifetime struggler. He started when he was
Black folks have been praying to the white man’s God for hundreds of years and voting for the white man or his puppets for decades. The truth about US is that we are in trouble, deep trouble. Our inability to NOT believe in the white man’s fairytales has US in a state of delusion that will surely end with our heads on a stick. From the Easter bunny to Santa Claus to St. Patrick’s Day to Valentine’s Day to Obama to Jay Z on up to a white Jesus…we believe in the white man’s fai