In another Democratic National Committee move that didn’t surprise me by any measure, unofficial Obama favorite, Clinton family ally and former Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was elected to serve as the imploded political party’s chairperson yesterday. Perez’s win over his more more Progressive opponent, Representative Keith Ellison, confirms a thought that’s been droning in my head for the past […]Read More DNC Doesn’t Want to Be Saved
Listening to the replay of Tanya Free’s recent radio show reminded me that I should share my thoughts about Arlie Russell Hochschild’s National Book Award-Nominated work, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. (Ahem) I did commit to posting about each NBA shortlisted finalist entry … During the latter part of […]Read More Wordcraft: Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
I love Charles M. Blow. I may not always agree with him, but he’s on point most of the time and his fiery writing reflects a constant synchronization of signals with the African diasporic struggle. If you have no idea of what I just said, watch how the NY Times columnist regulated President Trump supporter and […]Read More Charles M. Blow to Trump Cheerleader I’m Not Your Petting Zoo Animal
You would think years of false alarms about the death of seven-time grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau would prepare me for hearing about his actual departure today. But they didn’t. Jarreau belongs to a very small circle of vocalists who won over Jazz, Pop and R&B audiences during their careers. But what makes Jarreau a unique […]Read More Goodbye, Al Jarreau
We could simply praise the brilliant police work that led to the arrest of Middletown resident Ross Compton for allegedly setting his home on fire. Or we can be alarmed by what appears to be a pillar stripped away from Americans’ Fifth Amendment rights. The case involves Compton dialing 911 last September to report waking […]Read More Sunday Smack: Can Your Personal Medical Data Put You in Jail?
I’m going to break an editorial rule for this blog and cover more than one main idea — namely cooning and lowering the City of Chicago’s crime rate. You’ve shamed those so-called Black leaders for attending Donald Trump’s debut Black History Month event as President of the United States. I disagree. I don’t instantly think […]Read More Coons, Trump and Saving Chicago
Black college lovers who suffer from Trumpxiety may have plenty to say about this week’s Sunday Smack: BuzzFeed News reported that the White House — through its public liaison leader Omarosa Manigault — is drafting an executive order concerning historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). During the same meeting where much of the media talked about how […]Read More Sunday Smack: What Will Trump’s “Deal” for Black Colleges Look Like?
After watching President Donald Trump get his talking point wrong about Frederick Douglass’ current status on earth, I percolated the idea of creating daily posts of the humorous sort about Trump’s Alternative Black History — but ultimately decided against this route. First — mentalunrest’s (deliberate lowercase M here) editorial policy tells me to cover topics […]Read More Trump’s Alternative Black History: Endorsement of White Terrorism