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Speak Out and Speak Up America! Separating Children from their Families is NOT American

I returned home Monday on a natural high, having enjoyed a delightful family reunion and a wonderful Father’s Day with family in East St. Louis. As soon as I entered my house, I turned on the television to catch up on the news. I watched and listened in horror. A child who had been separated […]

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The Tragic Demise of DACA: DREAMers Deferred

“What happens to a dream deferred?” Langston Hughes This week the Trump Administration rescinded the DACA program, which provides temporary legal immigration status to individuals arriving in the US illegally as children. In a national press conference US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of DACA, stating that no new applicants will be accepted […]

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Charlottesville: A Gift to America

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“We do not choose our history, but we choose what we honor and celebrate…” – Dr. Gregory Fenves, University of Texas President America and the world were in utter shock last weekend as we watched violence erupt in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the controversy to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from one of the […]

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When and How Did Bill Maher Earn the License to Use the “N” Word???

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My mother and I watch “Real Time with Bill Maher” together every week. It is one of the special mother-daughter moments we enjoy regularly. Every weekend we pull out our blankets and pour our wine or coffee and then watch the show. We particularly enjoy our post-show analysis, where we have an extended conversation about […]

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My Farewell to The Obamas

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It was two days following the election of the first African American President of the United States of America. I was in Austin for a meeting with The University of Texas Department of History Visiting Committee. I woke up to check my email and opened a photo attachment… In total shock and disbelief I could […]

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Election 2016: Top 10 Reasons You Should Vote

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Today is election day 2016, and it is finally time to cast your vote. This historical moment is of immense importance; and considering all that is at stake, there is absolutely no reason why any American citizen, who truly loves this country, should refrain from voting. Your vote will determine not only the direction of […]

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Top 10 Takeaways from “Blacks and Latinos: Our Quest for Civil Rights”

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Last month I participated in the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Convention in Washington, DC. As stated in my previous blog, the CBC ALC is always my favorite convention of the year! This year Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) requested me to moderate his session “Blacks and Latinos: Our Quest for Civil Rights.” Of course, it […]

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Top 12 Takeaways from the DNC 2016

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The Democratic National Committee hosted a spectacular convention this year. Held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Democratic National Convention occurred July 25-28, 2016. Similar to my experience with the Republican National Convention, although for different reasons, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the DNC proceedings. The entire program appealed to me, especially its captivating keynote speakers. There were […]

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Top 10 Takeaways from the RNC 2016: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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The Republican National Committee wrapped up its biggest event last week, having convened in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21, 2016. As I had imaged as well as predicted in my previous post, the Republican National Convention was “unlike any other that I have ever seen…unpredictable and full of unanticipated surprises.” Interestingly, there exists no one word […]

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Cleveland: The Circus is Coming to Town!

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EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!!! Cleveland, the circus is coming to town! “The Trump Vanity Circus” has finally made it to Cleveland, and it promises to be well worth the wait! The show is going to be full of delightful entertainment with its highly anticipated attractions along with the unpredictable surprises that always appear […]

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