| Jul 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
When my father, "Fiddler on the Roof" playwright Joseph Stein, died in October 2010 at 98, my eulogy began with an anecdote from a few years earlier, when he'd fallen ill en route to from New York to Connecticut.
"How do you feel?" asked an EMS guy....
| Jul 30, 2014
| 9:31 AM
A great paradox of Obama’s America is that racism has been so thoroughly condemned that it only rarely receives public attention. To some extent, the election of a black president relaxed what remained of our national focus on race matters, it...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 10:24 AM
Two Democratic attorneys battling for an open state Senate seat in coastal Los Angeles County have been successful at tapping cash from supporters, they reported Thursday.
Ben Allen has a fund-raising lead over Sandra Fluke as the two compete in the...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:40 PM
The final tally of Los Angeles County ballots from the June 3 California primary has been completed, apparently resulting in no race outcomes being changed, election officials said Wednesday.
The tally showed that just 17% of eligible voters...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again.
A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline ("The N----r In The White House") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Tea party champion Chris McDaniel and his supporters are not amused by the irony of seeing their opponent in the Mississippi GOP Senate primary, incumbent Thad Cochran, win by mobilizing black Democrats to turn out for him.
I don't blame them for...
| Jun 19, 2014
When I learned that U.S. military commandos had apprehended one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attack on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi, my first thought was: What are you up to, Obama?
Clearly I wasn't alone in that thinking. News...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 12:25 PM
When the usual EOPO (Enemies Of President Obama) moan, groan and gnash their teeth, I just roll my eyes and dismiss them. But when current and former members of the military speak out about whether, or not, Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter, it’s time...
| May 18, 2014
| 2:30 AM
A hypothetical scenario:
Your little boy lies in a hospital bed, stricken by a mysterious, potentially fatal disease. You are frightened and in despair.
But your community rallies around you. Soon, the whole town is talking about your ordeal....
| May 25, 2014
| 6:26 PM
It is rare for state legislative candidates to get national media attention, but there was West Hollywood attorney Sandra Fluke on MSNBC the other day, talking about the challenges of being a woman running for the California Senate.
It was one of...
| May 28, 2014
"Have you heard of Irish amnesia?" a jolly Irish-American friend once joked. "It's when you forget everything but the grudges."
Indeed, I responded, a lot of us black folks can identify with that: We forget everything but our "40 acres and a mule."...