| Mar 28, 2010
On Oct. 9, 2009, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs woke up at dawn and received startling news from Oslo. President Obama, only 48, had just received the Nobel Peace Prize. Usually, this most prestigious of awards honors lifetime accomplishment...
| Apr 20, 2010
| 11:52 PM
The American media is absolutely turgid with emotion over White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's ambitious plan to become mayor of Chicago once Mayor Richard Daley leaves office.
Just imagine, Emanuel on the fifth floor of City Hall, lording over...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 6:28 PM
Warning that destruction could be on America's doorstep because it oppresses “God's chosen people,” Minister Louis Farrakhan, the controversial Nation of Islam leader, defended Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi today, calling the U.S. action in...
| Dec 26, 2010
Preaching With Sacred Fire
An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present
Edited by Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas
W.W. Norton: 976 pp., $45
The Anthology of Rap
Edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois
Yale University Press:...
| Sep 19, 2010
Will Chicago once again become the city of tribes, racial and otherwise?
There's plenty of talk about it in the aftermath of the announcement that Mayor Richard Daley will abdicate the throne.
The concern is that the city will once again break along...
| Oct 16, 2010
As national security advisor and then secretary of State to President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice never displayed any doubt or admitted any errors in the White House decisions that led to war in Iraq.
FOR THE RECORD:...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 12:24 PM
Mustapha Farrakhan was talking about maturity recently and used words such as "grateful" and "blessing" about his final basketball season at Virginia — words that conveyed the personal growth of which he spoke.
After a college basketball career...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 4:11 AM
The button-down gingham shirt was accented by a maroon paisley bow tie. Her loose-fitting black jeans slightly covered her black-and-white squared leather shoes. Felicia "Snoop" Pearson's nerd-chic ensemble, accented by geeky glasses, seemed almost red-...
| May 13, 2011
| 8:22 PM
SANTA ANA — An Orange County judge issued a gag order Friday in the misdemeanor criminal trial of 11 college students accused of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
Superior Court Judge Peter J. Wilson said that he...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 2:17 PM
Can you do a play about an invisible man? About an African-American whom others simply refuse to see? Ralph Ellison, it seems fair to surmise, thought probably not. Not well, anyway. Not something that would do justice to the moment, shortly after the end...
| Jan 12, 2012
In trying to get a handle on the mania around Ron Paul, I've been thinking a lot about another figure who, despite a history of bigotry, once inspired a rabid following by speaking to deep truths. It is first necessary to journey back to the Crack Era --...