Sixteen years ago to the day, as a freshman in college, I finally went to bed after a long night of following returns in the Election of 2000. I rested comfortably, believing Al Gore had just narrowly defeated George W. Bush. And then I awoke to learn that he hadn’t. Over the next several weeks, my roommates and I watched nervously as the recounts continued, … Continue reading Boo—And Vote
Like many African-Americans, I’m lactose intolerant. I discovered this just over a year ago when I began suffering from phantom headaches and a general malaise. These symptoms were really uncomfortable and made it difficult to focus on tasks requiring analytical thinking. You see, I had an addiction to coffee doused with cream, and since giving that up wasn’t an option, I sought a solution that … Continue reading Lactose Intolerance in the Presidential Election of 2016
On a sunny, cloudless Manhattan afternoon this past Saturday, June 18, 2016, I sat down with six close friends—five African-Americans and one Caucasian—to moderate the inaugural Politics, Race & Pop Culture Roundtable. During this hour-long conversation and debate, this opinionated group discussed President Obama’s complex legacy, the nature and extent of America’s progress in race relations since the O.J. Simpson verdict in 1995, and whether … Continue reading The Inaugural Roundtable: Barack, Orenthal James, Steph & LeBron
America needs Donald Trump—this is what I said, with a straight face mind you, to several African-American brunch companions last weekend in Northeast D.C. No, I haven’t switched political parties, and no, I haven’t lost my mind, and no, I didn’t say this as a means of silencing this extremely loquacious bunch so that I might get a few words in edgewise (although, as I … Continue reading America Needs Donald Trump
It’s a pretty ridiculous question, I know—how does one choose between two geniuses of the same genre? Nevertheless, I attempted an answer based on what else…my personal experience. And the winner is…? Continue reading Jilly From Philly or Queen Badu?
When the “Founders” sat down in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 to write our Constitution, they were driven by and concerned with a host of specific, critical logistical matters—for example, whether executive power should exist in one person or three, or whether slaves should be counted for purposes of determining proportional representation in the House of Representatives—but at the forefront of their minds, and … Continue reading Why Democrats Need a Stronger Republican Party
Recently, I sat down to discuss the presidential election of 2008, the subsequent 2010 election cycle, and the story behind the story—including the squandered opportunity for CHANGE—that inspired my first novel…We Hold These Truths. Continue reading We Hold These Truths, a novel by David S. Mitchell
During a heavy hitting and candid discussion on February 17th about the race politics swirling around the 2016 contest for the U.S. presidency, I offered my thoughts on how African-American voters should approach the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Continue reading Should Black Voters Remain Loyal to the Clinton Brand?
In an article penned in The Nation last week on February 10th, some say Michelle Alexander compellingly argued that Hillary Clinton doesn’t deserve African-American votes in 2016 because both she and President Bill Clinton supported policies that “decimated black America.” I tackled this topic—and others—earlier today. Continue reading Were Black Folks Duped by the Clintons in the 1990s?