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?
Today I sat down with a couple of pretty fantastic Washingtonians to discuss the SCOTUS and two prominent American attorneys—one Indian-American and the other, African-American—currently sitting near the top of President Barack Obama’s short-list to replace the late, great and colorful Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia (1936-2016). Continue reading Reflections on the late SCOTUS Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, D.C. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan & U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
For the first several hours of its existence, I knew only that Beyoncé had dropped a new single and video called “Formation”—and consistent with my usual approach to all things Beyoncé, I decided to wait a while. On Sunday morning, I awoke to no fewer than three text messages urging me to crack the seal on this video—“refuse to watch Bey’s new joint at your … Continue reading FORMATION
His unequivocal greatness and influence on nearly every genre of modern American music is far too obvious, extensive and important to sully with words of my own, so I’ll simply use his. R.I.P. to Maurice White – curator of joy and hope, leader of the greatest band ever and THE architect of the soundtrack of our lives. “You will find peace of mind If you look way … Continue reading Be Ever Wonderful