On Saturday, November 12, 2016, I sat down with TRT World’s Washington, DC correspondent Tetiana Anderson and conservative commentator, Christopher Harris, for a candid session of Saturday morning quarterbacking on Election 2016. Click here to view the entire segment, called “Trump: President of the Divided States.” As Tetiana immediately noted at the outset of the discussion (Tetiana didn’t waste any time going in—ha!), I penned a piece … Continue reading Election 2016 Hangover: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Obama Legacy.
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
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