News and Issue Commentaries

Selected Articles

Democratic Blue and Peoplehood Black:
Necessary Distinctions Between People and Party

Being Ella Baker Even After the Election:
Valuing Our Victory, Continuing Our Struggle (11-12-20)

Taking Tuesday in Stride:
Waking Up Wednesday Still in Struggle (11-05-20)

The Moral Meaning of Our Struggle:
Saving America From Its Trumpian Self (10-29-20)

Assessing the Million Man March:
Lessons Learned from the
Mission Statement (10-22-20)

Remembering the Million Man March:
Reflections on Memory and Mission (10-15-20)

Forging Our Future With Fannie Lou Hamer:
The Urgency and Value of Voting (10-08-20)

Pursuing the Seven-Fold Path of Blackness:
Practicing Principles of Life and Struggle
(10-01-20) Part 2

Pursuing the Seven-Fold Path of Blackness:
Practicing Principles of Life and Struggle
(09-24-20) Part 1

Us’ 55 Years of Unbudging Blackness:
Africa As Our Moral Ideal – Part 2 (09-17-20)

Us’ 55 Years of Unbudging Blackness:
Africa As Our Moral Ideal – Part 1 (09-10-20)

Rising in Resistance with Paul Robeson:
Athletes Joining the Struggle for Racial Justice

Garvey’s Whirlwind; Watts’ and Ferguson’s Fire:
Signs and Obligations of Our Times -PART 2 – (08-27-20)

Garvey’s Whirlwind; Watts’ and Ferguson’s Fire:
Signs and Obligations of Our Times -PART 1 – (08-20-20)

Recognizing Aurora as America Unmasked:
No Exemption, Even For Our Children (08-13-20)

Honoring Black Resistance in August:
Pursuing Liberation thru Love and Struggle (08-06-20)

Resisting the White-Washing of Ethnic Studies:
Keeping Color in Life and Learning (07-30-20)

Lifting Up Lowery, Vivian and Lewis:
Living the Legacy, Freeing the People (07-23-20)

Achieving Justice for George Floyd:
Radically Reimagining and Rebuilding America [Part 2]

Taking Down Flags and Tearing Down Walls:
Some Seriously Needed Distinctions (07-09-20)

Questioning the Country With Frederick Douglass:
Judgment, Not Joy on July 4th (07-02-20)

Righteous and Relentless Struggle:
Again, Reflections on the Principle and Practice

Maintaining the Meaning of Juneteenth:
Staying Focused on Freedom (06-18-20)

Achieving Justice for George Floyd:
Radically Reimagining and Rebuilding America [Part 1]

Reigniting Fergusons Fires of Resistance:
Reaffirming the Will and Right to Breathe (06-04-20)

Message from Minister Malcolm on ALD:
Silencing the Guns of Pandemic Oppression (05-28-20)

Larry Aubry, Lying Down Like a Hill:
Still Having Height, Always Pointing Upward (05-21-20)

Honoring Our Mothers With Our Lives:
Lessons of Love, Life and Struggle 05-14-20

Summer Will Not Save Us:
Faultlines, Battlelines, Affirmation and Resistance

Madcapping and Conning with Trump:
Feeding Americans Addiction to Illusions (04-30-20)

Seeking Victory Over Two Viruses:
COVID-19 and the Pathology of Oppression (04-23-21)

Meditating on the Meaning of Struggle:
Valuing Our Inward and Outward Striving (04-16-20)

Black People Rising and Reaffirming:
Resurrection, Repair, Renewal and
Remaking Ourselves and the World (04-09-20)

Bringing Forth the Fire Within Us:
Weathering the Worst of Winters (04-02-20)

The Ethics Of Healthcare:
Essential Kawaida Considerations (03-26-20)

Social Solidarity In Spite of Social Distancing:
Keeping Our Closeness in Critical Times (03-19-20)

Grounding and Centering Ourselves:
Chosen to Bring Good in the World (03-12-20)

Lifting and Holding Up Heaven:
Women’s and Men’s Work in the World (03-05-20)

Tambiko For Min. Malcolm: His Jihad, Awesome Sacrifice
and Continuing Powerful Presence (02-27-20)

Walking With Woodson in History:
Truth, Justice and Transformation (02-20-20)

Black Love: A Complementary and Species-Compelling Need

Black History: Its Meaning, Message and Forward Motion (02-06-20)

History, Memory and Struggle: The Morality of Remembrance ( 01-30-20)

New Year Wishes and Work: Pursuing and Practicing Peace (01-23-20)

Considering King in Critical Times:
Daring To Oppose War and Practice Peace (01-16-20)

America Nodding and Nightmaring Towards War:
Bedding Down and Mad-Maxing With Trump (01-09-20)

(see “Columns and Position Statements” |


    • “The Ethics and Errors of immigration: The Issue and Urgency of Justice,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 04/13/06, p. A-7
    • “Black Men Missing: But Not Without A Trace,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 03/29/06, p. A-7
    • “Pledging Allegiance to the USA: One Nation, Under Illusion,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,03/22/06, p. A-7
    • “Striving and Struggling in Gary: Pimpin’ and Hustlin’ in Hollywood,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,03/15/06, p. A-7
    • “For Love and Struggle: Beyond the Crash, Hustle and Floss,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 03/08/06, p. A-7
    • “Black Women’s History: Celebrating Miracles, Wonders and Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 02/29/06, p. A-7
    • “Sankofa: Seasons of Struggle and Change,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 02/22/06, p. A-7
    • “Seeking Solutions to Interethnic Conflict: Social and Institutional Issues,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 02/16/06, p. A-7
    • “Coretta Scott King: Dream Keeper, Dawn Bringer,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 02/9/06, p. A-7
    • “Black History:  Its Meaning, Message and Forward Motion,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,  02/2/06, p. A-9
    • “A New President and Promise for Liberia: Searching for Signs and Wonders,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 01/26/06, p. A-7
    • “Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Sacred Narrative and Model,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 01/19/06, p. A-7
    • “Choosing to Be African: A Lifetime Resolution,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 01/12/06, p. A-15
    • “Reconceiving Our New Year Resolutions:  Remembering Our Work in the World,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 01/05/06, p. A-7


    • “Kwanzaa: A Season of Celebration, Meditation and Recommitment,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 12-29/05, p. A-7
    • “Freeing Morgan Freeman: Reaffirming Black History,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 12/22/05, p. A-7
    • “Regarding Stanley Tookie Williams: Matters of Life and Death,” The Los Angeles Sentinel 12/15/05, p. A-7
    • “Doing Good in the World: Reaffirming the Ethics of Service,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 12/8/05, p. A-7
    • “Meditating on the March: Achievements Made, Lessons Learned,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 12/1/05, p. A-7
    • “Rethinking Thanksgiving: Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 11/24/05, p. A-7
    • “In Defense of Life: Unmasking Official Killing Posing as Justice,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 11/17/05, p. A-7
    • “Concerning Seasons of Fire and Struggles for Freedom,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 11/10/05, p. A-7
    • “Rosa Parks, Her People and the Movement: Honoring the Person, the People and Their Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 11/3/05, p. A-7
    • “Making the Movement Real: Principles, Process and Practice,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 10/27/05, p. A-7
    • “The Millions More March and Movement: Mission, Meaning and Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 10/20/05, p. A-13
    • “Marchin’ Towards A Movement: Movin’ Toward Liberation,” The Los Angeles Sentinel,  10/13/05, p. A-7
    • “Aborting Racism, Ending Oppression and Giving Birth to Justice,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 10/6/05, p. A-7
    • “Weathering the Hurricanes of History: Repairing Ourselves and the World,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/29/05, p. A-7
    • “Cultural Grounding, Unbudging Blackness and Steadfastness in Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/22/05, p. A-7
    •  “40th Anniversary Reflections on Us: Harnessing the Hurricane of Righteous Anger and Activism,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/15/05, p. A-7
    • “Riding Out the Hurricane: Reaffirming the Resilience of the People,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/8/05, p. A-7
    • “The Minister, the Movement and the LAPD:  Police Violence and Community Resistance,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 9/01/05, p. A-7
    • “Garvey in the Whirlwind: The Lesson and Legacy of Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 8/25/05, p. A-7
    • “Remembering the March: Rebuilding the Movement,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 8/18/05, p. A-7
    • “Message From Watts: Liberation is Coming From A Black Thing,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 8/11/05, p. A-7
    • “The Legacies of Mary M. Bethune: Knowledge, Sacrifice, Service and Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 8/04/05, p. A-7
    • “Dreamin’ With the Mayor; Wrestlin’ With Reality,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 7/7/05, p.A-7
    • “Gathering in Grief, Uniting in Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 7/ 21/05, p. A-7
    • “Africa and Global Justice: Beyond the G-8 Scam in Scotland,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 7/28/05, p. A-7
    • “Terror, Trials and Tribulations in Mississippi: Partial Justice and Ongoing Struggle,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 6/30/05, p. A-7
    • “DeAfricanizing King Tut: A Forensic Fantasy,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 6/23/05, p. A-7

2004 and previous

    • “Rightful Concerns About the Funding of Faith,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 2/17/05 “Rough Riding With Reagan,” The Los Angeles Sentinel, 06/17/04
    • “The Politics and Practice of Reparations” Afrikan Business and Culture, London, 2003
    • “Kwanzaa: Living the Principles for Community Development,” Afrikan Business & Culture, London, Vol. 1, No. 19, 2000, pp. 28-31
    • “The Lessons and Legacy of Adwa: Forging Our Future iin Struggle,” Ethiopian Review(April/June) 1998, 54-56
    • “The Essentials of Kwanzaa,” Terra Magazine, (September/October) 1997
    • “The Meaning and Message of Kwanzaa” The Alarm (London) 10 (December) 1995
    • “Marcus Garvey: Lessons of Possibility,” 75th Anniversary Universal African Flag Day Journal, August, 1995, 15-16
    • An interview “Kawaida: Theory and Practice” The Gaither Report, 2, 11 (September-October) 1995
    • “Reagan and the Right: Beyond Illusion to Concrete Analysis,” Black News, 4, 15 (January, 1981) 4-5
    • “Kwanzaa: Concept and Functions,” Los Angeles Sentinel, 44, 14 (January 4, 1979)
    • “Black Politics in 1980: The Problem of Strategy and Structure,” Black News, 4, 1 (October, 1978) 4-6
    • “Blacks and the GOP: The Newest Deal,” In These Times, 2, 46 (October 11-16, 1978) 16
    • “The De-Afro-Americanization of Malcolm X,” The Voice News & Viewpoint, 17, 38 (May 31, 1978) A-5
    • “Chinese Theory and Practice on the Nationalities Question,” In These Times, 1, 42 (September 14-20, 1977) 16
    • “Malcolm X: His Message and Magnitude,” Voice News & Viewpoint, 15, 36 (May 18, 1977) A-2
    • “FESTAC: Report From Nigeria,” In These Times, 1, 22 (April 20, 1977) 9, 11
    • “Reassessing King’s Rich Political Legacy,” In These Times, 3, 23 (May 9-15, 1979) 18
    • “Confrontation at Camp Pendleton: Issues and Impact,” Voice News & Viewpoint,   (December 22, 1976) A-5
    • “A Brief Outline of a Philosophy of Black Studies,” Black News, 3, 14 (November, 1976) 25
    • “African Liberation and Shuttle Diplomacy,” Voice News & Viewpoint, 15, 4 (October 6, 1976) 6
    • “William Marshall’s Othello: Critique and Commentary,” Voice News & Viewpoint, 15, 50 (August 25, 1976) 4-5
    • “For Amilcar Cabral: A Tribute to His Triumph,” The African World, 3, 17 (July 14, 1973) 11.