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  • What to Do If Your Child is Overweight

    Every adult I know with an unhealthy relationship to food in their past, usually can attribute it in part to a well-meaning, yet overly-controlling adult family member who tried to monitor their eating patterns and weight.  I was told as a 6th-grader...
  • New IMF Leadership Ignores World Realities

    Part of me is delighted that France's Finance Minister Christine Lagarde will replace the accused rapist Dominique Strauss-Kahn as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  She will be the first woman to hold this position, and her...
  • “The Pledge”

    Over this long holiday weekend, children will be gathering in towns and cities around the country ooh-ing and aah-ing over fireworks, marching in parades, proud of their heritage and proudly waving the American flag.  Most of them still believe in th...
  • Michele Bachmann: The John Wayne of Political Lies

    Whether making the round of Sunday morning talk shows, giving the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, or announcing her own presidential candidacy, Michele Bachmann does one thing consistently – lie. The Republican con...
  • Blacks and Toyota

    A scrap has broken out between the world’s largest automobile manufacturer and the Black Press of America. The Black publishers’ issues involve “race, respect and reciprocity.” Earlier this year, Toyota ran a series of full-page “Thank you” ad...
  • South Africa Class Warfare Heats Up

    After warning that South Africa could become a “banana republic”, the Secretary General of South Africa’s largest labor union, Zwelinzima Vavi, added fuel to the fire rising between the Government and labor at an executive committee meeting of the l...
  • Harvard Grad is New Pick to Lead Somalia

    A Harvard-educated economics professor has been named prime minister of the transitional government of Somalia, as it struggles to keep insurgents of the Islamist Al Shabab group from taking over the country. President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed said the n...
  • New Book Compiles Mandela’s Inspirational Thoughts and Reflections

    A new book that filters Nelson Mandela’s thoughts into 2,200 quotes on everything from his stint in Robben Island, his presidency, the reconciliation process, and even his grief over the loss of his own son to the ravages of AIDS, was recently released....
  • Sudan Leader Huddles with His ‘True Partner’ in China

    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in China last week – a day late – as part of a tour of countries who refuse to enforce an arrest order against al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. Some of his stops have been...
  • Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Failed GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman’s Remarks Criticizing California’s On-Time Budget

    Meg Whitman has emerged from her $180 million cocoon to criticize the on-time budget that Governor Brown and Democrats produced without any help whatsoever from Republicans in the legislature.  Along with many Californians, we eagerly await to see ...
  • Patriotic Pitch: The Empire of Baseball

    The Baseball Reliquary presents Patriotic Pitch: The Empire of Baseball, a provocative and eye-opening historical look at how the “national pastime” has been used to sell and export the American dream, from July 5-July 30, 2011 at the Pasadena Central...
  • Moved to Heal

    “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick” ~ Mark 4: 31-32 Sometimes I wonder if people understand what true compassion is.  I must admit that I’m cynical.  In my...
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  • Sharpton-West ‘Showdown’ Becomes Dignified Debate

    CHICAGO—The debate about whether President Obama is doing enough for Blacks and the poor should focus on the issues, not on personalities, members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) agreed June 24 during a forum here at their annual...
  • Young Elected Officials Network Gathered at the White House

    Flanked by my colleagues from the Young Elected Officials Network, June 17th marked the first time a group of young elected officials had ever been gathered at the White House.  Earlier the previous week, I was selected as one of a select group of me...
  • Sports Watching & Wondering

    This fiasco, which was caused in large part by Selig incompetence, will have a long-term negative impact on the baseball institution. However, once the dust clears, or even before, Selig should do the honorable thing by resigning. THE WILLIAMS SISTERS - ...
  • Ostracizing Black Leaders Who Criticize Obama

    The Bible is filled with characters who started out on shaky ground – Paul, David and Solomon, among them – before being transformed into epic figures.  But it seems that Black leaders who dare to criticize President Obama don’t get second chan...
  • On Pledging My Allegiance

    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly just finished supper and we were resting in the living room watching the TV news. Actually, my wife was watching the news while I was perusing a book. As far as I am concerned, nothing equals the rela...
  • Faith Worth Finding Ministries With Naum Ware

    Every grown-up is called and gifted by God to lead at some level. The essence of leadership according to the biblical examples is not about possessing a magnetic commanding personality or exceptional skills. It isn’t even about having a position of auth...
  • Seeds from the Sower

    A girl had just finished drawing a picture, when a drop of ink splashed right in the middle of it. “Dad,” she cried, “it’s ruined.” “No,” he said. “Draw a dog around it.” She did, and took it to her teacher. She exclaimed, “That litt...

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