For those of you who may have missed my poetic tribute to my mentor, the late Councilman John Sweet at his memorial service. Find my live performance, here. John Sweet Like Sugar My name is John SWEET, like sugar Not like an Embassy Not like music movements In the same key of life Sweet sugar […]
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Democratic Candidate Alisha Thomas Searcy for Superintendent of Education is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. The Queen of privatization of public education does not deserve the Democratic vote In the African American community, we have a saying: “Every brother ain’t a brother.” So, it is also true that every Democrat is not a Democrat. I […]
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(PARTICULARLY MEN) The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) is at it again raising questions about Stacey Abrams’ support among Black voters, particularly Black men. In the same article, the AJC presents Gov. Kemp as a candidate enjoying a heathy share of the Black vote at about 10 percent. Remember this is the same newspaper that had […]
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(L) Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock Just as my family and I were about to turn off the 94th Academy Awards ceremony televised live on ABC, something happened that should lead to the permanent cancellation of all future shows. Will Smith walked up on stage during the live show and slapped the taste […]
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Delivered by Jabari Simama at the Occasion of the Celebration of Life for C.T. Martin C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center May 15, 2021 Get up off your knees and open your eyes Do you see women sleeping beneath I-20 viaduct? Do you see the young men with whiskey lips on the bench in Doctors’ […]
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The 84-year old long-serving member of the Atlanta City Council transcended this morning to join the ancestors. He was one of my best friends and always extended to me unconditional love. I will write more later about this gift to humanity and giant of a man who always spoke softly. May he RIP.
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In their fight against voter suppression Democrats and progressives should not believe that boycotts hurt low wage workers and small businesses. Do they think we’re stupid? Now we are supposed to stop putting pressure on corporations and businesses that stand idly by and let Republicans roll back hard fought gains on the voter rights front […]
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I am republishing this article from 27-years ago on my friendship with Hank Aaron around our mutual love for the game of tennis. Things got much better for him post 1994 but I still consider him largely under appreciated for what he meant to baseball, civil rights and black entrepreneurship. Fortunately, I last spoke with […]
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As 2020 draws to an end, the 7,000 healthcare workers who died trying to save others from the coronavirus give me hope. Their Eyes Were Watching God It took the coronavirus to show us the face of God in a cruel and often evil world. This certainly is true in the United States where more than […]
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