THIS IS AMERICA

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I recently learned that one of my brothers got arrested a few years ago. He was driving around the streets of Little Rock, Arkansas, and BOOM! the “Blue Light Special.” Since he was driving his friend’s flashy luxury car, he assumed that was the reason for the stop. It wasn’t…

POLITICS

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As you probably know by now, last month, former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole passed away. While I disagreed with him politically, Dole was a legendary political figure and one of the last old-school Republicans alive. …

Bond villain Auric Goldfinger outlines his plot to contaminate the US gold reserve. Photo credit…

In every James Bond film, there comes a moment when the criminal mastermind has the irresistible urge to reveal the details of their evil plot. The desire is so overwhelming the villain can’t resist letting the cat out of the bag.

For example, in the 1964 film Goldfinger, Bond stumbles…

POLITICS

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I’ve watched It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas season for as far back as I can remember. I’ve seen it so many times I can almost recite every line. I’ll probably watch it again sometime over the next couple of weeks. What I didn’t realize until recently was the film’s…

POLITICS

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Irecently had the opportunity to chat with Egberto Willies, host of Politics Done Right, his progressive YouTube channel. We discussed a lot — how corporate America focuses on shareholders instead of stakeholders, my former life as a program trader on Wall Street, and why in my view, President Biden can…

LIFE IS STRANGE

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Long before superheroes transitioned to the big screen, I was a huge comic book nerd. My comic book habit was so out of control that whenever my mom sent me to the grocery store, I’d steal her change to feed my habit. Since I’m a boomer, when I was a…

POLITICS

A few years before the Trump era, I found myself drinking a beer and watching television with an older male relative who happens to be white. Everyone else was gone shopping, so it was just the two of us. We’ve always had a cordial relationship, so we engaged in the…

RACE

This illustration of the 1898 Wilmington massacre typifies how publications of the time promoted misleading…

When I researched an article on the Wilmington Coup of 1898 earlier this year, several things struck me about this little-known historical event. As I delved into the motivations for the attack on the Port City, I was stunned, not only by its diabolical efficiency but also by the plot’s…

Economy

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During his days as a US Senator, President Lyndon Johnson told a story of an unemployed schoolteacher’s job interview with a school board in Depression-era Texas. At one point during the meeting, a rancher on the school board asked the teacher the following question: “How do you teach it? Is…

POLITICS

Christian leaders lay hands on and pray for Donald Trump ahead of the first impeachment…

A while back, I wrote about how in the late 1970s, I spent a summer working for my cousin’s auto dealership just outside of Huntsville, Alabama. Aside from a few months living within an hour’s drive of the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan, there was something else I remember…

Marlon Weems

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