Madame Noire Contribution: The Latest

Hello folks. I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to the holidays. Just thought I would let everyone know that I am now a contributing writer for Madame Noire, a lifestyle publication for Black women. My latest piece is a business profile of Shavonne Cooper, a Philly based clothing designer. To read the Q&A session, go here: From Stylist To Fashion Creator: Q&A With Shavonne DeAnn To read my past business profiles, go to the following links: (They were moved from the Atlanta Post) NOVAD Management Consulting CEO Shares Entrepreneurship Essentials Entrepreneur Spotlight: Nadege Fleurimond Enjoy! Marc W....

National Security Bill Threatens American Civil Liberties

While political observers have their focus primarily on the 2012 elections, new bills are in the planning that compromise our way of life. The National Defense Authorization Act is such a bill. New, sweeping provisions in the bill nullify the constitutional rights of every American. Amongst the most concerning features is the part of the bill that calls for indefinite detention for American citizens who carry out or “support” terrorist organizations. The definition of support is so wide, that almost anyone can be accused of providing it for an organization that the government deems is meant to do harm. No...

Review: Our Man In The Dark

“And to think at one time I had the foolish notion of being a public figure. No, thank you, limelight, – the shadows suit me fine.” – John Estem These are the words of ┬áthe main character John Estem, accountant for the Southern Christian Leadership Council in Our Man in the Dark. The debut novel by Rashad Harrison is a fictional story of an overlooked accountant who through his own larceny finds himself working as an informant for the FBI. What he doesn’t know, is that he was being watched closely. It is the story of a man wrestling with...

Bloggers and Journalists: Both Here To Stay

With the world of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, an increasing amount of people have access to publicizing their views online. Bloggers are now part of the media scene along with journalists. Recently, the question was posed if bloggers are journalists, with people coming down on either side. Many people raise the issue of credibility as the main marker of difference between blogger and journalist. This simple divide overlooks the fact that there have been many journalists with credibility issues as well. What about the Judith Millers and Jayson Blairs? Those in the press corp who signed off on...