Polite Society Poll: Crisis in Ivory Coast

There is an ongoing political crisis in Ivory Coast. Yet, in comparison with other international stories, coverage has been spotty. Some surmise that this is so because Cote D’Ivore is in the “wrong” part of Africa. Do you feel like this crisis is not being covered as much? Voice your opinion. -Marc W. Polite P.S. If there is anybody on my subscribers list from the Ivory Coast, I would love to speak to you about this ongoing situation.  

Keepers of The Dream Awards: Impressions

Good evening folks!  As many people who follow political events know, President Obama is running for re-election in 2012. This was officially announced Monday, and he is making the preliminary rounds in the African American community to shore up his strongest base of support. Today, the National Action Network held the first day of  their convention, commemorating 20 years of this civil rights organization existing. The Keeper of The Dream Awards Dinner, followed the address that President Obama would make to NAN. First off, I am surprised I even got in.  I surmise my reputation and press credentials are growing....

R.I.P. Manning Marable

Scholar and Columbia Professor Manning Marable passed yesterday. With a new book about Malcolm X coming, this is such a shock.  To me, he was one of the three major Black intellectuals who reached out of the field of academia to bring knowledge to the people. Of course, those in the know realize that those other two are Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson. I spent last night actually looking at some of the books I have from him on my shelf.  Most know about his masterpiece, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, but I also encourage you to look up...

Amassing Knowledge vs. Building Community: The Expanded Possibilities in the Digital Age

This article was originally posted at: Writer’s Vibe Social media is a term that is often thrown around when people talk about the various sites and services available to them online. In the digital age we now find ourselves in, the way in which people go about gathering information has changed. Gone are the days where you have to read dozens of print newspapers and magazines to get a full sense of the available knowledge out there. The gathering of info used to be a solitary exercise; one that required an individual to dig and dig in isolation. To an...