Harlem Book Fair 2011: Afterthoughts

Good evening peoples! I hope you’re cozy up under some nice cool AC right now. It’s been a scorcher today!  So, I braved the heat today to attend the Harlem Book Fair. Luckily, most of the events were inside, (I ain’t crazy) and I was able to listen to a good amount of folks about the direction of Black literature. Yes, I go every year, but there is always something new to learn, and other people to come in contact with. A quick shout out to some members of the Hue-man Book Club that I met up with, and to...

Independence of South Sudan: A New Era for Millions

Sudan is now two countries. As of Saturday,  July 9th, 2011, South Sudan is an independent nation. After years of civil war. Officially recognized by the United Nations, Africa’s newest nation emerges from decades of civil war.  After a highly publicized and longstanding conflict, the result is With the fact of independence a reality after nearly five years, the question is, what now ? How will South Sudan be welcomed into the fold of the international African community? How will the nation rebuild its infrastructure, and relate to the African Union?  So many questions, most of which will be answered...

Debt Ceilings and Deficit Hawks: Is Cutting “Entitlements” The Solution?

A public political fight over fiscal policy has emerged. The federal deficit has taken the priority in the conversation about economic recovery more than unemployment.  In the face of a failed recovery in terms of jobs, this talk of deficit reduction is out of step with what millions of people face. Especially considering the fact that military expenditures will remain untouched.  The House approved more funds towards defense this past week, to the tune of an additional 17 billion dollars next year alone. Now with talks falling through on the weekend about what expenses to scale back, domestic spending is...

A Bittersweet Sendoff: Rice High School Alumni Open House

Even the greatest of institutions are not guaranteed to continue indefinitely. As many of you know from reading this blog, Rice High School is now closed. I attended the Alumni Open House this past Friday, and enjoyed the last moments there. Unfortunately, I was the only one in my graduating class to make it. So I just had to put up something to let everyone else know how it went. I took pictures, visited every floor that was available, and talked to everyone I could about how they felt about everything.  Even in the midst of what was to be...

For Great Justice: Supreme Court Rejects Ban On Violent Games

Good evening folks!  A big decision in favor of supporters of electronic entertainment came down Monday. For those of you who may or may not have heard, the Supreme Court rejected a California state law banning the sale of violent video games to children. This is great news for those concerned about issues of censorship, and a blow to all of the scapegoating politicians who target video games as the cause for social ills. Now perhaps these same pols can focus on things that truly cause violence in society, like lack of opportunities and hopelessness. Now that video games fall...