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Remember that line in New Jack City? “This ain’t personal; this is business.” And at the end of the movie, Ice Tea told Wesley Snipes, “This is personal,” as he proceeded to beat Snipes down for killing his mother. Well, this article is both personal and business. It is a call to the Alphas, Omegas, […]



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“Well done beats well said every time.” “When it’s all said and done, much is said and little is done.” There are many Black folks who can tell us what “we need to do” in the context of economic empowerment and other issues that matter. They have all the answers, but too often deal with […]



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During their recent chit-chat with President Donald Trump, the Congressional Black Caucus members made it plain that they were not there simply for a photo-op or just to engage in meaningless conversation. So, they had a serious discussion about what Black folks need Trump to do in several areas, i.e. education, criminal justice, economics, workforce, […]



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Nationalism: “A desire by a large group of people (such as people who share the same culture, history, language, etc.) to form a separate and independent nation of their own; a sense of national consciousness.” Practical: “Of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action; not theoretical or ideal; disposed to action as opposed to […]



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Our greatest challenge as a people is to love and value ourselves. Self-love is the key and necessary factor for loving others and being willing to work with them, share with them, and trust them. We fall short on self-love in that we help, support, and advocate for others over ourselves. We trust others more […]



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“Do you ask what we can do? Unite and build a store of your own. Do you ask where is the money? We have spent more than enough for nonsense.” Maria Stewart “When it comes to success the choice is simple. You can either stand up and be counted or lie down and be counted […]



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March 2017 marks the 24th year this column has appeared in Black newspapers and periodicals across the nation and in other countries as well. It’s time for reflection. It’s time to assess, to evaluate, and decide whether to continue writing the column or bring it to an end. First, I want to sincerely thank all […]



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This will end my four-part series on “Making Black History.” Although there are many things we can do to make our own history, I have offered four so that next year we can celebrate what we did in addition to only celebrating what others did to make history. These offerings are quite simple and easy […]



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“Production minus sales equals scrap.” A good friend of mine, Mitch Melson, made the above statement when we worked at Special Market Services in Chicago during the mid-1980’s. It is so appropriate as we continue our four-part series on how to make Black history in addition to just celebrating it. During that same period the […]



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