September 23, 2020

        Kamala Harris first received national attention when Peter Byrne wrote a 2003 profile piece on her, entitled Kamala’s Karma, which documented her career up to that point. She had been seeing success in the then-ongoing election for San Francisco District Attorn...

July 30, 2020

What I hope to accomplish in this work is to build a roadmap of not just philosophy, but behavior based in actions that will slowly turn our individual and collective heads toward something more civilized.  Something more aspirationally American.  In many respects, we...

July 20, 2020

“Am I then more of an American than those who drew their first breath on American ground?”

                                                                                    - Alexander Hamilton, 1795...

June 20, 2020

We are, right now, in the midst of the largest moment of social clarity that we have experienced in almost two generations.  It is hard. It will ask a great deal of everyone.

I take exception with anyone who thinks it is good.  If you think that all the pain and destruc...

June 1, 2020

The last few weeks of media coverage, for as tragic as it has been, offer a clear line from thought to action when it comes to the grim reality that Black people have suffered through for far too long in this country. I want to start and end with as much compassion tha...

May 28, 2020

I do not consider myself an expert in much of anything; not even myself.  Were that so, I believe that I would already own an island somewhere and be the benevolent despot of my own utopian state.  I do not consider myself an academic.  Though I hold a deep and abiding...

May 4, 2020

I have traveled across this country more times than I can remember. Hopping ocean to ocean and so many places in the between.  As a performer of my own work and even when I am performing for others.  I am almost never doing it where I live.  Flying and driving distance...

April 14, 2020

Believe it or not, at a certain point, every empire ends. Never because it wants to, but because it cannot see beyond itself. It does not know how to identify and address its blind spots. It believes it is the master of all things not in its control. They could not hea...

April 3, 2019

 

First published at Campus Activities Programming® - March/April 2019 Issue. 

In the shadow of the (deserved) backlash against Green Book's Oscar win, a new documentary premiered on the Smithsonian Channel that depicts a more accurate, beautiful, and terrible history of Victor Hugo Green’s Green Book. Filmmaker and CUNY professor Yoruba Richen a...

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