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Scammed out of Thanksgiving

When I think of Thanksgiving Day, I think of family, gathered around a table that groans with turkey and dressing, green beans and candied yams, mac and cheese or whipped potatoes, and lots of other goodies. I look forward to seeing folks I haven't seen in a while, savor the food and fellowship, bring in the late evening over coffee and pie. Nobody is rushing out to go shopping – most people save that for the Friday after Thanksgiving, often called, Black Friday, because many stores find themselves in the black after the profligate shopping that day.


‘A Black Thanksgiving’ is a ‘Thanksgiving’ for all

Millions of Black American families observed Thanksgiving this week. We have much to be thankful and grateful for. Yet we should also be cognizant of the challenges and struggles that lie ahead in the pathway to future economic empowerment and social sustainability not only in America, but throughout a changing world. This is a time for reflection, self-assessment, self-improvement, and collective development and progress.


Understanding why Republicans lost

In the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, "W-e-l-l, there you go again."

Post-election, the Republicans just can't seem to get their act together. They can't bring themselves to admit that President Obama beat them fair and square.


Spread good cheer with the homeless this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is upon us. But not all people will be in a celebratory mood. If you're homeless, this time of year conjures up pain and despair. You're living on the brink with little assurance, if any at all, that life will begin anew unless there is government or public assistance.


Cornel West: Obama is a ‘Rockefeller Republican in ‘Blackface’

Cornel-west-spks-UofMIn an interview with Amy Goodman of  "Democracy Now," our dear brother, Dr. Cornel West, said that while he's happy that Mitt Romney didn't win the presidential election, our foreign policy is still imperialistic, politicians should be ashamed of spending billions on campaigns while people are living in poverty, and that President Barack Obama is nothing but a "Rockefeller Republican in blackface.


To shop digitally or not

Last year, when my favorite bookstore closed its doors forever, I actually sat in the car and shed a tear. Not as many tears when the record store closed. And I haven't even stepped foot into a brick and mortar travel agency in more than 10 years. But, has anyone noticed that these once stable sources for browsing, longing and dreaming have gone by the wayside?


OPEN LETTER: Students, faculty, alumni of The University of Mississippi

As student leaders of The University of Mississippi, we want to respond to the incidents that occurred on our campus last Tuesday (Nov. 6) night. The hateful, small-minded actions committed by some students are unacceptable and embarrassing; they have tarnished the reputation of the university we love so dearly.


No shortage of pressing issues for Obama

President Barack ObamaEven before he takes the oath of office for a second time, President Barack Obama has a crisis on his hands.

On Jan. 2, 2013, America will begin a long fall off the "fiscal cliff" – unless the White House and Congress can agree on a deal to avert the plunge.


The shifting map of U.S. politics

Washington – The electoral map is changing, and the 2012 presidential election is proof.

While many of the shifts favor the Democrats, some benefit the GOP.


Diabetes pushing toward No. 1 on killer-disease list

November is American Diabetes Month. With nearly 26 million diabetics and 79 million pre-diabetics in the United States, those numbers are sure to quadruple by the year 2030, the World Health Organization predicts.

In my opinion, the problem stems from the lack of intervention by the local, state and federal governments. Make no mistake about it, we are at a crossroad for treating diabetes. But unless our health authorities act sooner rather than later, we might not be able to move beyond the point of no return.


Women and body fat: It’s OK

Ladies, are you becoming frustrated with weight loss? Have you noticed that men tend to lose weight and body fat faster than you? If so, don't get down on yourself. It's actually healthy and perfectly normal for women to have more body fat than men.


A different type of conversation, starting on Nov. 7

The morning after the presidential election is decided, some of us will awaken to heartache while others feel a sense of joy and relief.

That's just the first day of the future: What do we do next?


Inarguable need for sales tax increase

Some issues rise above the day-to-day politics of our city. Surely the opportunity to give every child in Memphis an equal and fair start in life is one of them.

It is why every Memphian should vote to guarantee that our new school district has the funding that it needs to turn the promise of better schools into reality. The good news is that we can make it happen with a very small increase in our sales tax – only five cents on a $50 purchase.