It's unusual for me to sit back and listen to rapper Will Smith's "Summertime," a hodgepodge of rhymes and phrases about the advent of summer. The intro/chorus goes like this: "Summer, summer, summertime/Time to sit back and unwind."
When I think about summer, I think about the hot blazing sun beaming down on me. And, of course, the unhealthy foods that people tend to eat because cooks at home tend to prepare minute-meals rather than suffer over a hot stove when it's sweltering outside.
by Tarrin McGhee
Special to the Tri-State Defender
The annual observance of Memorial Day serves as a gentle reminder that summer is right around the corner.
During this time of year, adults and children of all ages relish thoughts of long-awaited opportunities to enjoy extended periods of daylight, playtime, rest and relaxation.
In the wake of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., stories appeared in newspapers, on broadcast outlets and on the Internet about "the talk," a candid conversation black parents have at some point with their black sons about surviving in a society that devalues them as humans.
In an April 5 article published in Taki magazine (takimag.com), National Review contributor John Derbyshire wrote, "Yes, talk about the talk is all over." Under the headline, "The Talk: Nonblack Version,"
When you leave the United States, you'll often find "cultural tourism," or the opportunity to enjoy a culture and also purchase trinkets or more substantial items in markets around the world. In Ghana, we look for kente cloth, statues, and masks. In other African countries, the offerings are often similar, but Zimbabwe is known for its marvelous and distinctive Shona sculpture. South African offers Ndebele dolls, among other items. And so it goes.
Nearly one-third of Memphis's population is obese, which earned the city the unflattering rank as the fattest city in the nation, according to a recent report in Newsweek magazine. I'm not surprised by the expanding girth of Memphians considering that "The Bluff City" is deemed the "barbeque capital of the world."
by Kelly Goff
New America Media
That seems to be the topic on everyone's mind as millions of American students head toward graduation this month. And by everyone, I don't mean my classmates, the ones who have scrimped, saved, borrowed and begged to pay for their degrees. I mean the professors, parents and education reporters who just can't stop talking about how bleak the job market is for new graduates.
After President Obama expressed his personal support for same-sex marriage, there has been a robust discussion among African Americans about whether his stance will make African-American voters less likely to support him in November.