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The documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” plucked the scabs off of old wounds around the often tortuous fate of Black genius. We cannot rewrite history, but we can do a much better job of surrounding, protecting and nurturing it for future generations.

There are many more people waking up in America today, in light of the Charleston church shooting, feeling anxious and afraid about the safety of Black folks in this country. A gunman’s bullet has reminded us that most of us really are homeless in the world.

Rachel Dolezal probably had no idea that she would become the new face of White Privilege in America, because of making a conscious decision to mislead the public into believing that she is Black. But what exactly is Black (or White), anyway?

Black Music Month is like a second birthday celebration. It is a wonderful reminder of the role that music has played not just in my own development, but as a vehicle for expression and success for my entire family.

How, in a city that can’t find $85 million for education, can we find $500 million for a prison?

Forgive me if I seem a little sassier than usual on the air this week. I’ve been inspired by Dee Rees’ amazing new HBO biopic BESSIE, starring Queen Latifah. It’s time for me to reclaim some of my artsy edge.

FINALLY, after years of being ridiculed for having beer bellies, love handles and man boobs, dads have gained social-media acceptance, and our physical attributes have gone viral. Nineteen-year-old Mackenzie Pearson, a sophomore at Clemson University, has declared that the “Dad Bod” is in vogue.

When Mother’s Day rolls around, the tributes and memories are plentiful for many people. My mother has been gone for more than 30 years, and it gets harder to distinguish the remembrances from the myths.

It is never easy to hear about friends and loved ones passing, but it’s particularly difficult to say goodbye to those who once loved you unequivocally, long before they reached old age.


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