Tag: Urban Issues


Difficult Neighbors

The day my mother purchased her first home is still one of the proudest moments of my life.  At the time, I was a freshman in high school.  We had been living in an apartment for almost as long as she and my father had been separated.  It was exciting to know that we were going to be moving to… Read more →


The Meek Mill Boycott

From the moment I first heard “Amen,” I knew that a minister would eventually use the song to organize a boycott against Meek Mill.  That minister turned out to be Rev. Jomo K. Johnson, a pastor of a nondenominational church on Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia.  He is apparently no stranger to controversy having written a book about the connection… Read more →


Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

Unless you were under a rock yesterday, you have probably heard by now that the Supreme Court held up the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare.”  This legislation has been at the forefront of the Republicans’ efforts to discredit just about everything that President Obama has done since being elected.  Detractors claimed that the legislation’s requirement… Read more →


Life Is Short

I was surprised on Friday evening to hear that Yvette Wilson lost her battle with cervical cancer.   Like many people, I remembered her as the popular supporting character Andell from Moesha and The Parkers.  Those were two shows that I watched regularly throughout my adolescence.  It was disturbing to hear that a woman who had such a strong career was in need… Read more →


Meek Mill, Drake, and Chris Brown

Yesterday, I was amused to find out about an altercation that took place between Meek Mill, Drake, and Chris Brown.  Details are still sketchy, but Chris Brown reportedly received a sizable gash on his chin after being hit with a bottle.  Brown later shared a photo of his injury with his fans via Twitter.  Although initial reports had blamed Drake… Read more →


Pastor Marvin Winans Carjacked

J78NFV4UXGHH When I heard the news of Pastor Marvin Winans’ carjacking on last Wednesday in Detroit, I was greatly disturbed.  Reports stated that Winans’ attackers approached him with talk of music before stealing his wallet, Rolex, and luxury SUV meaning that they were aware of his celebrity status.  It’s just troublesome to me that criminals would be bold enough to… Read more →


Successful but Viewed Suspiciously

Years ago, I sat in a budget meeting at the church where I was raised.  The trustees had made us aware that we were in the midst of a budget shortfall due to an overestimation of tithe revenue.  Our projections were a bit high and no one had taken the declining economy into account so it was clear that many… Read more →