Rogers Editorial Cartoon

5 lessons Obama can learn from ‘the first black president’

President Obama will meet with former President Clinton this week for reasons that go beyond the mounting furor and looming Congressional stalemate over the tax cut deal he brokered with the GOP. Clinton’s presidency by many measures was a success, and much of that success was due to the fact that he faced the same kind of crisis, push back and outright warfare from the GOP that Obama faces. But he still has a record full of legislative victories. There are invaluable lessons to be learned from how he accomplished that feat.

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Why Biracial Means Black

When Halle Berry scored her milestone Oscar win in 2002, nobody was screaming from the mountaintops that the first biracial woman had won the Academy Award for best actress. It’s not too often that you hear someone calling Barack Obama the country’s first biracial president. And although I know people who are biracial and multiracial who primarily refer to themselves as such, I’ve also heard most of them refer to themselves as black.

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$12 Christmas

When you have children, you never think it’s possible to forget about Christmas, but one year, I almost did. It was a few months after the final split with my husband. We had had a few trial break ups but this one nailed the coffin shut. I was sort of numb and had buried myself in work. Being busy was a great distraction from my constant pain. The days on the calendar blurred together. That year the middle of December came and went and so did my mid month paycheck. I must have heard a Christmas song and it snapped me back into reality “Oh my God, what day is it?” I screamed. The calendar seemed to scream back December 23rd. Tears stung my eyes.

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Are You Ready To Go Natural?

Recently, I’ve noticed an explosion in black women opting to ‘go natural’. And by going natural, they mean no longer utilizing chemicals to relax the natural curl pattern out of their hair. But my definition of ‘going natural’ is a little more rigid. It means no chemicals, flat irons or any other method of straightening the hair. I know my definition is more stanch than others, but how can you truly call your hair au naturale if you still have a hankering to look like Farrah Fawcett?

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Aretha Franklin has always been a soul survivor

Aretha Franklin is a soul survivor.

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Clemson, USC start tune-ups for New Year’s Eve bowl outings

Clemson and South Carolina (USC), nearing three weeks since closing out play in regular season completion, will soon be engaged in postseason action, in respective bowls, on the last day of year 2010.

 

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Panthers experience another dreadful day in competition versus Falcons

CHARLOTTE-What had some promise to be a rock-um, sock-um affair between National Football Conference (NFC) South Division and I-85 rivals Atlanta and Carolina quickly evolved into just another dreadful day in competition for the host Carolina Panthers, by the time the first 30 minutes of action was history Sun. (Dec. 12).

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This Week in History

Rosa Parks’ Journey didn’t begin on the bus

Fifty-five years ago, the boycott of segregated public buses in Montgomery, Alabama began, spurred by Rosa Parks’s refusal to move to the back of a segregated Alabama bus. Her defiance of Jim Crow launched a movement that continues to change the world. What spurred this supposedly solitary and spontaneous act of rebellion? According to popular myth and many textbooks, her tired feet kicked off the civil rights movement.

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