Opinion

Opinion articles and newspaper editorials on current events told from a Black perspective.

Recently, I started thinking of pragmatic ways to bridge the gaps of opportunity for Black males. Seeing that this is a free-market-based economy, with everything having value, I looked at it in terms of what our value really is to this country. That led me to wondering how much is invested in us to begin […]

  Usually on The Lookout I share my views on at least five stories concerning Black folks in the media but this week, all anybody is talking about is Donald Sterling — the hopefully soon-to-be former owner of the L.A. Clippers. So, I figured, my column this week had to focus on what we should […]

Some people would call it bitterly ironic that the Supreme Court decided to uphold the state of Michigan’s ban on Affirmative Action just days before hearing Donald Sterlings’ racist, antebellum views on race relations in this country. However, African-Americans and other minorities who experience professional racism on a daily basis would summarize these two happenings […]

  1. Detroit Teen Takes Affirmative Action Talk about not taking no for an answer! High school senior Brooke Kimbrough is literally this week’s poster child for higher education. When the University of Michigan recently rejected her application, did the Detroit native slink quietly off into the night? Heck no! According to the Huffington Post, […]

  1. Don’t Do Depression Alone! This week the media world mourns the death of Karyn Washington, the 22-year-old writer of the popular motivational blog “For Brown Girls.” Brown, who began the blog three years ago aimed at helping women of darker skin complexions to love and accept themselves, is said to have committed suicide […]

  1. Justice for Ramarley Graham: It’s been more than two years since the New York City Police Department broke down the door of unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham’s Bronx home and shot him to death in front of his brother and grandmother. After initially failing to indict the officer who fired the fatal shots, the […]

  1. Playing Games With Our Lives: New York Pastor Raffles Off Assault Rifle You have got to be kidding me! Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction, and unfortunately, people are more callous and clueless than you could ever imagine. On Tuesday, a pastor in the Upstate New York town of Lansingburgh raffled off […]

  1. Stopping Corruption Before it Starts: Miami Dade’s Candidates Academy From sex scandals to fraud, we’ve seen a lot of politicians recently who have abused the power of their office and betrayed the trust of their constituents. Florida has had notoriously bad luck when it comes to its politicians; from corrupt representatives to attacks […]

I’ve spent my entire career as a civil rights activist and anti-violence advocate. I hear from folks all over the country about how fed-up they are—how much they want change—but they don’t know where to start. It’s not enough just to be informed, we’ve got to work tirelessly to do better. With the “The Lookout,” I’ll […]

I’ve spent my entire career as a civil rights activist and anti-violence advocate. I hear from folks all over the country about how fed-up they are—how much they want change—but they don’t know where to start. It’s not enough just to be informed, we’ve got to work tirelessly to do better. With the “The Lookout,” I’ll […]

Last month, a group of students from the UCLA School of Law put together a video to call awareness to the emotional toll placed  on students of color due to their alarmingly low representation within the student body. “I am so tired of being on this campus everyday and having to plead my humanity, essentially, […]

Since the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, the right to vote has seen an increased amount of attacks with one goal in mind – keeping you away from the ballot box. But if 2012 proved anything, we can continue to make history as we fight the forces of suppression. SEE ALSO: Health Disparities Among Black, […]