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Commentary, Pots And Pans, Thanksgiving -

The last time I went to church with my adult daughter Lauren, I sat and watched as the Word touched her spirit and she began to sway in her seat. She is a true believer. Nevertheless, my daughter, who lives and works in nearby North Jersey cities, looks to me, the prodigal, to bless the […]

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Commentary, Idris Elba, Movies, Pots And Pans -

People magazine choosing Idris Elba as its latest “Sexiest Man Alive” came right on time. After all, last year, the magazine selected country singer Blake Shelton (I call him B.S.) as its SMA. That signaled to me that the folks at People had run out of white guys to name its annual Sexiest Man Alive, […]

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Commentary, Pots And Pans, Vote -

“I have only one good quality — overwhelming belief in the brains and hearts of our nation, our state, our town.” — Sinclair Lewis, in his novel Main Street It was 1988: Election Day. I lived and worked in Northern California. It was well after 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 8 on the East Coast, […]

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Commentary, Halloween, Pots And Pans -

“Sport in my opinion has great value, and, as usual, we only see what is its most superficial aspect.” – Leo Tolstoy from Anna Karenina As we lurch toward Halloween, we are a nation divided by the very different things we fear: a nation where some see a grave threat in American women of all […]

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Common, Pots And Pans, Regina Hall, The Hate U Give -

Last week, I saw The Hate U Give in a Manhattan multiplex. Before the movie began, the film’s director came on the screen to thank the audience for supporting the movie. By the movie’s end, I wanted to thank George Tillman Jr. and the cast he directed for the often riveting and thought-provoking movie. Like […]

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Commentary, NBA, Pots And Pans -

It’s always folly for mere mortals to seek to divine the motives of the gods. But it appears one of the sports gods has been trying to tell the Philadelphia 76ers something. For years, the 76ers showed a marked indifference to both winning and their fans. Some called it tanking. And for years, the 76ers […]

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Commentary, HBCU Football, MLB Playoffs, NBA, NFL, Pots And Pans -

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — Novelist L.M. Montgomery I love October. In the Northeast, where I’ve spent most of my life, trees turn into majestic canvases painted red, orange and gold. I love October. Walking through fallen leaves reminds me of ends and beginnings, the hallmarks of […]

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Bill Cosby, Commentary, Pots And Pans -

“Hey, little girl, comb your hair, fix your makeup …” – Jack Jones singing to married women in his Grammy-winning “Wives and Lovers” in 1963 “You Don’t Own Me …” – A teenage Lesley Gore singing her 1963 hit song, which was written and produced by men In the winter of 1963, a day before […]

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Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Pots And Pans -

Brad Stevens, the 41-year-old head coach of the Boston Celtics, puts his players in position to excel. He gives them the confidence to do what needs to be done to win in any game, in any circumstance. He devises strategies that keep his opponents off balance and ill at ease. If you are going to […]

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Commentary, Hurricane Florence, Pots And Pans -

Sometimes my students at John Bartram High in Philly would sing the song from the beginning. Sometimes they’d start the song near the end. And at other times, they’d sing their favorite line from “Rapper’s Delight,” the 1979 Sugar Hill Gang tune that drove me crazy. “You don’t stop.” And they didn’t. Or wouldn’t. Or […]

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Michelle Obama, Pots And Pans, Serena Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish -

My movie over, I stood inside the Manhattan multiplex and looked at a series of pictures from some of Hollywood’s most iconic films, including Casablanca, The Godfather and The Wizard of Oz. As my eyes landed upon each image, lines from the respective films resonated in my head. I smiled. Catchphrases from classic films take […]

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Before the Great Depression, my father and his older brother Sam grew up in a sharecropping family in Georgia. They were among the generation of black men who could sum up their travails by saying the name of the crop they worked. Cotton and tobacco, words spat from their mouths in streams of bitterness and […]

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Jake Fromm, Jalen Hurts, Kelly Bryant, Pots And Pans, Tua Tagovailoa -

As the new college football season kicks off, I imagine a football made of question marks and dollar signs spiraling through the air. As always, the biggest questions surrounding big-time college football involve risk and reward: Is the game too dangerous to play and, if so, what, if anything, can be done about it? Should […]

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Commentary, Omarosa Manigault, Pots And Pans -

Every once in a while, too often really, somebody black does something wrong. And other black people, especially those who appear to live their lives on social media, rush from their glass houses to open stone throwers’ concessions. Usually, my heart goes out to the targets. I want to rush to the town square, rescue […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Jim Brown, John Carlos, Pots And Pans, Tommie Smith -

When Jim Brown ran on the football field, he moved with power, grace and speed. During his career, he rushed for a then career-record 12,312 yards and starred on the Cleveland Browns’ last NFL championship team in 1964, one of eight years he led the NFL in rushing during a nine-year career. But it was […]

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Commentary, James brown, Pots And Pans -

I don’t remember when it started. But I’ll always remember when she called for the end, in writing. As far as I know, only the two of us knew. It went on for months, mainly at school but sometimes on the street or on city buses and subway cars. It wasn’t a love affair. It […]

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Commentary, NFL, Pots And Pans -

As a journalist, I have little patience for people — athletes to team owners, sheriffs to presidents — who seek to bully and disrespect the media. Despite being reviled across the political spectrum, America’s mainstream journalists go where others can’t. We see what others don’t. And we help illuminate a world threatened by darkness and […]

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Major League Baseball, MLB, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Pots And Pans -

She moved as if she were a toddler modeling a new dress. She moved as if she were dodging raindrops. She moved as if she sought to catch snowflakes on her tongue. Instead, the woman with the brown hair and copper skin, the woman I’ll probably never meet, the woman I think of as part […]

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Denzel Washington, Movies, Pots And Pans -

A quick look at today’s headlines or an exhaustive review of world history books would reveal the same conclusion: Anything can be legal. Anything can be illegal. It all depends upon who is in charge of making the laws and interpreting them. But right and wrong is another story. It’s not our newspapers or history […]

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A few days ago, I blasted off for a journey to explore the outer reaches of my imagination and landed at the North Star Cafe, an interstellar sports bar where the sports gods hold their regular meetings. The North Star is a spare and dark place dominated by big-screen TVs displaying games from all over […]

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Commentary, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Music, National Anthem, Pots And Pans, Star Spangled Banner -

I Hear America Singing by WALT WHITMAN: “I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear …” I, Too, by LANGSTON HUGHES: “I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother …” America, from sea to shining sea, knows how to throw a great birthday party: parades and cookouts, sweet tea and chilly brews, fireworks […]

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Commentary, Drake, LeBron James, NBA Awards, Pots And Pans -

For some, NBA seasons begin in late fall and end in late spring. But I believe the new NBA season unofficially begins as soon as the old one ends and TV folks start speculating, often quite wrongly, about where LeBron James, superstar forward for hire, is going to play. James, more respected than loved, stands […]

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Commentary, Juneteenth, Kendall Ellis, Kendrick Lamar, Pots And Pans -

This time of year, black people all over America come together to celebrate Juneteenth: June 19, 1865. That was the day black slaves in Galveston, Texas, were told the Union had held. The South had been beaten. The Civil War had ended. And they were free. In some of my earlier Juneteenth celebrations, a red […]

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Commentary, Joe Louis, Pots And Pans -

On a summer night 80 Junes ago, black Americans drew close to their radios. They listened with great expectations and pounding hearts. No matter where they lived or how, the airwaves had transported them, body and soul, to a boxing ring in New York’s Yankee Stadium. It was just the first round. The 70,000 spectators […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Commentary, Flag Day, Pots And Pans -

“… Nobody living can ever stop me, As I go walking that freedom highway; Nobody living can ever make me turn back This land was made for you and me.” — Woody Guthrie from “This Land Is Your Land” With Memorial Day behind us, Flag Day next week and Independence Day next month, I’m reminded […]

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Commentary, Memorial Day, Pots And Pans -

As we approach the end of the Memorial Day holiday, words from Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God do a mad dance in my head: “This is how the world ends, I think, everything crazy yet people [are] doing normal things.” And so the routines and rituals of late spring in America unfold […]

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Commentary, Pots And Pans -

Even when I was a child in the 1960s, I wasn’t a big fan of what I’ve been calling the “Kumbaya Yada Yada” for the past 20 years. You know, how we all have to learn to live together, as if all the wise men and women don’t always teach and preach that, as if […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Diana Taurasi, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Pots And Pans -

The Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets playoff series begins Monday night in Houston, and it’s a tantalizing matchup: The reigning NBA champ Warriors versus the Rockets, the team with the league’s best regular-season record (65-17), including two wins out of three games against the Warriors, who finished the regular season 58-24. With a starting lineup that […]

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Pots And Pans, Willie Mays -

“The Say Hey Kid” turned 87 on Sunday. If you go by the calendar, Willie Mays is an old man. And, by that same calendar, many of the people who worshipped Mays when they were children are old too. But if you are the baseball fan who measures time by memories and if you were […]

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2018 NFL Draft, NFL, Pots And Pans -

On Saturday, the 2018 NFL draft at AT&T Stadium in Texas ended. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield was home in Austin when the former Oklahoma Sooner’s name was called as the first overall pick of the Cleveland Browns. So it was up to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, picked second overall by the New […]

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DAMN., Kendrick Lamar, Pots And Pans -

When Kendrick Lamar, a 30-year-old rapper, won the Pulitzer Prize for music, it was as if the millennials had followed the baby boomers in having one of their defining philosophers venerated in an unexpected way. In 2016, Bob Dylan, a bard for baby boomers — and, we like to think, for the ages — won […]

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2018 NBA Playoffs, Commentary, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA, Pots And Pans -

Monday is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 71st birthday. But even if Kareem hadn’t been born on this date, I’d think of April as being his month. After all, the 2018 NBA playoffs have just gotten underway, and Kareem played on six NBA championship teams, including five with the Los Angeles Lakers. Besides, this is both Jazz Appreciation […]

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Pots And Pans, The Masters, Tiger Woods -

“This course will test you.” — Tiger Woods speaking after his first round in the 2018 Masters Last week, Tiger Woods began competing in the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. He walked the way he always walked. He smiled the way he always smiled. And he sought to play the way he used to play. […]

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