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The Decadent Veil: Black America’s Wealth Illusion

I write this piece following the ground work laid by W.E.B. Dubois’s Veil of Double Consciousness. The veil he described was a visualization of racial duality. I now undertake the daunting task of clarifying the new veil of economics that has covered…


Outstanding analysis  . . . the other side of the principle of "delusion of inclusion".


"Despite a large section of the 14 million black households drowning in poverty and debt the stories of a few are told as if they represent those of millions, not thousands. It is this new veil of economics that has allowed for a broad swath of America to become not just desensitized to black poverty, but also hypnotized by black celebrity."

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Study Links Discrimination, Blacks’ Risk of Mental Disorders – Higher Education

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The four types of discrimination that the study identified are disrespectful, condescending, character-based, and hostile discrimination. The findings are based on a sample of 4,462 African American and Caribbean Blacks between 18 and 65 years of age.

Though 83 percent of respondents reported experiencing some form of discrimination in the past year, the effects of discrimination worsen on a sort of sliding scale. The more frequently an individual reported experiencing all forms of discrimination, the more likely that individual was to also report mental health issues and other disorders.

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NFL Still Dropping the Ball | George Curry l BlackPressUSA

Now that Goodell has come out of hiding, it is not clear that the NFL is any closer to getting it right, as he keeps putting it, than it was when it dropped the ball in handling Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the league.


George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook

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Writer J. California Cooper Dies at 82

Prolific writer and playwright J. California Cooper has died at the age of 82, a family friend has confirmed to

Cooper passed away peacefully in Seattle, Washington on September 20th, with…


The world of ‘dreamthinkers’ mourn the loss of prolific author, J. California Cooper. One of my favorite authors and from book to book, my BFF.

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OUR COMMON GROUND Voice, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal reflects on the 30th Anniversary of Groundbreaking ‘Cosby Show’

OUR COMMON GROUND Voice, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal reflects on the 30th Anniversary of The Cosby Show


“This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of when The Cosby Show first aired. The sitcom – which focused on the lives of two African American professionals and their five children – was groundbreaking for its consistent depiction of black middle-class life, without any of the stock stereotypes that had largely accompanied previous presentations of black life on television and in film.


Neal writes, " To be clear, no one could ever accuse the Huxtables of being a black family in whiteface, but we also understood that there would be no Malcolm X speeches in between segments. Cosby navigated race much like the first black president, Barack Obama, does – letting the images of black respectability do the heavy lifting. To Cosby’s credit, he was aware of the criticisms of the show’s tepid race politics, launching the spin-off A Different World in the fall of 1987, with daughter Denise at the center."

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“Black Male Feminism: A Dialogue Between Scholars” ll Drs. David Ikard and Tommy Curry

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“Black Male Feminism and Black Liberation”    
A Dialogue Between Scholars

Dr. David E. Ikard and Dr. Tommy J. Curry 

"Black Male Feminism and Black Liberation"    
A Dialogue Between Scholars   

What is a Black male feminist ? How does the theory of Black male feminism inform the practice of Black liberation ? How do Black men perform masculinity ? Is is wrapped in the way in which they understand blackness, and vice versa. Does and can Black male feminism clear the way for men to free themselves from the stranglehold of traditional masculinity ? Does it ignite a path to a more concise Black male leadership to Black liberation ? We attempt to explore these questions this week on OUR COMMON GROUND with a dialogue between scholars, professors and authors Dr. David E. Ikard and Dr. Tommy J. Curry. 

Dr. David Ikard is a professor of African American Literature at UMiami (FL) and the author of Breaking the Silence:Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism (LSU Press), 

Dr. Tommy J. Curry is a professor of Philosophy and critical race theorist who engages in the study of Black people at Texas A&M University. His teaching, research and writing spans various fields of philosophy, jurisprudence, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies.

They both have been guests on OUR COMMON GROUND numerous times. We welcome them back in this important discussion.

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Dr. Vernellia R. Randall Honored by National law conference

Congratulations to OUR COMMON GROUND Voice,  Professor Dr. Vernellia Randall. Dr. Vernellia Randall to be honored for her contribution to the success of the National Black Pre-Law Conference on the celebration of their 10th year of service to our community.

Law professor, Vernellia Ruth Randall was born March 6, 1948 in Gladewater, Texas to Mary Pauline Hall Randall and Ernest Randall. Both parents were associated with Jarvis Christian College. Raised by her father in difficult circumstances in Mule Shoe, Texas, Randall attended the colored school there and graduated from Carver High School in Amarillo in 1966. Receiving an A.A. form Amarillo College, she entered the University of Texas and earned a B.S. from the School of Nursing. Randall obtained an M.S. in nursing from the University of Washington in 1978 and in 1987 her J.D. degree from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. 

Retired now, she has been a professor of nursing and community health at Oregon Health Sciences University and Wright State University as well as a law professor at Northwestern School of Law, Seattle University School of Law and the University of Dayton. She was an associate with the Portland law firm of Bullivant, Houser, Bailey, Pendergrass and Hoffman from 1987 to 1989. In 1994, Randall was an Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Dayton.  She also has been director of the Academic Excellence Program for the University of Dayton, where she planned and implemented academic support services for students and trains teaching assistants.

An OUR COMMON GROUND Voice, we extend her our heartiest congratulations for this honor. 

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POWERViews ll “Slavery by Another Name” ll Listen Learn Radio ll

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Saturday, September 6, 2014      10pm ET

” Slavery By Another Name”

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" Slavery By Another Name”
The Age of Neo-Slavery

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—when a cynical new form of slavery was resurrected from the ashes of the Civil War and re-imposed on hundreds of thousands of African-Americans until the dawn of World War 

Under laws enacted specifically to intimidate blacks, tens of thousands of African Americans were arbitrarily arrested, hit with outrageous fines, and charged for the costs of their own arrests. With no means to pay these ostensible “debts,” prisoners were sold as forced laborers to coal mines, lumber camps, brickyards, railroads, quarries and farm plantations. Thousands of other African Americans were simply seized by southern landowners and compelled into years of involuntary servitude. Government officials leased falsely imprisoned blacks to small-town entrepreneurs, provincial farmers, and dozens of corporations—including U.S. Steel Corp.—looking for cheap and abundant labor. Armies of "free" black men labored without compensation, were repeatedly bought and sold, and were forced through beatings and physical torture to do the bidding of white masters for decades after the official abolition of American slavery.

The neoslavery system exploited legal loopholes and federal policies which discouraged prosecution of whites for continuing to hold black workers against their wills. As it poured millions of dollars into southern government treasuries, the new slavery also became a key instrument in the terrorization of African Americans seeking full participation in the U.S. political system.

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