November 2012 Archives

Oprah Winfrey always said she had wanted to be a teacher. She wanted to be the Teacher of the Year, in fact. She pursued a career in journalism instead and went on to become a multi-millionaire media mogul. As a black girl growing up in Chicago, I wanted to be just like Oprah. I had moments in elementary school when I wanted to be a teacher, but I mostly wanted to be a famous writer. Like Oprah I pursued a career in journalism, but choose to concentrate on print media instead of television broadcast. Too many black journalists told me ...


I stumbled across my resume the other day and examined every major place I've worked in the past. I took a moment to reflect on my experience at each school and each journalistic publication. I paused over each university listed, each honor bestowed upon me. I recalled the mountainous triumphs and the deep, dark valleys of despair. At times I was full of fiery optimism and there were phases when I could barely bring myself to get out of the bed. I thought about the loved ones I had lost while working at this job and that, and each child ...


Will all taxpayers in America—rich or struggling—see their taxes go up come January 2, 2013? Will the federal government simultaneously slash its budget across all departments by nearly 10 percent? As Americans are ringing in the New Year, will our government resuscitate an economic recession with its flawed policies? I'm no political pundit, and I'm certainly not an economist, but I think this is the part in the script where Homer Simpson says "D'oh!" Enacting the so-called "fiscal cliff" probably sounded like a good idea to Congress in 2011 to force bickering partisan legislators to take action by...


Did your guy win or lose? Half of the nation is celebrating this day after the presidential election, and the other half is shaking its head in defeat. The next four years look hopeful. The next four years look bleak. I was too tired last night to stay up late waiting for the polling results. So when I got up at 5 a.m. I asked my husband to tell me who won. "Don't tell me ... No, tell me who won—don't tell me. Okay just tell me already!" "Four more years," is all he said. I quickly sat up and...


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