Daily Archive: May 11, 2012

Opinion

War on drugs is a war on Black people

(NNPA)—Contrary to public opinion, White people in the United States account for more arrests for drug use than do people of color. Yet, the widely-held and erroneous belief that 1) most drug crimes are committed by people of color, and 2) most people of color commit drug crimes that result in the disproportionate imprisonment of non-Whites. How did America come to target people of color for so-called “war on drugs?”

Entertainment

‘Dutchman’—When art and reality converge

The more things change the more they stay the same, such is the case with America’s fixation with race and is the reason why a play written in 1964 still packs a wallop almost 40 years later. If there was ever an illusion of a post-racial America, Leroi (now known as Amiri Baraka) Jones’ “Dutchman” serves a time continuum to keep us honest: assimilation, even if it is a Black family living in a White House, will not render race moot. JONATHAN BERRY and TAMI DIXON

Entertainment

‘Death of the Cheating Man’

You almost can’t believe it. It began when your man started staying late after work. Said he had extra projects, but when you called him, he didn’t answer the phone. Then he started disappearing on weekends and taking long showers when he came home. Now you’ve discovered pictures of other women on his phone and mysterious numbers in his address book.

Entertainment

My son met a girl and married her two weeks later

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: My son is not speaking to me. He has completely distanced himself. I have worked for the last 25 years, two jobs to provide for him. His father left me when he was only 2 years old. This is the problem: My son dated and lived with a lady for four years, then last year met a girl and married her two weeks later. She is not a nice person, but if my son is happy, I’m happy. My son is angry because I will not keep her children during the day and not even during nights or weekends. She has four children—the youngest being 9 months old. She had never been married.

DamonCarrBox

Business

Debunking the FICO and credit score myths

If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times. I can buy anything I want as long as I have good credit. There is a common held belief that a FICO score also referred to as credit score is a measure of how well you’ve managed your money over time. The entire world is focused on raising their credit score. If I were a betting man, I would bet that the majority of you reading this article consider a credit report to be your financial report card. Many of you are very protective of your credit report. I’ve had many cases where various clients will hire me as their financial counselor and allow me to review their entire financial profile including investment statements, insurance policies, mortgage documents, household expenses, debts and other financial records. But for one reason or another when I tell them I need to pull a copy of their credit report, they refuse. They asked why do you need my credit report? My other financial advisor never asked for a copy of my credit report.

Sports

OVERTIME

:10 Hey, here’s to one of the best guys you’ll ever want to meet…and one of the fastest! We don’t have enough paper to list all his awards but trust me when I tell you Buddy Alli is still one of the fastest men on the planet. Running in the Senior Division for the past 10 years or so, Buddy has set records all over the world and has set them against some of the world’s all time greatest ­athletes like Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, former NFL Legend. “Buddy”…here’s to you, you’re well deserved just due! And guess what else? You’re now in “The Locker Room”!!!