And Thoreau Shakes His Head at America


If Henry David Thoreau still believes that “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty,” then he must be awfully disappointed about the current state of America.

Race Relations, Conversations, and the Crap That Needs to Stop

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The world is not just black and white, there’s a myriad of pretty colors making up society. Let’s end the war between races and work to save the only race that matters; the human race.

12 Films about News Journalism to Watch with Your High School or College Kids

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Films can be a great teaching tool. Kip Robisch picks a dozen on journalism.

Why Americans Hate The Political Media


Sam Youngman’s piece in Politico on Washington shows many of the media pathologies that cause Americans to hate their political media and their politics.

New Year to Bring New Network, Narratives for Inspired Black Men

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He’s spent his entire career looking at ways to help people empower themselves, now Trabian Shorters, former Vice President, Communities, Knight Foundation, is launching a cultural play to “make it easier for good brothers to have access to what they need.”

White Men Appear Immune to Stop and Frisk, Not Mass Murders


Despite mass murders committed by suburban white men, it seems to be only inner-city black and brown youth that are the victims of Stop and Frisk.

Philly’s Top Cop in High-Speed Pursuit of Innovation

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The Police Department in Philadelphia is recruiting, but not for the position you think.

The Politics of Place-Making in Philadelphia

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Discussing the idea to “Share Philly™,” BMe Brothers Anton Moore and Isaiah Thomas suggest the Mayor’s Office Establishes a Commission on Parks and Recreations

Outspoken Millennials Go On Air to Tout Movement

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Continuing the celebration of Black Male Achievement Month, BMe brothers join the award-winning Dr.Vibe for a BOLD conversation on “Building New Communities Through Collaboration,” airing LIVE beginning at 2:30pm EST on the Dr. Vibe Show.

My Hometown: Lessons from Suburban and Urban Connecticut


Sameer talks about his childhood in greater Hartford, race, and living in the heart of the shell.

Markham Nolan Explains How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online


Markham Nolan calls himself a “literary mercenary” whose major responsibility is “to sift through news and information to see what’s true and what’s not.”

An Inside Look At the Texas Filibuster

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What does the state of journalism, the state of politics, and the State of Texas tell us about where the world is going?

Her Feet of Clay

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“We all judge people on their looks. Some of us are just more honest about it.” When Andy Bodle puts a woman on a pedestal for her beauty, the results are predictable.

The Psychic and the Drunk

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In the age of Facebook, a casually told tale can live forever. What are the implications of speaking ill of the living?

Cool Deed of the Day: The Chicago Tribune Bought the Boston Globe Lunch (PHOTO)


We all know the Globe had a rough week. The Tribune decided to do something nice about it.

Final Reflections on the Week That Was


Liam Day offers his final thoughts on last week’s terrible events and our responsibility to not just remember them, but to understand them in all their complexity.