| Jul 24, 2013
| 7:47 PM
Willie Louis, a witness to the murder of Emmett Till who testified in court in the case that opened the nation's eyes to the dangerous discrimination facing African Americans in the 1950s, died of intestinal bleeding July 18 at a hospital in a Chicago...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 6:45 AM
The focus may be on race the day after George Zimmerman was acquitted, but in the end, the case could set off more off alarms about the state's power.
About race, civil rights leaders were sending conflicting signals that will have people talking for...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 9:40 AM
ORLANDO — The Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke about Trayvon Martin before appearing at the NAACP national convention here Wednesday morning, faulting the jury that acquitted Martin’s killer for being biased and relying on the state’s “...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Friday's print column The simple story — cops yawn when burly white vigilante stalks and kills unarmed African-American child for the "crime" of walking while black — shocked the conscience of much of the nation a year ago and touched......
| Feb 10, 2013
| 4:33 PM
With Black History Month moving into full swing, photos of the same five black activists are plastered on the news, posters and flyers. The same line from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” is repeated over and over...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 10:00 PM
In the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Leimert Park, protesters were determined to have a peaceful rally on Tuesday night — and they appeared to be keeping it that way.
By 9 p.m., the atmosphere was entirely different than the end of Monday's...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 2:47 PM
"No justice, no peace" chants the telegenic mob. In a civilized society, however, where the mob doesn't rule, justice is defined by the verdict that follows a fair trial. It's the best that humans can do.
And in the case of George Zimmerman, we have a...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 3:01 PM
It was a lot to suggest –- that Newtown parents voluntarily show the gruesome pictures of their slaughtered children.
But several weeks after Newtown, I suggested it as one way to ensure that the Newtown killings made an indelible mark on the...
| May 23, 2013
| 3:38 PM
Mamie Till did the unspeakable almost 60 years ago. She opened the casket at her son Emmett's funeral so the world could see how this 14-year-old was shot, bludgeoned, mutilated and then drowned in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River with a cotton gin fan...
| May 16, 2013
| 11:39 AM
Someone alert the paparazzi: Kanye West is not a celebrity, and you guys can pack up and go home. Nothing to see here.
That was the intended takeaway, at least, from another classic-Kanye monologue during West's set Thursday night at the Roseland...
| May 10, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Corporations are quick to recruit rappers to sell their soft drinks, shoes and smartphones — but the moment there's a whiff of controversy, they are just as quick to cut them loose.
The latest example is PepsiCo and Lil Wayne. Last week, the...
| May 2, 2013
| 7:09 AM
Kanye West took to Twitter on Thursday morning for a major announcement: "June Eighteen."
And that's it -- no context, no explanation, no additional clues as to what that date might bring.
Is it the release date for his new album, which Pop & Hiss...