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Eric Holder: A brother worth remembering

May 1, 2015

Listening to the television news coverage of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent soulful retirement speech caused me to wish for an earlier era. The sight of a proud black man unafraid for six years to challenge the very essence of the American racial nightmare summoned up images of long ago leaders whose courage we…

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Kenney’s black “Northwest Five” supporters have inflamed the race for mayor

April 10, 2015

It’s ON now! Gone are the polite, velvet-gloved tit-for-tat exchanges from genteel opponents. Now that a group of lawmakers from the city’s Northwest section announced their decision to endorse former City Councilman Jim Kenney in his quest to become Mayor of Philadelphia at a press conference held at the Relish restaurant on Monday, the battlefield…

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Selma to Iran… from triumph to tragedy in a flash

March 13, 2015

ABOVE PHOTO: toonsyle.com / shutterstock By J. Whyatt Mondesire Why does it keep happening? Just when most of us are feeling good about President Barack Obama and the way he can command the field when he puts his mind to it, oops…something interrupts his message and he is made to look a lot less presidential…

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TV’s “Empire”… video cocaine for millions of fans

March 7, 2015

ABOVE PHOTO:  The cast of Fox-TV superhit drama “Empire.” By J. Whyatt Mondesire Doped.     Stoned. Pickled.     Zonked. Choose from the adjectives above, as all of them describe me and thousands of other fans of “Empire,”which debuted on FOX-TV in January and instantly morphed into a new form of “video cocaine.” A…

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2015 Mayoral campaign: definitely a cut-rate affair so far

February 7, 2015

By J. Whyatt Mondesire The first numbers are in for the upcoming municipal elections and already things are looking poorly. No…I’m not talking about voter turnout rates or name recognition percentages from assorted focus groups. After all, the first nominating petitions can’t go out for just under two weeks yet. This time, I’m focused on…

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What happens next?

December 5, 2014

By J. Whyatt Mondesire Think of the decision by a St. Louis County Grand Jury not to indict former Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson as a 21st century Emmett Till moment. For the thousands of Millennials who were too busy Facebooking, Tweeting and exchanging “selfies” to appreciate that thing we old-heads call the Civil…

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Hope and change need more than just polite talk

November 9, 2014

By J. Whyatt Mondesire Cynicism and disillusionment trumped hope and change in last Tuesday’s midterm elections; not because Republicans promised to produce a better America but rather because they promoted an America with a smaller, weaker version of President Barack Obama. In spite of some pretty decent statistics showing a rising stock market, lower gas…

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Send a black woman to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

October 31, 2014

Now that the hideously overblown shenanigans over who sent whom porno e-mails via state-sponsored computers have checkmated a state Supreme Court justice, it’s time to start thinking about his replacement. After all, the next Primary Election will be held in just seven months. Moreover, with the abrupt retirement of former Justice Seamus McCaffery the state’s…

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The time to tell Tom Wolf what we want and when we want it is NOW!

October 25, 2014

Well, since it’s less than two weeks before the seemingly inevitability of Tom Wolf’s election as our next governor, it’s probably smart to begin envisioning what his administration will look like and what its priorities will be. Even as the race tightened in its closing days, Wolf’s early double-digit lead in the polls over Gov….

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Democrat Wolf–stealth candidate of 2014

October 10, 2014

Almost 30 years ago when I was Chief of Staff for then Congressman Bill Gray I was dispatched during my off-the-clock hours to work for the Democrat running for District Attorney, Judge Robert Williams, a diminutive, nattily dressed, up-tempo man who had been endorsed by the party to be the first African American District Attorney. …

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