On POLLYANNA and Gender

I’m not saying it couldn’t be rewritten and improved upon, but POLLYANNA is *really* quite a story, and character.  The pejorative use of “Pollyanna” as an insult is totally sexist… Captain Kirk was the exact same at age 10.  So was Martin Luther King.  So was George Washington.  If Pollyanna was a boy, everyone would …

THIS NONVIOLENT STUFF’LL GET YOU KILLED, by Charles Cobb

So, this year I read one of the most surprising books I’ve ever read, THIS NONVIOLENT STUFF’LL GET YOU KILLED, by Charles Cobb. I read about it on TheRoot.com and thought it sounded intriguing. In fact, it was less intriguing than totally, completely world changing. This book may have altered my personal destiny; it’s definitely …

Black History Month 2014: EYES ON THE PRIZE

This year, I had intended to read The “Autobiography” of Martin Luther King for Black History Month, however, the winter has really depressed my energy levels and I really balked at the idea of reading a book, as ridiculous as that sounds (well, I did just finish WAR & PEACE; perhaps there’s a relation). I …

I Have A Dream

I really love Martin Luther King; I have been to Washington, D.C. to the Lincoln Memorial where I stood in his footsteps and listened to his I Have A Dream speech; first, I stopped towards the rear of the reflecting pool and listened to the speech from where some of the later-comers would have stood. …

Egyptian Revolution: The World Is Our Country

How can I know the truth about what’s going on in Egypt, and what I ought to think? How can I know the truth of what’s happening anywhere around the world, even here in a city I reside in? I read different takes on what the US should do, what the West needs to do, …