Sense and Respectability

This year started off on a bit of a rough note for me, with the news of James Avery's passing. The role he played so masterfully and would be known best for was that of Judge Phillip Banks, affectionately known by most as "Uncle Phil." A powerful, authoritative figure that also showed great love to …

Why I am Cynical on Matters of Race

The calm, dinner table scene in 1998's American History X still haunts me to this day, even more than the scene in which Edward Norton's character, the brutal skinhead Derek Vinyard, curb-stomps one of the Black men that tried to break into his truck. The calm, smooth manner in which Derek's father, a cop bitter about how …

The Farce of Being “Above the Fray”

Joe Williams still can't get a job. With thirty-plus years of reporting experience, and a resume that includes The Boston Globe, Richmond Times-Dispatch; The Miami Herald, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and ultimately a three-year stint at Politico, his career in journalism came to a rather abrupt, untimely end last year after giving clear insight as to who the defeated Republican candidate …