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Dr. Boyce: Five Things Black People Learned from Don Cornelius

Dr. Boyce: Five Things Black People Learned from Don Cornelius

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    Like the rest of America, I was distraught over the death of the great Don Cornelius, creator of the legendary show, “Soul Train.”  There will never be another one like him, for he truly changed the black entertainment landscape for all eternity.   I thought about Cornelius for a bit this morning and wanted to share five things that black people can learn from the master of soul:…

Dr. Boyce: Should Black America Expect More from Obama Than Any Other President?

Dr. Boyce: Should Black America Expect More from Obama Than Any Other President?

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    by Dr. Boyce Watkins I’ve heard people say that the expectations on Barack Obama are greater from our community than they have been for any other president.  When someone highlights the fact that black unemployment has actually worsened under the Obama Administration while improving within the white community, the quickest reaction I typically hear is “He’s president of all of America, not just black America,” which appears to…

Dr. Boyce & Yvette Carnell: What if Newt Gingrich Were a Black Man?

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Dr. Boyce: Martin Luther King’s Legacy is Under Attack, Yours Is Too

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Dr. Boyce Video: Would Dr. King Support Obama’s Policies

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Martin L. King Jr. Brotherhood Awards: Ryan Mack

Martin L. King Jr. Brotherhood Awards: Ryan Mack

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    Name: Ryan Mack Age: 32 City of Residence: New York Occupation: Financial Adviser His Work: Mack facilitates economic empowerment and financial literacy through national workshops and programs. His Brotherly Walk With Dr. King: There is a reason I was inspired to create a national 13-city tour called “Less Talk…More Action,” which looks to connect with local organizations that provide services for people in need. There are too many…

Dr. Boyce: 5 Reasons Melissa Harris-Perry Is Perfect for MSNBC

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    by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. Today it was announced that Tulane University Professor Melissa Harris-Perry is going to have a new show on MSNBC.  Melissa is far sharper and more polished than I could ever be, so I knew it was only a matter of time before the network moved her into the fold.  I am admittedly not a fan of Perry, since I took offense…

Dr. Boyce: Has Christianity Become a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card?

Dr. Boyce: Has Christianity Become a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World.     There’s nothing more awkward than to be the one southern black man in the room who says that he’s not quite sure about Christianity.  No one attacks you for asking questions, they just “pray” for you.   Some will talk to you like a mentally-disabled two year old who has never been taught to see the light.  You might even get the…

Dr. Boyce: 5 Questions (Black) People are Asking about the Michael Jordan Engagement

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins After NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan was engaged to long-time girlfriend Yvette Prieto this week, a lot of folks in the black community looked at their computer screens with a crooked neck.  Not that anyone is particularly interested in the personal life of Jordan, but some were trying to make sense out of why this 48-year old super-bachelor from a messy divorce that led to one…

dr boyce watkins discusses financial abortions and changing the child support system

Dr. Boyce: Taxation Without Representation – How the Child Support System Should Be Changed

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Scholarship in Action I was on 1380 WAOK in Atlanta for an interesting interview this morning.  The conversation revolved around child support payments and the “Financial Abortions” concept that my Senior Editor, Kirsten West-Savali, brought to my attention just a couple of months ago.  The conversation expanded to child support in general, and I can say that I am clearly concerned about deadbeat parents who choose not to support…

New Poll Shows Vast Improvement in President Obama’s Approval Rating

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    by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. The most recent Gallup Poll presents information that should be exciting to the Obama Administration.  For the first time since this summer, more Americans approve of the job the president’s doing than disapprove.  According to the poll, 47 percent of Americans say they approve of the way President Obama is doing his job, which is a five percent increase since the…

Dr. Boyce: 5 Things that Must Happen in the Year 2012

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World Every year around this time, I start to reflect on life, sometimes my own. I think about the past, the present and the future. I think about things that could have happened, things that shouldn’t have happened, things that probably will happen and also the stuff that definitely won’t happen. I think about the fact that there are 8,760 hours in a year…

Dr. Boyce and Yvette Carnell: Air Jordan Mania and Black People – Over the Top?

Dr. Boyce and Yvette Carnell: Air Jordan Mania and Black People – Over the Top?

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    Most of you saw the recent insanity over the release of the new Air Jordans.  When black people are lining up around the block to spend money that they dont’ have on shoes that cost $12 to make, is there a point where we have to stop and say “enough is enough?” In a very candid conversation on the topic, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Your Black World…

Dr. Boyce: What I’d Like to Get Black People for Christmas

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Black Like Moi I’m not big on giving gifts at Christmas, Kwanzaa or anything else.  The holiday season has become so distorted that our children now think that Jesus was born at Wal-Mart.  I believe in giving gifts of love and upliftment (which kinda makes my kids hate me sometimes).  So, in this holiday season, I thought I’d give a gift of love to you.  Forgive…

Dr. Boyce: How Black America Has Changed Because of the Obama Presidency | The Boyce Blog

Dr. Boyce: How Black America Has Changed Because of the Obama Presidency | The Boyce Blog

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    by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World Someone forwarded me an email the other day about President Barack Obama. Viral emails about the Obama family have become an industry within themselves, with millions of black folks hanging on every word, event or insult being thrust at the Black American royal family. Will and Jada were once the best we had, and now they have to ride in the…