Category: DMN Briefing Columns

“Keeping It Real” Can Go Left, But Is Usually Right

“Keeping It Real” Can Go Left, But Is Usually Right

| April 22, 2017 | Reply

As an avid reader, I have dozens of books from a variety of authors. There are a few classified as ‘unauthorized biographies,’ and one of them is the 1988 best-seller entitled Call Her Miss Ross. Written by J. Randy Taraborelli, Miss Ross examines the childhood and accomplishments of the Supreme Diva herself, Diana Ross, as well as the love affairs […]

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Jamiroquai’s “Automaton,” CD Review/Preview Link

Jamiroquai’s “Automaton,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 12, 2017 | 1 Reply

Imagine an oblong, intergalactic funk-fueled roller rink, tricked out with shiny chrome fixtures, a spinning globe, and a skilled DJ layering eras of funk and pop and soul over trippy, acid-infused beats. In the hands of the unskilled it would be a scattered mess, but for Jamiroquai, it’s their mastered signature style.  For over 20 years, […]

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Bad Ads Earn Companies & Their Products ‘The Business’

Bad Ads Earn Companies & Their Products ‘The Business’

| April 8, 2017 | Reply

My baby brother, Michael, is one of my favorite people on the planet. We’re over a decade apart, age-wise, but he loves his Big Sis LoLo and can be fun to hang out with. Since he’s the only native Texan among us, Michael’s full-fledged Southern roots and love for hip-hop have influenced not only his dialect, but his […]

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Women’s History Month: “Speakers” In The Present, Enriched By The Past

Women’s History Month: “Speakers” In The Present, Enriched By The Past

| March 25, 2017 | Reply

Hidden Figures, the motion picture about three African-American female mathematicians who worked at NASA and became key factors in the success of our nation’s ‘Space Race’ in the 1960s, was an exceptional film that chronicled a trio of unsung heroines. Due to the film’s critical and financial success, two important feats were achieved; publicizing the […]

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The Ties That Bind: How Family Impacts Your Relationships

The Ties That Bind: How Family Impacts Your Relationships

| February 25, 2017 | Reply

Whether you’re single, coupled-up, or walked down the aisle years ago, nearly everyone has heard persistent myths about marriage: “Happy couples never argue.” “Love is all we need.” “I can change him/her.” Then there’s one that has been disproved time and again, yet people think that saying the words to their significant others will make […]

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Love’s In Need Of Love Today: Sweet Sentiments & Hardened Hearts Don’t Mix

Love’s In Need Of Love Today: Sweet Sentiments & Hardened Hearts Don’t Mix

| February 11, 2017 | 1 Reply

Roses, chocolate hearts, teddy bears and cards full of sweet sentiments about love and tenderness. Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, and every retail outlet since January has been awash in reminders at every turn. Darius is a young man now, more consumed with his part-time job, friends and college courses than collecting Valentine cards. His […]

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“……Boy We Hate Your Ways”: A White Reader Wants Unity On Her Terms. Or Else.

“……Boy We Hate Your Ways”: A White Reader Wants Unity On Her Terms. Or Else.

| February 8, 2017 | 1 Reply

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” Alice Walker All respect due to A Tribe Called Quest, I actually heard “We The People” bumping in my head as I read this woman’s letter: ‘Gigi’ (name changed to protect her ig’nance and entitlement) apparently read my article about […]

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The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

| January 28, 2017 | 2 Replies

On Jan. 20, the United States witnessed the inauguration of its 45th President. Many greeted the new administration with joy and celebration, but for others, Saturday held the moment they truly looked forward to. Not because of the back-to-back parties, brunches and formal dances to attend, but for the chance to accomplish what the overwhelming […]

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