The Task of the Prophet in the Age of Angst

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The task of the prophet in the time of angst is to caution against revenge. It´s calling friend and foe alike to the numinous-or, simply saying there is another way. Our contemporary age has been shaped by anxiety-inducing events-ecological calamity, fiscal insecurity, and arbitrary terror. Ecological disaster strikes indiscriminately; the international fiscal crisis has engendered collective experience of economic demise; wars of revenge elevate the presence death and despair in…

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Malcolm and Manning

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A review of Dr. Manning Marable´s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention By Herb Boyd   A tragic irony binds Malcolm X and Dr. Manning Marable:  neither lived to enjoy the fruit of their endeavors.   Malcolm was assassinated only months before his autobiography was published and Dr. Marable died a few days before his biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking, 2011), was released. Dr. Marable´s prodigious tome-nearly 600 pages with…

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SCPAC President Obama´s 2011 State of the Union Address

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The Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission Assessment of President Barack Obama´s 2011 State of the Union Address Preface The principal mission of the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission is to continuously monitor and evaluate the policy priorities and legislative proposals of presidential administrations in relationship to the needs, issues, vital interests  and aspirations of people of African descent in the U.S. and globally.  Drawing from policy priorities of various constituencies,…

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