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Spin CycleFrom AP. al Qaida, adjusting to the new political reality in the US, decides that if an African-American is going to be president, then racism is the wave of the future for anti-Americanism: "Al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri is criticizing......
The Swampby Frank James IntelCenter, a counterterrorism organization, has just released a transcript of the latest message from al Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al-Zawahari, in which Zawahiri cites the words of Malcolm X to insult President-elect Barack Obama as.....
The Swampby Frank James Now that Michael Steele has been chosen to be the first black chair of the Republican National Committee, maybe he'll appropriate more of the language of black protesters from a few decades ago for the Grand Old......
Jaleesa Armstrong grew up with the sound of her three older brothers constantly bouncing their basketballs throughout the family's Englewood neighborhood home. The sound — which was different on the living room carpeting; different on the...
You know the shot. Spike Lee has made it his signature visual flourish: the moment when a character (sometimes two, though usually one, isolated in a state of transcendence) appears to be floating through a room or down a sidewalk, reckoning with his or...
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In the volatile world of radio, almost nothing lasts half a century. But a great Chicago radio station — WVON-AM 1690 — has managed the feat: The institution marks its 50th anniversary Monday and celebrates with a concert featuring Toni...
Even by the jaded standards of Illinois politics, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s spending spree with his campaign cash sounds breathtakingly shameless, partly because it sounds so senseless. Back in the early 1980s, his father, the Rev. Jesse L....
If you think that Jesse Jackson Jr.'s mental illness explains away all his bad behavior, you may need treatment for an excessively mushy heart. If you think his mental illness explains absolutely nothing, you are suffering from a heart made of nails....
Last week's column was all about why certain of us (49 percent nationally) continue to identify with the party of individualism and free markets. This week, a related topic: what it will take to increase that 49 percent to 51 percent in 2016. First,...
In 21 years, his name has appeared in the Los Angeles Times on more than 7,000 occasions. Sometimes it's as himself, Rodney King, the victim of now-fabled LAPD abuse the world got to see, the plaintiff in a civil lawsuit, the hapless guy getting stopped...
Can you do a play about an invisible man? About an African-American whom others simply refuse to see? Ralph Ellison, it seems fair to surmise, thought probably not. Not well, anyway. Not something that would do justice to the moment, shortly after the end...
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