Understandably, millions of people across the world were elated by the news of Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the death of George Floyd. For almost a year, the world has been painfully anticipating the verdict, hoping for the justice that prevailed on April 20th when Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/us/chauvin-guilty-verdict-sentencing.html


If you are over 35 and have not been hiding under a gigantic rock infested with mold, you are familiar with the term Generation X. The 46 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980. The men and women who were referred to as latchkey kids, slackers, caffeine lovers, grunge, indie, or anything that bordered on the avant-garde in some form or fashion. Oh! Let’s not forget our fascination https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1994/10/27/tony-bennett-sways-the-hip/17aa7a5e-0590-4c00-8ba3-49ce70d2c296/?tid=ss_tw with the smooth, silent generation crooner, Tony Bennett (b. 1926).

We are a generation that has been routinely pegged as cynical, self-indulgent, aimless, contrarian, and often peripheral when it comes to…


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Elwood Watson, Ph.D.

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Publisher: Bordighera Press (Fred Gardaphe), Audible audiobook (August) by Frank Franconeri

The promotional material for Marc DiPaolo’s Fake Italian touts it as a book that reads like something co-written by Lenny Bruce and James Joyce, and that is a fair starting point for a discussion of this prolific academic writer’s first novel. The book is simultaneously epic in scope and feeling and intimate and accessible in tone. …


CNN, PBS, The History Channel, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, and the Washington Post were among the sizable number of media outlets that devoted considerable attention to the centennial of the Tulsa race massacre. The Tulsa race massacre was a racially directed American pogrom that claimed the lives of more than 300 people and annihilated the laboriously amassed wealth of an entire community and that, save for sporadic mentions, had gone largely ignored for 100 years.

From May 31 to June 1, 1921, supporters of local and prominent Tulsa political figures stormed into Tulsa’s Greenwood District, better known to…


The late comedian Flip Wilson, who died in 1998, https://www.nytimes.com/1998/11/27/arts/flip-wilson-outrageous-comic-and-tv-host-dies-at-64.html?smid=tw-share became the first black entertainer to host a successful weekly variety show on network television. The Flip Wilson Show ran from 1970–1974 and Wilson was one of the most innovative comics of his day.


To me, beauty pageants are a matter of choice. The feminist movement was about choice. While I do have issues with child pageants, the fact is that If an adult woman decides to enter a pageant that is fine with me. She is an adult able to make her choice. It is her choice, not yours or mine.


Chaka Khan can sing like nobody's business!!! She is considered the wild child of R& B.


Unless you have been in a deeply comatose state, you have probably noticed the profoundly intense battles that have occurred over the issue of critical race theory. Hell, you can hardly pick up a local, state or national newspaper without seeing references to it. Read a magazine or a blog, listen to podcasts from across the political spectrum, or engage with social media or other similar entities and you’ll note that the topic is largely dominating public discourse.

The truth is, it’s become hard to keep up with the flurry of state bills aimed at banning the teaching of what…


By Tom Pace, Ph.D. and Elwood Watson, Ph.D.

Americans of previous generations, when they were in their 40s and 50s, were often viewed as being in charge, as leaders of government, at the height of their earning power, and largely as setting the agenda for the larger, dominant culture. Contrast this with the Americans currently in their 40s and 50s — Americans of the generation known as Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980). To declare them as leaders or setters of any agenda cannot be further from the truth. Indeed, the broader society, at least at the current moment…

Elwood Watson, Ph.D.

Historian, public speaker, social-cultural critic. Professor of African American and Gender Studies, Post-WWII U.S. History, at East Tennessee State University.

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