The last Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative event that I attended this month was a civil rights and sports program hosted by The Ohio State University's College of Education and Human Ecology. Former Buckeye safety Malcolm Jenkins, who retired from the NFL last year after 13 seasons in the league, was the speaker for a fireside chat with the ...Read more
I took some time this week to watch the MSNBC National Day of Racial Healing town hall sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Hosted by MSNBC's Joy Reid and Chris Hayes, the town hall discussion examined the ongoing danger that White supremacist ideology poses to our nation, as well as the challenges many schools have in teaching the truth ...Read more
In my television diversity course that I teach at Ohio State University's Lima campus, one of the first subjects that my students are asked to examine is the cultural ideology of the American Dream. This is the major critical inquiry that is analyzed in the 1992 documentary "Color Adjustment," which serves as the foundation for our scholarly ...Read more
"You may lose a limb, but you never thought you would lose a life." -- Michael Irvin
This quote from Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin was one of the most thought-provoking statements I read while looking at constant news updates on the condition of Buffalo Bills' safety Damar Hamlin. After seeing Hamlin's scary ...Read more
With 2022 nearing its end, I reflected on the words that I wrote this time last year regarding not entering January with the burden of fear. For me, this definitely warrants a review because when looking at the final headlines of December the national news is far from great. We're basically dealing with many of the same anxieties and concerns ...Read more
One traditional Christmas holiday theme that has been imbedded in popular culture is the hope of the season. Classic Christmas films such as "Miracle on 34th Street" and "It's a Wonderful Life" have warmed hearts and brought joy to generations since the late 1940s. More recent movies like "Klaus" and "Jingle Jangle" capture the optimism that ...Read more
With Christmas less than two weeks away, many Americans are unfortunately feeling major stress about the holidays, and some may even be in an Ebenezer Scrooge "Bah! Humbug!" mood as inflation is putting a tight clasp on many people's budgets. I suppose in our time Charles Dickens' Scrooge from "A Christmas Carol" would be even more cantankerous ...Read more
As the college football season has come to an end this year, two stories have grabbed lots of headlines. First, the expansion of the College Football Playoff to 12 teams next season has drawn mixed emotions from fans across the country. An obvious benefit of expansion is that most likely all Power 5 conference champions will make the playoffs if...Read more
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. -- Colossians 3:15
This scripture popped up as one of my verses of the day on BibleGateway.com as we are celebrating the Thanksgiving season. For this time of year, I always expect to see an uplifting verse regarding giving ...Read more
The Emmett Till story was told multiple times this year through two ABC television docuseries, "Let the World See" and "Women of the Movement." It was fitting that a film was finally released on his appalling death last month, especially since President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law on March 29.
The film, simply ...Read more
On Election Day, I was a little more cautious than I have been in recent years while voting. With the growing concerns about the increase in political violence throughout the country, I thought about voting absentee, something I have never done before.
I have always had a nostalgic sentiment about voting in person due to the civil rights ...Read more
The violent brawl that occurred on Oct. 29 in the Big House tunnel after the Michigan State Spartans lost to their in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines, is a troubling and sad reflection on an ugly facet of sporting culture. The most disturbing part of the videos that have surfaced is the footage that captured Spartan teammates swinging their...Read more