Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dr. Boyce: Melissa, Al and I Finally Have Our Showdown

 

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Fox News says that Obama is “Chugging 40s in Ireland”

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The President’s Full Remarks about the Missouri Tornadoes

Good morning, everybody. Before the day starts here in England I wanted to say a few words about the devastating storms that we've seen in Missouri and Minnesota and across the Midwest.

Like all Americans, we have been monitoring what's been taking place very closely and have been heartbroken by the images that we've seen in Joplin, Missouri, in particular. The devastation is comparable and may end up exceeding some of the devastation that we saw in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, just a few weeks ago.

President Obama Reaches Back to His Irish Roots

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Monday, May 23, 2011

The peculiar candidacy of Mr. Herman Cain. How it could reshape black America

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Dr. Boyce, Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry Faceoff on the Radio

 

Dr. Boyce Watkins and Melissa Harris-Perry faceoff today at 1:15 pm EST regarding Watkins’ concern about Harris-Perry’s attacks on Professor Cornel West.

Al Sharpton Featured on 60 Minutes – Video

The CBS show, 60 Minutes, had a lot to say about Rev. Al Sharpton.  It’s an interesting segment about his life, his politics, and how he has changed over the years.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Obsession with Cornel West: Is She Not Telling Us Something?

Dr. Boyce Watkins speculates on why Melissa Harris-Perry has attacked Cornel West without utilizing the facts.  Could the two former Princeton colleagues have a past that Harris-Perry hasn’t mentioned?

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Why are Black People Afraid to Speak Up About Washington and Obama?

Quick note from Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World 

 

After posting the piece by Dr. Wilmer Leon, a Political Scientist and objective Obama observer, stating that African Americans are jeopardizing our Democratic freedoms by squashing all voices of dissent as it pertains to President Obama, I received this interesting comment from one of my Facebook friends.

His name has been removed, but perhaps there is some logic to what he’s saying.  He also appears to be neutral in the Obama conversation, which makes his point even more relevant.   His simple, yet poignant statement was something I felt compelled to share with others:

Maybe I can add some insight as to why many Blacks are reluctant to criticize Obama. I think that many of us feel that he is under constant UNFAIR criticism and are afraid that even fair criticism will be seen as just piling on. We can be compared to a mother who is over protective of her child because the father abuses him. She feels that her child should have someone who accepts him unconditionally. As a result she may spoil the child. It's not right , but it happens. That's how some view Obama. We see people hoping that he will fail. We see people asking for birth certificates, accusing him of being against America, wanting everything he does to go down in flames, etc. So some of us seem willing to 'overlook" his faults. It's not right , but it happens.

 

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

When Did It Become Illegal to Critique the Obama Administration?

Dr. Wilmer Leon explains how Democracy is in danger if we shut down the voices of dissent in America.

 

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Kevin Gosztola: Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sloppy and Weak Attacks on Dr. Cornel West

This guy takes Melissa Harris-Perry to the ground, saying that she avoids the hard questions in her personal attack on Cornel West.

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Cornel West Speaks for Poor, Black, Brown and Working Class on MSNBC

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Republicans

It looks like the Republicans don’t even like the rapper Common.  How much for docile can a rapper get?

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Hearing it from the Man Who Knew Osama bin Laden

Dr. Wilmer Leon speaks with the journalist who knew Osama bin Laden well.

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Duchess Harris: Why Shirley Sherrod Should Be President

A scholar, Duchess Harris, explains the dynamics of race in America with an exciting new book.

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Predominantly Black Memphis High School Earns a Visit From President Obama

President Obama is rewarding a Memphis high school that has really turned itself around.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Dr. Boyce and Rev. Al Sharpton discuss Black Unemployment and the Onslow Ross Prosecution

 

 

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Why Would Osama bin Laden Try to Recruit Black People?

Dr. Wilmer Leon and Dr. Boyce Watkins discuss the allegation that Osama bin Laden once tried to recruit disgruntled blacks to be part of his revolution.

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Who Do We Blame for the Black Unemployment Crisis: The White House or Congress?

A lot of politicians do a whole lot of talking, but who should be held accountable on the black unemployment crisis?

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Is the White House Telling the Truth about bin Laden?

 

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Dr. Boyce: Why I Think the Government is Probably Lying to Me.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Herman Cain Has a Big Announcement To Make

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Huffington Post: Black Unemployment and the Great Black Disconnect for Obama


Dr. Boyce Watkins

Dr. Boyce Watkins

Professor, Syracuse University

Posted: 05/ 8/11 03:51 PM ET

 

President Obama has a problem, a very serious one. The president's problem is what I would call "The Great Black Disconnect." This divide is the place where black America's love and appreciation for the Obamas disconnects from the intense economic suffering of the African American community. Like a festering and infected wound that remains untreated, President Obama's support within the black community is threatened by the fact that the people who love him most are suffering unlike anything our nation has seen over the last 50 years.

This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its unemployment numbers for the month of April. The figures were consistent with the jobless recovery that has taken good care of Wall Street, but created homelessness on Main Street. The national unemployment rate grew from 8.8 percent to 9 percent, which will surely perpetuate President Obama's somber ratings on economic performance.

 

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

What Your Probably Don’t Know about bin Laden, Pakistan and US Foreign Policy

With the killing of Osama bin Laden, Americans remain woefully ignorant of what our government does overseas in the name of the United States. 

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Osama Planned to Use Disgruntled Blacks to Attack the United States

Reports say that Osama bin Laden planned to recruit disgruntled blacks to engage in widespread attacks on the United States.

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Black Unemployment Keeps Going Up…..and Up….and Up

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld.com 

President Obama has a problem, a very serious one.  The president’s problem is what I would call “The Great Black Disconnect.”

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Roland Martin Apologizes for Donald Trump’s Behavior

CNN’s Roland Martin had some interesting things to say about "The Donald” – Click to read.

Why Won’t Obama Release the bin Laden Death Photos?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World 

Here, I speak with Nida Khan, a highly-respected journalist with The Huffington Post, Kiss-FM in New York and the Rev. Al Sharpton National Radio show.

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Giving Bush Credit for Bin Laden Means Giving Him Credit for EVERYTHING

by Dr. Wilmer Leon 

After releasing the long form of his birth certificate President Obama said, “We’ve got some enormous challenges out there… We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”

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It’s Been Confirmed by Al-Qaeda: Osama bin Laden is Dead

Yes, it’s finally been confirmed:  Osama bin Laden is dead.  Al-Qaeda has released a statement stating that its leader is now deceased.  Click to read more.

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“Birthers” Replaced by “Deathers”: Don’t Believe Bin Laden is Really Dead

by Brook Griffin, Your Black World 

Last week, when President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate, he silenced many of the critics, birthers, who didn’t believe that he was born in the United States.  Now, the birth certificate controversy has been replaced by another one:  whether or not Osama Bin Laden is actually dead.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

The White House’s Progress on Civil Rights: Laying Out Some Facts

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld.comScholarship in Action 

Below is a direct cut and paste of the White House’s most recent work on Civil Rights.  I obtained the information from this link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/civil-rights.  I was inspired to visit the page after receiving an email from Michael Blake, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement (he was on the panel with myself, Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous at the Measuring the Movement forum this year in New York City).  They are working hard to get African Americans enthusiastic about the 2012 elections and Blake is the man on the job.

President Obama Heads to Ground Zero

 

Washington (CNN) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will visit New York's ground zero Thursday, days after a nighttime raid in Pakistan led to the death of the terror leader behind the attacks that toppled the twin towers.

Obama's visit will include a wreath-laying ceremony, the White House said. He does not plan to deliver a speech.

Study: Minorities Still Locked Out of Most Institutions

   Taking command: President Obama talks with members of the national security team in the White House situtation room following the conclusion of the mission

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld.com, Scholarship in Action 

I took a look at an ABC News picture of President Barack Obama sitting in a Situation Room with lead advisers watching the assassination of Obama bin Laden.  Everyone had a tense look on their face, as 10 years of hard work suddenly came down to the wire.  I couldn’t help but notice, as I scanned all the faces across the room, that there were only two women present (Hillary Clinton and another woman in the back), and one bi-racial black man (President Obama).  Every other person in the room was a white male. 

What startles me the most is that millions of other Americans can look at this picture and see absolutely nothing wrong with it.  The “white guy’s club” has always been the status quo in leadership positions.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders: Thank You For All You’ve Done

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Obama Refuses to Release Bin Laden Photos

Bin Laden's theology a radical break with traditional Islam

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama has decided not to release photos of Osama bin Laden's body as evidence of his death, an administration official briefed by the White House told CNN Wednesday.

The decision settles the debate over whether to release the images, though Obama's choice is sure to garner criticism.

Earlier, two top senators involved in national security said the photos of bin Laden's corpse should be released.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, who chairs the Armed Services Committee -- and who has not seen the photos -- said the United States should wait to allow the emotions of people around the world who may be sympathetic to bin Laden to cool down.

"I'd let a little time pass so we that we don't play into the hands of people who want to retaliate with what obviously will be a sensational picture. I would not want to feed that sensation so I'd wait days or weeks," he said.

 

 

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Michelle Obama Doing the Dougie and the Running Man all in the Name of Fitness

 

Michelle Obama danced with students at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington on Tuesday afternoon.

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Notice how Michelle Obama purses her lips as she does all the latest dances in the name of fitness.  Yes, it appears that she is a black woman.

 

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President Obama’s Approval Rating Jumps 11 Percent

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldScholarship in Action 

Life is good in the White House this week, as a recent CBS/New York Times poll shows that President Obama’s approval rating jumped a startling 11 points this month. As of this week, 57 percent of Americans say they approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, a stark increase from the 46 percent number just one month ago.

The White House Can’t Get It’s Story Straight on Bin Laden

 

John CookWhen you're dealing with the assassination of the world's most-wanted criminal, you might want to actually know what you're talking about. In the space of 36 hours, the official story on what happened to Osama bin Laden has gone from "he went down guns blazing and taking hostages" to "basically we shot him."

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How Does Capturing Bin Laden Impact the Obama Presidency? Dr. Wilmer Leon and Dr. Boyce Watkins Discuss

Dr. Boyce Watkins,  YourBlackWorld.comScholarship in Action

I spoke to noted political scientist, Dr. Wilmer Leon from Howard University about the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden and what this means for the Obama Presidency.

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