The prospect of the first black president to take the oath of office on Lincoln’s bible brought to mind a broad range of memories in our long struggle for civil rights: examples of outright bigotry, of courageous actions, of stereotypes, zealotry, redemption and exhilaration.
What follows is a collection of incidents in this unfinished struggle to “overcome” and fulfill King’s dream for America.
Normally, Jam Bands make us cringe here at the SoHo Journal. The length of the songs, the bad dancing, the patchouli. No thanks. Therefore, jam bands comprised of young white dudes earnestly trying to play traditional African music should make us cringe really, reallyhard. Like, “Ow, the muscles in my neck are starting to hurt” hard.
Andy Christie hosts the Liar Show, a night of storytelling and interrogation at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Four writers and comics take the stage to tell personal stories that will make you laugh, cry, and (hopefully) think—but pay attention, because only three of them are telling the truth. One of them is a big ol’ lying liar who lies a lot.
Rick Warren: Better than the average pro-life, creationist, homophobic Evangelist.
There are a substantial number of reasons why liberals as well as the entire LGBT community might be upset by the selection of Evangelist Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama’s Inaugural.
The Kennedy dynasty continues to bewilder and dazzle. The three most famous, Jack, Bobby and Teddy, were all transformed by politics and all three emerged as inspirational leaders-unexpected, considering their early history.
One of my modern day literary heroes is Esquire’s writer at large, Tom Chiarella. I delight in his carefully crafted word usage, revel in his ability to concisely comment on the world as an introspective growth tool and simply groove on his humor in general. I read a piece of his entitled “75 Things Every Man Should Do Before He Dies”. To paraphrase his own introduction, it wasn’t a checklist but a collection of experiences gained through ones’ own personal choices over the course of his life.