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Thu, 05.31.2018

The Lost Art of the Black Boycott

On June 15th 1953 the black community of Baton Rouge, Louisiana staged the first municipal boycott of the 20th century.  I’m using this factual event to ask the African American community why we are not using this strategy in 2018?  I’m not confusing non-violent protest with boycott, I am referencing the difference to not forget […]

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Mon, 04.30.2018

The Alarm of Oppression by B. Mchie

I recently researched the Herero people of Namibia and came across the Berlin Conference of 1898.  I was stunned yet educated by a missing piece in what was making my alarm ring.  This gathering of whites in Germany calculated an assault on Africa after American slavery to usher in European colonization.  From Demark to Portugal, […]

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Thu, 03.29.2018

Black Panthers Feel Good Matrix, by B. Mchie

The movie Black Panther has exceeded many expectations, gross revenue, critical acclaim, symbolism, millennial attention, pride etc.; I’ve seen it twice.  My adult son enjoyed it and I think all viewers agree that the story, graphics, imagination, ethnic representation, moral of the story were special. With so much fanfare, I sigh a bit over the […]

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Wed, 02.28.2018

Country Before Party, Community before Self by B. Mchie

Last year, white republican senator Jeff Flake made a public contribution to the democratic candidate in the Alabama senators race.  On the check’s memo area, he wrote “country above party.”  I use this metaphor to speak to the African American community and have all of (including myself) to ask (and answer) can we do more […]

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Tue, 01.30.2018

2018 NAPPID Day Questions by B. Mchie

Conceived in 1995, NAAPID stands for National African American Parent Involvement Day. Inspired by the Million Man March, it was created to encourage black parents to begin practicing the goals of NAAPID; there are a number of initiatives built into this.  Promote African American parent involvement in their child’s education, provide strategies for African American […]

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Sat, 12.23.2017

I salute Alabama’s Black Women, by B. Mchie

With the recent senatorial election in Alabama I must say I was pleased that Mr. Jones won against Mr. Moore.  This was a special election because the president appointed Jeff Sessions to the office of attorney general.  A friend and colleague of mine who was born, raised and still lives in Birmingham once said that […]

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Tue, 11.28.2017

My Self Esteem as a Descendant of American Slavery, by B. Mchie

Like many baby boomers in 2017 I can look back and see more than two generations of history. I can see it through and recall the vastness of what the world has become since around 1950. I can also break this down for my country, state, city and neighborhood where I was raised. I was […]

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Sat, 10.28.2017

The Idolatry of American Whiteness, by B. Mchie

Back in 2003 I watched a documentary on PBS called Race and the Power of Illusion. It brought back many memories of my life as a black man in America. It also dredged up many sensitive feelings I had and have regarding America’s major cog of racism; color. Growing up in the 20th century civil […]

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Mon, 08.28.2017

The Black Church, is it AWOL?, by B. Mchie

Many of my family members were raised in the Baptist Church. One of the reasons I attend services is to bond with a community that looks like me. Another is that for the most part these fine people practice enough of the commandments in their lives that I feel that closeness we all seek. Historical […]

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Fri, 06.02.2017

Back to some basics in African America, by B. Mchie

It is 2016 and in the contested racial relationship between black and white Americans there are three basics for blacks that need to be clearly reestablished in the 21st century. 1. America is not in a post civil rights era American civil rights bills and affirmative action from the last century serve as iconic accomplishments […]

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Tue, 02.28.2017

Where was the Congressional Black Caucus for the last ten years?, by B. Mchie

By their own choice, for almost eight years, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus existed in the shadow of the first black president. They praised President Barack Obama’s achievements while at the same time nudging him to do more for their constituents. African America supported Obama’s campaign and administration in 2008 and 2012. But […]

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Wed, 01.25.2017

You Can Be Anything You Want (But what does the black community need)?, by B. Mchie

Whether coming from a successful black person, a role model, parent or mentor we often hear the phrase, “I tell my children that they can be anything they want to be.” African Americans work hard, yet nearing 60 years after the 20th century civil rights movement, our level of representation in many occupations lags severely […]

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Mon, 12.19.2016

Revenue, Sports, Black America; a 21st Century Plantation? by B. Mchie

The main office of African American Registry® is in Minneapolis, about 2 miles from US Bank stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play professional football. 3 miles from the University of Minnesota campus, where Williams Arena and TCF Bank Stadium feature the schools basketball and football programs respectively. Basically 2miles from downtown, our office is also […]

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Wed, 11.30.2016

A post election apology/assessment from an elder to youth, by B. Mchie

My son who writes on this blog occasionally and I debate often on whether elders owe more to youth than the other way around in black America. We usually end up saying both could do more for the greater good of all. Today I’m offering him and youth in general an apology for the lack […]

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Sat, 10.08.2016

History + Culture = Heritage, by B. Mchie

Time and time again especially in the African American community we here elders in particular say the following. If you don’t know where you came from you’ll have difficulty knowing where you are going. Our forefathers in African America have placed a number of historic benchmarks to help present and future black citizens know where […]

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