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Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kid
Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
By TIM SANDLER  |  May 21, 2010

Ask the black woman

I've lived in Maine for seven years and been writing for this fine publication for about five, and during that time I've covered a wide array of subjects on the issue of diversity in Maine.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 21, 2009
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Black like him?

Whatever your race — and whatever you think of his résumé, or his politics, or his yen for tax-cheating cabinet nominees — Barack Obama's arrival in the Oval Office is something to celebrate.
Obama is, apparently, our first African-American president. But is that the identity he touted as a candidate?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 11, 2009
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A meme deferred

Nobody knows exactly what Obama means yet, but Dyson is having a great time figuring it out.
Michael Eric Dyson changes the subject at Harvard
By RICHARD BECK  |  November 11, 2008
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Long national nightmare

Last night, I woke up in a sweat. I’d had a very bizarre dream.  
What if all the pundits, pollsters, and press are (gasp!) wrong about Obama’s chances?
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 22, 2008
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Dianne's special deal

Undeterred by her Democratic primary loss to opponent Sonia Chang-Díaz, State Senator Dianne Wilkerson is forging ahead in a sticker campaign to win re-election of her Second Suffolk seat in the state legislature.  
State Senator Dianne Wilkerson already has amassed a list of embarrassing political pratfalls. The Phoenix uncovers two more situations that should cause concern on the cusp of the election.
By TED SIEFER  |  October 22, 2008


Who’s the real Obama?

Do we know who Obama is and what motivates him, and are we really looking to find out?
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  July 23, 2008
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More police problems

Anyone who watches police dramas such as Law & Order or CSI might get the idea that cops from time to time stretch the envelope.
Plus, Obama’s Philadelphia moment
By EDITORIAL  |  March 19, 2008

Jackson's sweet dream

This article originally appeared in the March 4, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign


By SCOT LEHIGH  |  March 07, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: Kathleen Madigan

The problem is that at the end of the day, when the clone figures out they’re a clone, they get mad and kill you.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 05, 2008
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Sisyphus, the Dems, ’Gansett, and the Sox

University of Rhode Island economics professor Leonard Lardaro has joined an evocative phrase to describe the state’s seemingly perpetual budget problems: Rhode Island and Sisyphus Plantations.
Not for nothing
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 30, 2008


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Dance Monkey: Doug Benson

No, you’re wrong, I’m totally high right now.
A comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 25, 2007
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Common ground

Like the American naturalists of the last century, Ann Patchett examines race and class in her new novel, Run .
Ann Patchett’s Boston allegory
By DANA KLETTER  |  September 18, 2007
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Why the Imus cave-in is bad for free speech, radio, and the whole society

I was never a fan of Don Imus.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 19, 2007
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Imus’s downfall is a setback for free speech

Maybe you hadn’t noticed, but you lost something last week.
Axed
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 18, 2007
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Ho, ho, ho

Unless you’ve been busy catching up on your Kierkegaard, you know that radio shock jock Don Imus is in a heap of trouble.
Thoughts on watching the media culture that Don Imus helped spawn turn on the aging turkey
By EDITORIAL  |  April 11, 2007


The high hurdles

This article originally appeared in the March 24, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Obstacles for Dukakis in the long run
By SCOT LEHIGH  |  April 09, 2007
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Presidential toteboard: why the odds favor Obama

When Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy, there was some wild speculation that Obama might not receive a large share of the black vote.
Black vote + uncommon charisma = quantifiable advantage
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 14, 2007
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More rules for pols

Well, there are less than 21 months before the election, and the “Tote Board” is already computing the odds.
Even Richard Nixon could get himself elected today with these tips
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 21, 2007

Dark days for history

Once again, it’s February. The shortest month of the year, our coldest stretch of weather and, hold on, it’s Black History Month, too.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 07, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: February 2, 2007

In addition to my flip comment that I personally didn’t have a clue about how to solve the horrific human tragedy we call the Iraq War, I provided Sara Donnelly with several comments in our ten-minute conversation that were constructive potential solutio
Peace needs our help
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  January 31, 2007


Déjà Duke

This article originally appeared in the May 1, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Second verse same as the first
By SCOTT LEHIGH  |  November 14, 2006

Can Bush be beaten?

This article originally appeared in the November 15, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
It won’t be easy, but here’s one scenario for a Democratic victory
By JOHN KELLER  |  November 14, 2006

Liz launches

It’s no secret that Democrat Elizabeth Roberts, a stalwart state senator from Cranston, is running for lieutenant governor.
Dems’ gubernatorial ticket shows some gusto  
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  May 25, 2006
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Blue (-Eyed) Devils?

Once the sensational Duke University rape case — with its irresistible brew of race, class, and sex — triggered the predictable media circus, an equally predictable chorus of earnest-sounding criticism began to roll in.
The perfect storm of race, class, and sex makes the alleged Duke rape tale perfect fodder for the ‘justice’-obsessed media  
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  April 26, 2006
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Isaac Hayes

Although he’s most closely identified as the proto-rapping bad-ass voice behind the iconic 1971 Shaft soundtrack (and the voice of Chef on South Park ), Hayes is an R&B titan whose role in shaping modern soul stretches back nearly as long as the
ULTIMATE ISAAC HAYES: CAN YOU DIG IT? | Concord
By JONATHAN PERRY  |  January 18, 2006