Blogs & Op-eds

Remembering Dick Gregory: Comedian, Activist, and Entrepreneur

Aug 23rd, 2017 | By

Iconic comedian and activist Dick Gregory passed away on Saturday at the age of 84. Beginning his career in 1953, Dick Gregory used his comedy to convey his political ideals to white and black audiences alike. For instance, he spoke for two uninterrupted hours at “Freedom Day” in 1963, which was a rally to drive
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Why do you hate me? A brown woman talks to a former white nationalist

Aug 19th, 2017 | By

New York (CNN)Everybody’s writing about white nationalists. But nobody’s asking them the things I really want to know, as a woman of color and a mom of two kids. I reached out to Arno Michaelis, a former activist in the white power movement, to better understand how their world might affect mine. He is the author
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I learned the hard way how to stop hate

Aug 16th, 2017 | By

Arno Michaelis is a former activist in the white power movement. He is the author of “My Life After Hate” and works with Serve 2 Unite, an organization founded to stand against violence and hate in the wake of the 2012 Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin. Follow him @mylifeafterhate. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those
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Getting Clear About Diversity and Affirmative Action

Aug 13th, 2017 | By

Affirmative action is once again in the news. This time because of a leaked Justice Department memo indicating possible action regarding complaints from Asian-American groups that Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-Americans in its admissions policies. As this story was breaking, Harvard released news that, for the first time in history, the majority of its
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What I Learned about Business from the CEO of the World’s Largest Black-Owned Company

Aug 1st, 2017 | By

My dad, Reginald F. Lewis, was an impressive man. He taught me how to ride a bike, and despite his more-than-full-time job, made it a habit to be back to our New York City home in time to have dinner with my mom, my sister, and me. He was also an iconic figure in the
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