President Obama, Trayvon Martin and the Souls of Black Folk

President Obama unexpectedly stepped into the Trayvon Martin controversy Friday afternoon, surprising members of press and the nation with his candid remarks on why so many African Americans are deeply pained by the killing of Trayvon Martin and the non-guilty verdict  →

President Obama’s Speech on Black Community’s Reaction to Trayvon Martin Shooting and Zimmerman Acquittal (full text and video)

Image Credit: NYMag President Obama surprised the nation Friday afternoon when he unexpectedly preempted press secretary Jay Carney’s daily White House press briefing to deliver remarks on the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial. I have an upcoming commentary on the speech but  →

Steve Jobs and the Future of Journalism

This post also appears on The Huffington Post Steve Jobs dramatically changed the media landscape with pioneering products that will forever change the way news is consumed and distributed. As I prepare to moderate a panel next week on news  →

Scientific Racism Finds New Life on Psychology Today’s Website

The twitterverse and blogosphere are buzzing over Psychology Today’s publication of a pseudo-scientific article that reports black women are “objectively” less attractive than women of other races (the article has been taken down but can be found here). Satoshi Kanazawa,  →

Scientific Racism Finds New Life on Psychology Today’s Website

The twitterverse and blogosphere are buzzing over Psychology Today’s publication of a pseudo-scientific article that reports black women are “objectively” less attractive than women of other races (the article has been taken down but can be found here). Satoshi Kanazawa,  →

New Media: Stimulating Creativity or Just Repackaging the Old?

The opportunity to challenge traditional means of knowledge production and distribution appeals more to those outside of the structures of authority (e.g., academy, government). New media allow the masses to redefine what is creative and what is deemed valuable, and  →

America’s Forgotten Class —Do the Poor Matter?

So often in our public discourse the plight of the poor is subsumed within the needs of the middle class (i.e., “a rising tide lifts all boats”) or all together ignored. While this familiar narrative unfolded during Tavis Smiley’s America’s  →

Obama Schools Nation on Technology and Changing Economy

During his State of the Union address President Obama placed special emphasis on technology as an underlying force driving change in our economy. Before laying out his vision of a new era of American innovation, Obama noted that “thirty years  →

Missing Girls Shouldn’t Be Missing From The Media

Why isn't the national media covering the story of missing 17-year old Phylicia Barnes? Barnes dissappeared in Baltimore in late December. Local authorities suspect foul play. They also suspect that the lack of media coverage of Barnes' dissaperance is largely  →

Live Blogging From America’s Next Chapter

Last week I posted an interview with PBS’ Tavis Smiley about his America’s Next Chapter forum airing live on CSPAN right now. I am one of a handful of “official” America’s Next Chapter bloggers who are helping to moderate the  →