After studying the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, linguist Mark Liberman found that their speaking styles are “radically different.”
Then there’s Barack Obama.
His keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly earned him a reputation as one of the Democratic Party’s great contemporary orators. And that reputation has Read More
Here’s Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr., a Democrat from the Bronx, at the Nation Action Network headquarters in Harlem today:
“See, the Latinos try to front a little bit here. They say, ‘Well, Dr. King is not about us. He’s about the African American community.’” But, he said, “This Latino right here is serving up in Read More
In a speech today at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.served as pastor, Barack Obama talked about the existence of institutional racism, the sensationalizing of race “by the media” and the creeping of race as an issue into the presidential campaign.
But Obama’s speech will likely be remembered for his calling Read More
11 a.m. The city Office of New Schools holds new high school information fair at Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus (122 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan).
12:30 p.m. Starrett City residents and advocates call on officials to block housing units from going to market rate apartments (City Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave.)
1 p.m. Read More
There are certain pivotal plays that make mighty noises in small rooms, and Dutchman, by the black activist LeRoi Jones—now known as Amiri Baraka—is famously one of them. At little more than 50 minutes in length, this furious 1964 prose poem has been revived in an excellent, troubling production at the tiny Cherry Lane Theatre Read More
Mike Bloomberg, jokingly I think, just told the audience at the National Action Network’s Martin Luther King Day event that his personal choice for president in 2008, standing on stage with him right now, is Charlie Rangel.
Bloomberg also said that he’s been known to change his mind.
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Our culture of publicity makes it difficult to talk in negative terms about a new book without sounding dismissive or mean-spirited—all the more so when the author of the disappointment has to his credit Mystery Train (1975), which many consider one of the best books ever written about popular music.
Perhaps high expectation is the Read More
It made for fairly gripping stuff last night when Michael Myers and Al Vann took on the issue of race in the 11th district election.
Myers accused Vann of “racial hustling” for calling on David Yassky, the only white candidate in the field, to withdraw.
I’m telling you that the Voting Rights Read More
A few weeks ago, when the nation celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many Americans forgot the role King played as a Jeremiah who sought economic justice for all. As excerpts from the famous “Dream” speech comforted us about racial progress, our class gaps were the widest since the Depression.
While racial sideshows play on Read More
People long in the public spotlight have a double life. There are exceptions, as when Billy Clinton’s idiocy and arrogance gave the country a good, long look at the side-by-side private and public lives of a living President. Something of the same was the fate that history had prepared for Coretta Scott King, who Read More