Mychal Denzel Smith

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OPINION - What’s most disturbing about this whole case is just how ordinary it is. This wasn’t an aberration, the result of some particularly vile and demented boys deciding to rape a young girl...
OPINION - In 2008, John McCain claimed to be willing to work across party lines. In 2012, it’s clear he meant only if he was president...
OPINION - Whether he appoints himself or not, should Patrick have to make an appointment to the senate, his eye should be toward diversity...
OPINION - No, we’re accustomed to black Republicans. Even still, something reeks of opportunism...
OPINION - Romney said this election would be about jobs, but continually took hard right stances during the primary that played right into the hands of racial resentment and xenophobia...
theGRIO REPORT - 21-year-old Chavis Carter died of a gunshot wound to the head Saturday night in Jonesboro, Arkansas, while he was handcuffed in the back of a police car...
OPINION - D’Souza is lying. He is making things up, pulling together non-existent threads and weaving a narrative not even suitable for the imagination needed to produce a children’s book...
OPINION - The Republican strategy for winning the youth vote, black vote, and low-income vote has been to ensure that no one belonging to any of those three groups is able to vote
OPINION - Even if Jay-Z, Kanye, or President Obama were to sign off on a permission slip for all of white America for carte blanche usage of the “n-word,” it would never fail to offend some large portion of black people, when used in the improper context...
OPINION - As is true with any candidate, Romney is now tasked with trying to win over voters by presenting his plan for the future of this country. The problem for Romney is that his campaign appears to be stuck in the past...
OPINION - When a person like Jay-Z does speak up, it helps dispel the myth that black people are uniquely homophobic, and shows there are those among us who are still wrestling with an internal conflict regarding same-sex marriage...
OPINION - The problem the GOP faces is not making their policies appealing to black people, but getting their members to tone down the rhetoric that alienates black voters...
OPINION - In T.J. Holmes, they have the potential to establish a serious news program focused on the issues and concerns of black America...
OPINION - I didn't, and still do not, wish to see Trayvon's 17-year-old life and tragic death become a political talking point...
OPINION - It's difficult to imagine what hip-hop might look like had The Notorious B.I.G. lived. We know what it looks like now, in the wake of his tragic and untimely death at the hands of a still-unknown gunman...
OPINION - As counter-intuitive at sounds, not winning an Oscar is probably the best shot at longevity as a black woman has in Hollywood...
OPINION - No, this isn't about Chris Brown at all. This is about how at every turn we have failed to have a real conversation about how to prevent this from happening again...
OPINION - The wins for rappers outside of the designated rap categories are scant and the cause of much backlash...
OPINION - Too often for comfort, as in the case of Bishop Eddie Long, this trust and power is abused and corrupted...
OPINION - More than a decade since his last full-length release, D'Angelo still has the ability to get people excited...