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Black: The Color of the GOPnew

I've always known that, contrary to popular belief, the African-American community is very conservative, but it's really starting to dawn on me that I'm surrounded by people who would probably be Republicans if they weren't black. And, frankly, I wish the GOP would get its stuff together so that my brethren and sistern can just follow their hearts and join.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  12-02-2008  |  Commentary

Why It's Easy for Jesse Jackson's Critics to Mock Himnew

Literally, in a matter of months, he's gone from the It guy in black America to a supporting player.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  07-22-2008  |  Commentary

Hip-Hop is My Crazy Girlfriendnew

Like many young passionate relationships, as we got older, hip-hop and I drifted apart. My sensibilities remained progressive, my humor became more biting, and my patience for ignorance became shorter than ever. And hip-hop? Well, we all know what happened to hip-hop.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  06-10-2008  |  Music

Obama on My Mindnew

I almost wrote a whole column on Willie Tyler and Lester because, like a great many of us, my entire life has been consumed by Barack Obama, and what I really want to do is write yet another column about the presumptive Democratic nominee. But I'm trying to pace myself with the Obama stuff for a few reasons.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  05-20-2008  |  Commentary

I Officially Denounce Flavor Flavnew

I simply cannot overemphasize how important Public Enemy has been to my life. Frankly, that's why I've never publically addressed the post-Public Enemy phenomenon of Flavor Flav's fame. But between Flavor of Love, I Love New York, and Charm School, he continues to rule over a televised empire based on ignorance, and I can stay silent no longer.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  05-06-2008  |  Commentary

On Race and Rumorsnew

These urban myths and 21st-century chain letters are important, because under the cover of internet anonymity, people expose their fears and prejudices in a manner that they never would in the light of day.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  03-11-2008  |  Commentary

The CW Cancels 'Girlfriends'new

When it's all said and done, I believe Girlfriends was one of the most important African-American shows to ever grace the television screen and I think it's worth having a proper sendoff. So here goes.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  02-26-2008  |  TV

She's the Mannew

In this year's Democratic race, it's the generation gap, stupid.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  02-05-2008  |  Commentary

The Meat of the Matternew

The quality and nature of food should not be parsed and bogged down in semantics and technicalities.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  01-29-2008  |  Food+Drink

President ... Obama?new

Maybe I've been wrong about what can and can't happen in relation to race in America. Maybe we're finally living in a country where you can honestly, honestly, tell every child that she can truly be anything she wants to be when she grows up.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  01-15-2008  |  Commentary

Prince's Control Issuesnew

For the past few months, Prince has been engaging in warfare with his fans.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  11-20-2007  |  Music


Like many issues left over from slavery, we've never honestly addressed the so-called color line in black America.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  11-06-2007  |  Commentary

New Orleans Reduxnew

The sad truth is, now that the news cameras are gone, most of us have no real idea of what's happening in the city.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  10-23-2007  |  Commentary

Protesting Too Much?new

At what point could the time spent on cultural activism be better spent on some type of pragmatic movement?
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  07-03-2007  |  Commentary

Social Studies: Cultural Baggagenew

Sure enough, my new messenger bag says, "To Serve the People," and, sure enough, it is a Mao quote, but beyond the striking iconography of the red star and the script, I have to wonder what all I am saying with it, and is that really the baggage I want to carry around with me?
Baltimore City Paper  |  Vincent Williams  |  05-15-2007  |  Commentary

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