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I Was Born For This: Breaking My Silence on Black Colleges

I have a few writing rules. I do not write when I am angry and I do not write about HBCUs. The former may go without saying the but the … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 9 Comments

Loving Black Women and Richard Cohen's Gag Reflex

Richard Cohen’s gag reflex was triggered by the visual of white Bill DeBlasio being married to his black wife Chirlane. Cohen couched his disgust in the everyman approach, attributing it … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 7 Comments

What's In A Name? Robert Lee Mitchell III and Arrianna Marie Coleman

Last week I logged into to Twitter to see two friends and colleagues in a debate about prestige and grades. I asked them, incredulously, who cared about grades in graduate … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 58 Comments

All the data in the world seems incapable of stopping this anecdotal juggernaut.

September 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

From the end-user side the meta-deta and format comments on this great post make the most sense. Like many people, I rely upon internet databases to do research. Academic edited … Continue reading

August 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Blog Migration: The Public Shaming of Shirley Sherrod

Note: This is one of those old posts that is getting new life thanks to public events. If you haven’t read Ta’heisi Coates’ “Fear of A Black President” by now … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

For-profit College: Route to Opportunity or Unemployment?

Many of you know that my doctoral research examines for-profit colleges. This is a good summary of links for those interested in the scope and breadth of the current discussion … Continue reading

May 24, 2012 · Leave a comment