The following is a transcript of a talk I gave at the Poetry Foundation on September 14th, 2017. I, along with Richard Guzman, Haki Madhubuti, Vida Cross, and Don Evans inducted Johnson into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.
Fenton Johnson was born in 1888 and matured during one of the most turbulent eras in American history. These were the years when the modern global finance system, consumer capitalism, and technological innovation were turning the world on its head. In the short 26 years from when Johnson was born to when he published his first collection poetry in 1913, the United States had weathered six international financial panics, had grown into a military empire, and had been completely upended by electrification, the telephone, the phonograph, the radio, the automobile, the airplane, and the motion picture industry. The scale of daily American life was simultaneously shrinking and expanding in…
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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The highly politicized five-month battle to choose President Barack Obama’s next attorney general came to a close Thursday when the Senate finally voted to confirm Loretta Lynch. The 56-43 vote makes Lynch the first African-American female attorney general in U.S. history.
Lynch will be sworn in Monday, a White House official told CNN on Friday.
But the delay of her nomination neared record-breaking proportions. Republicans leading the Senate refused to bring her nomination up for a vote until Democrats cut a deal on abortion language in an unrelated bill. That legislation passed Wednesday, setting up Thursday’s vote and ending the latest partisan Washington standoff.
Ten Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined Democrats. Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz was the only senator not to vote.
Obama tapped Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric Holder in November and her nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee…
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This what I’m talking about. How can you get away with something like this or make some excuse that is valid only to the “guilty” one? I guess. How can everyone forget about that one loophole that no one knew. It wouldn’t be such news if it wasn’t suspect in the first place.
Hillary Clinton admitted that roughly 30,000 of the emails she sent from her personal email server while performing State Department business were deleted because they were personal in nature and were unrelated to official business. I do not doubt that this is the case in some circumstances; it would be hard to believe that she did not use this server for personal reasons and I think even the biggest Clinton hater would have to admit this.
We just have to trust her when she says no official government emails were deleted and that is where I have a problem, especially with the new revelation that nobody actually read the so-called personal emails before they were deleted.
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Made it to another post for this week. We live in such a backward ass country. I”m starting to wonder where we are heading as a nation. I just can’t make sense of how this place functions. I truly want to see people wake up from this fantasy and realize that things have to change. Change for the better. Change that helps everyone. There are so many issues going on in America and the world that I have to step back and just observe. Observe what is happening…Observe where we went wrong….Observe how we can get to a better place….
I have my personal opinions along with everyone else of how we need change and should change. Now is a time for action. Time for moving forward. Time to stop talking and time to start doing. This is the only way. More than 50 years ago we fought for rights with a small amount of people to rally the rest. Now we we have more than enough to stir not only the masses but the ones who feel they are in charge. In a sense the minority is the majority..and once we all realize it there will be no stopping us… MOVING FORWARD TODAY