Fly Jock Sunday night, I watched the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, and having watched most of the shows, I have an announcement to make. Fly Jock The TJMS is a lot of things to a lot of people.  But mainly it’s a source for entertainment, news, inspiration, information and comedy.  That’s a tall order, and on any given day, we can hit our mark in all areas or fall short … and trust me, which of the two […]

Lifestyle Whether you need to someone to help you move furniture at 2 p.m. or move the earth at 2 a.m., it’s good to have a friend you can call on. Fly Jock During Black History Month, we tend to get more reflective about how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go to reach the kind of equity the civil rights soldiers fought for. Fly Jock Every time we go on vacation, when I give my goodbye hugs to the women on my staff – I’d give a man-hug to J. if he weren’t in Los Angeles – it’s with an unspoken understanding that we hope nothing too big or too bad happens while we’re gone. But it […]

For days, I have been thinking about the march in Washington D.C. to “reclaim the dream.”  I wanted to hear what others in attendance thought, not to take their thoughts as my own, but to let the whole experience wash over me before talking or writing about it. Our 24/7, say-it-fast, say-it-first news cycles don’t […] Fly Jock I had planned to do this blog on my way back from the Soul Train Awards, but since it was so late at night/early in the morning, I fell asleep midway. But as I rested, I reminisced about all that “Soul Train” meant to black people.   

On Friday, not long after the jingle ended, I went to see the movie “Waiting for Superman” with my senior producer Nikki Woods and writer Mary Boyce, a.k.a. Mamas Gone Wild. If you haven’t seen it yet, “Waiting for Superman” takes a look at the public school system in this country, shows us how jacked […]

Somehow, some way, those of us who care need to find a way to breathe new life into potential voters in the upcoming mid-term elections. Two years ago, as we approached the November 2008 election, you couldn’t go a day without being inundated with information on the importance of registering and voting. In fact, if […]

I have always taken great pride in the fact that I made it on my own after college, moving away from friends and family back home in St. Louis to a city in which I knew only one person. Being physically alone without family is always a scary situation, but I haven’t turned back after […]

Some days are rougher than others for black America, and I think yesterday was one of the roughest in a while. If I could get my “Little-Known Black History Fact” research team to do some investigating, I’d love to know the first national news story involving black folks that caused a collective, “Oh, Lord,” to […]