December 26, 2003 Writer and documentarian S. Pearl Sharp believes that Kwanzaa, even with all of its political contradictions, is worth celebrating. She gives us the history of the seven-day celebration and tells us why it's worth celebrating.
December 17, 2003 Commentator S. Pearl Sharp describes her frustration with the current fashion phenomenon that emphasizes the belly button.
December 8, 2003 "World peace" is a phrase that you'll hear often this holiday season. Commentator S. Pearl Sharp would like to give those who toss around the words "peace on earth" a piece of her mind.
November 10, 2003 Commentator S. Pearl Sharp talks about the social breakdown by class within the African-American community.
October 15, 2003 In the African-American community, black cuisine has historically been inspiration for many writers. Fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens and even watermelon have borne a great deal of literary fruit, so to speak. But for poet and commentator S. Pearl Sharp, the new seedless watermelon poses a threat to her literary tradition.
September 26, 2003 "New age," holistic approaches to personal health and well-being have been all the rage in recent years. Commentator S. Pearl Sharp says they could be more than you bargained for.
September 18, 2003 In 1970, commentator Mubarak Dahir was in the first grade at Sharpe Elementary School in Memphis, Tenn. Not surprisingly, he was the only Muslim in his class. Every Monday morning, his teacher asked which students went to Sunday school, and Mubarak did not raise his hand.
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July 4, 2003 On July 5, 1852, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Ben Guillory, producing/artistic director of the Los Angeles-based Robey Theatre Company, reads an excerpt from Douglass' speech, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro."
January 13, 2002 Essayist Diane Roberts has lots to complain about. Well, she has the right. She's utterly ill. "Our noses are raw," she says, "we walk as if our legs are made out of glass, we clutch raggedy Kleenexes as if they were pieces of the Shroud of Turin."
November 27, 2000 Commentator Bill Harley learned the hard way that he didn't really need so much stuff after all. He says that traveling without his suitcase started out as an inconvenience, but turned into a blessing in disguise.
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August 1, 2000 Most Americans come to France expecting to see the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. Commentator David Sedaris describes his experiences in the City of Lights from his preferred venue: the inside of a movie theater.
January 1, 1999 Commentator Bill Harley tells about his childhood tendency to get injured -- especially on holidays. His parents were always rushing him off to the emergency room. He tells the story of one New Year's Day when his father was deeply involved in the Rose Bowl game and once again Harley was in need of immediate medical attention.
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