BLOGS


  • Big Tobacco In 2017: Full Steam Ahead by Niv Sultan This week, the Justice Department moved to delay enforcement of rules the FDA finalized a year ago dealing with tobacco products like e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco. It’s been a busy time for big tobacco, as the victory came on the heels of a defeat for vaping (e-cigarette) companies: Sunday night’s omnibus ...
  • Trump Isn’t Fighting Human Trafficking, He’s Facilitating It This article was originally published on Just Security   In an interview with Bloomberg on Monday, President Donald Trump argued that we need his border wall to fight human trafficking, which he described as “probably worse than it ever was in history, if you think about it.” He added it’s “a problem that you should write something about ...
  • Synthetic Pot Use Poses A Big Problem For Bureau Of Prisons Federal inmates get random urine tests for signs of use of drugs like heroin, cocaine or marijuana. But in the alcohol and drug rehabilitation web newsletter The Fix, former federal inmate turned-writer Seth Ferranti, who served time for an LSD offense, argues the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has yet to come to grips with the ...
  • Giving Our Young Men The Tools To Chart The Course For Their Future Success; My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Hosts Albuquerque Youth Summit Co-Authored by Richard J. Berry, Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico When you provide young men of color a prime seat at the table, a powerful shift happens. Not only do these youth improve their own futures, but they have the opportunity to transform their entire generation. Matthew Shoulders, who originally comes from the Oglala Lakota and ...
  • An Arctic Chill Just Swept Over ‘Better Call Saul.’ Things May Be Breaking Bad. Warning: Possible spoilers ahead. One of the many impressive achievements of Better Call Saul, AMC’s semi-prequel to the late Breaking Bad, is that it has created a strong identify of its own by establishing a very different tone from the original. That made it viscerally jarring last Monday when several extended Saul scenes slammed us right back ...
  • Citizens, We Must Bring Our Congress Back Home! The large marches ― in Washington, DC and around the country ― calling attention to the importance of science and focusing on the calamitous impacts of climate change had impressive turnouts. But the protests would have been more productive if they concentrated more, in their slogans and signs, on 535 politicians to whom we have ...
  • ‘You’re Welcome’ Mom Parody Moana’s “You’re Welcome” was just begging to be a mom parody. Because let’s be honest, kids NEVER appreciate all we do for them. But we can still say, “You’re welcome!” And maybe someday we’ll get a big, sincere “thank you” in return. A mom can dream. ENJOY and subscribe to my YouTube channel. And share with ...
  • Brad Pitt Joins Lineup Of Hollywood’s Leading Men Now Living In Recovery First Iron Man, then Batman, and now – Tyler Durden? In a recent interview with GQ, leading man Brad Pitt announced that he had quit drinking and was now living a sober life. His honesty is an inspiration to the many people living with substance use disorder. The first time I saw Pitt on screen, he ...
  • Giving Black Children ‘The Talk’ Won’t Save Them From Police Brutality I did not get “the talk” — at least not directly — given to so many young Black people about the dangers of the police. I grew up middle class, half-white, and very light skinned in suburban Massachusetts. Some of my family members were police officers. Police violence, though not unheard of, seemed removed from my ...
  • News Roundup for May 3, 2017 More like the blues roundup. 1. At least 38 people died after an ISIS attack on a refugee camp in Syria. More here. 2. Despite a change in the law, the NSA is still spying on you. ‘1984’ references are getting stale, but maybe George Orwell was onto something. More here. 3. A black woman took office as ...
  • Born To Lead: Memoir Of A Bossy Girl By: Elisa Grandizio Confident little girls historically have gotten a bad rap. Self assured and assertive, they exhibit qualities rooted in the desire to lead. Assuming responsibility, they know what they want and the steps necessary to accomplish their goals. These take-charge qualities, abhorred in girls, are celebrated in boys. Self-possessed boys are tagged for future ...
  • Jimmy Kimmel Made Me Cry Jimmy Kimmel is one funny guy. Do you remember when he duped the world with a video of a twerking girl who caught on fire? Almost 23 million people (suckers) watched that video. That’s the equivalent of every single person living in Ohio and Pennsylvania! What about his stunt at the Oscars when his mother made ...
  • The U.S. Auto Industry Needs Fuel-Efficiency Gains To Remain Globally Competitive Last month, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that directed his administration to bury its head in the sand when it comes to climate science and clean electricity. He tried to sell this plan as a way to increase energy independence. But when it comes to electricity, America is already essentially independent. It’s our ...
  • Trump’s Banksters And The Rollback Of Dodd-Frank Donald Trump has ordered a rollback of regulations over Wall Street, including the Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010 to prevent another too-big-to-fail banking crisis. Perhaps Trump thinks that we’ve forgotten what happened when Wall Street turned the economy into a giant casino, and then – when its bets went sour in 2008 – needed a giant ...
  • Martha Cooper Solo Exhibition Reveals Many Unseen ‘Action Shots’ in New York An intrepid photographer who has launched a million dreams (and perhaps a few thousand careers) in graffiti and Street Art with her photography that captured crucial and seminal aspects of our culture that others overlooked. That is just one way of seeing this brand new collection of images by Martha Cooper that is spread across one ...
  • 5 Reasons Mother’s Day Is Better After My Divorce In a few days, I will celebrate my fifth Mother’s Day as a single mom, a day my middle child once pejoratively described as “Single Mother’s Day.” A lot has changed since then, from my outlook on life as a divorced parent to the progress I have made since then toward gaining financial independence, including ...
  • While Trump Is So Ignorant, We Cannot Be Free Gene Tunney, the champion prizefighter of the 1920s, wanted to promote an image of himself as a great intellectual. Trying to prove it, he always carried in his pocket a copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Many members of the press weren’t buying it. When Tunney published a volume titled A Man Must Fight, one sportswriter began his ...
  • When It Comes To Leadership, The Soft Stuff Is The Hard Stuff What is great leadership? Ultimately, there is no right or wrong definition. Across my 30-year career I’ve discovered it’s many things — a dynamic and evolving set of skills, competencies and qualities. But one thing is clear: at its best, leadership manifests as a growing awareness of ourselves and how we impact others. True leaders ...
  • How to Wake Up a Teenage Boy Step 1. Find a teenage boy. They are most likely the body sprawled on a bed like a shirtless starfish with a hygiene problem. Step 2. Knock on the teenage boy’s door. It is crucial that you knock, no matter what time it is. 2 a.m.? Knock. 3 a.m.? Knock. 4 a.m? Knock on that damn ...
  • Celebrate Body Positivity With Outspeak May is Body Positivity Month here at Outspeak and we’re going to be celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes, and exploring our complicated relationships with them. Over the course of the month, Outspeak will cover topics such as illness and disability, fitness, body dysmorphia and eating disorders, self-expression through physical means, media representation, and ...