Thursday, January 30
Edwidge Danticat will appear at Books & Books in Coral Gables to celebrate, “Haiti Noir 2: The Classics” on Wed. Jan. 29th at 8 p.m. No More Broken Hearts presents a domestic violence workshop hosted by Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall Sat., Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. at Miami Edison Middle School. Call 305- 995-2311.
Residents of Homestead and Florida City were given the opportunity to attend special performances of the revival, I Have A Dream by playwright Josh Greenfeld.
More than 1,000 local public school students participated in the annual Miami-Dade County Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Expo. The expo, held on January 25 at North Campus, exposed students to practicing engineers in an effort to expand their understanding of mathematics and science in a global economy.
Struggles make triumph feel amazing
At birth, Marvin Charles Lue, Jr. was not expected to live beyond the first 24 hours, due to a rare gastric condition that to this day challenges him. “My father died when I was four years old and my paternal and maternal grandparents soon followed him,” Lue said. “My mother was constantly moving from state-to-state and city-to-city doing her best to give us a better quality of life. I had to endure a nomadic childhood which meant changing schools frequently.
Roberta Daniels called my attention to the December issues that needed correction, based on the stats: it should have read not the first State, but the third State Championship in Class 4A. We apologize for the error. Since that time, Booker T. Washington won the National Championship and its band served as marshals in Dr.
Ten entrepreneurs sponsored with LAB Miami memberships
Miami is most known for its palm trees, sizzling weather and sunny beaches —but as of late it has become home of something least suspecting — technology. Those at the Young Professionals Network [YPN] and the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust [MDEAT] are ensuring that the Black community is getting involved while the field is on the come-up.
John 14 can serve as daily comfort
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; and where I am, there you will be also.” John 14:1-3
One seldom meets a more concerned, people-loving, sensitive, individual than Ulysses S. Morris, Jr. “When one hears Overseer Morris’ life story, it appears that all of his life, God has been preparing him for this season of his life,” Rev. Leroy Smith said. “If this man had not come into my life when he did, I am
According to professor David Ikard, the notion of a post-racial America — a theoretical environment where the U.S. is devoid of racial preference, discrimination and prejudice — doesn’t exist. While others assert the existence of an America beyond race, using President Barak Obama’s presidency as a shining beacon of colorblindness, the University of Miami professor argued against it.
Wedding anniversary greetings go out to the following couples: Rev. Shedrick and Mrs. Wilma Gilbert, 67 years Thomas and Agnator Nottage, 58 years Linzy and Paulette Hayes, 24 years St. Agnes had a patronal cruise to Nassau, Bahamas for the weekend in observance of our patronal celebration scheduled for Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. The event celebrates our rector Father Denrick Rolle and the preacher will be DeAngelo Bowe. Please join us if you can. A reception in our parish hall, Blackett Hall, will follow the service.
City calls program a ‘success’
On January 25th, the Opa-locka Police Department hosted their Gun Buy Back Initiative, a program that aims to curtail the increasing level of gun violence occurring in the northern region of Miami-Dade County.
Show includes tribute to Civil Rights activist Nelson Mandela
Relive the life and times of civil rights activist Nelson Mandela through a moving musical tribute by African gospel choir Soweto. According to Beverly Bryer, the group's choir director, performing for Mandela along with Archbishop Desmond Tutu was "like a dream for us" as she recounted the group's past experience with two of South Africa's most notable civil rights activists.
Super Bowl week is upon us, and the lines in the sand have been drawn. Good versus evil, the legend against the loud mouth. What we have is the Denver Broncos with the leagues top rated offense and record-shattering quarterback Peyton Manning against the Seattle Seahawks and that top-rated defense led by the game's best and loudest corner, Richard Sherman.
Breakthrough Miami gives one male one female a scholarship
Miami Country Day School, known as one of the leading college preparatory learning communities in the County, is looking to offer one male and one female that meets their eligibility requirements a “good-through-graduation” scholarship. Breakthrough Miami’s Trustee Scholarship helps promote socioeconomic diversity at the school and is an opportunity for qualified and deserving students to reach their
Are our children being pushed into prison?
In 1993, Debra Mayes Pane witnessed a phenomenon that changed the course of her professional career. While teaching at Teaching and Rehabilitating Our Youth (TROY), she first experienced the “revolving door,” a trend in which Black students were continually cycled in and out of school and court because teachers constantly “kicked [Black] kids out of class.” Pane never experienced this trend with her white students.
Raina Kemp Ministries invites you to join them in celebrating their church’s anniversary with a night of worship featuring a guest speaker on Jan. 31st at 8 p.m. at New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church. Doors open promptly at 7 p.m. For ticket information, please call 786-619-6847.
Wednesday, January 29
The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community and Omni Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established to eliminate slum and blight within the City of Miami. Slum and blighted areas are injurious to public health, safety, and moral. The existence of slum and blighted areas contribute substantially and increasingly to the spread of disease and crime, constitutes an economic and social liability imposing onerous burdens
Thursday, January 23
Citizens in North Central section unincorporated Miami are working extremely hard to make their area another city in Miami-Dade County. “I have followed the City hood efforts in North Central for several years and applaud the dedication and tenacity of the leaders and the community to stay the course of this most
Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and The Beacon Council partner up
In a county where there are thousands of small businesses flourishing — The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson want to make sure that they are staying afloat and prospering as they should.
BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet Thu., Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the BTW cafeteria. Call 305-333-7128. The Dade County Deltas will hold their “Founder’s Day Celebration” on Sat., Jan. 25, 2014 at noon at the JW Marriott in Brickell. Call 305-691-1629. No More Broken Hearts presents a Domestic Violence Workshop hosted by Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall Sat., Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. at Miami Edison Middle School. Call (305) 995-2311.
Florida adopts race-based academic goals, community in uproar
While many thought Jim Crow politics ended with the Civil Rights movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center alleges otherwise in their most recent complaint against the Florida Department of Education. The complaint alleges that the Department of Education adopted a discriminatory strategic plan that sets lower academic expectations for Black and Hispanic students based on race and nationality.
Derek Walker was a father from Durham, North Carolina who had been dealing with a nasty custody battle within the court system. Walker became a desperate man whose world had become unhinged after he lost custody of his son following a bitter custody battle.
For quite some time it has been the practice of many employers and businesses to check the credit history of job applicants. While businesses and employers may think a person’s credit history is a fair evaluation tool for hiring a person, many believe using such information to help determine if someone should be hired is discriminatory and unjust.
Have you always wished you had the time to learn to play a musical instrument but never did? The University of Miami is offering that opportunity to senior citizens who have that desire. This is something George Early has always wanted to do — play a trumpet.
Zion Hope M.B. Church of Miami invites the public to their annual revival Jan. 22-24, 7:30 nightly and on Sat., Jan 25th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. they will be hosting an Insurance Fair. Call 305-948-7723. Millrock Holy Missionary Baptist Church is hosting Gospel in the Garden, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information please call 786-318-7047.
Dennis Fruitt, director, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, was asked by Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, Founder, Historical Hampton House Trust, to conduct a workshop on “Strategic Plan for The Second Century.” Fruitt was welcomed by HHHT Board including Pinkney, President, Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson, Edward Harris, from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence, Dr. Edward G. Robinon,
At an intimate meet-and-greet for the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Blacks from differing ethnicities took advantage of the evening’s tagline, “let’s connect” to share ideas,
Alleges complacency on Black issues
Governor Rick Scott learned that the Florida Legislative Black Caucus (FLBC) decided to forgo their annual meeting with him the old fashion way: through a Dear John letter. South Florida’s Governor received a terse letter from the FLBC charging him with neglecting issues relevant to the Black community amongst other allegations.
Reverend Maurice Robinson and his wife, Helen who prefers to be called the “Elect Lady,” are very impressive about their feelings for people and the Lord. They are very much aware of the fact that in order to have a friend, one must first be friendly. Their aim, according to both Robinsons is to build a church that reflects what God says in his word — ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ and ‘love your neighbor as your self.’
Estimated 42M women face financial hardships
Amidst the growing number of Americans who have made advancements within the economy, there is still an unbelievable number of women in the United States that are will treading the poverty line.
Thursday, January 16
Before the search for the new Miami Dolphins general manager got underway, owner Stephen Ross felt it was necessary to clear up the confusion on what exactly the new GM's role would be within the franchise. There were reports that the GM would essentially be powerless, leading to execs around the league to steer people away from the job whom were otherwise interested. Yes you read
National advocate David Lawrence Jr. tours committed providers
Last week Wednesday, three daycares received a visit from some of Miami’s top advocate programs for early childhood education. David Lawrence, executive director and founder of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation was in attendance when he and others stopped by Sheyes Learning Center, Excel Kids Academy and Room To Bloom daycare.
A new revolution of swing drummers is joining forces to display percussion ability in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami. Heading and producing “Drum Shedd” is Wendy Swanson, a well-known recording producer and a member of Metropolitan AME Church, where she is the choir director and local producer under Vernon Miller, pastor, along with Lou
A variety of minimally invasive, advanced surgical weight-loss procedures are available today. After a medical evaluation, the surgeon will discuss which of the following surgical options may work for you, based on your health, needs and weight-loss goals.
“Plastic safety net” may not be best option
In general, Americans face a plethora of financial challenges but a recent study shows how Blacks in particular are moving a step closer to financial freedom despite their past. New research conducted by the public policy organization, Demos, reveals the exact trends for low-to-middle income households with credit card debt.
Clark Atlanta University’s South Florida Alumni Chapter will meet on Sat, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. at Piccadilly restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 305 651-8097. South Miami invites you to their “Gospel Explosion” 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. John AME Church, 6461 SW 59th Pl. in South Miami.
“I don’t take my position at all lightly"
The definition of a pastor, according to Pastor Helen Jenkins is someone whom God has anointed and called to do a special work, including but not limited to teaching and training believers to become committed followers of Jesus Christ.
Founder/CEO, Kraig Mchardy, creates internship opportunities for students
Seventeen percent of all children in the U.S. are currently obese — tripling the percentage from one generation ago. Well, obesity, Founder/CEO Kraig McHardy, says that you have met your match. Bringing the South Florida area the unique
An indication that Floridians needed help, change comes
Approximately 36 percent — that’s 17,117 of Florida International University students depend on the federal Pell grant to help pay for their studies during 2013. This accounts for a total of $77,143,267.60 in aid. According to reports, the number of state-university students receiving Pell grants has soared in recent years — an indication that more Floridians are having trouble affording rising education costs.
Wedding anniversary greetings go out to the love birds of the week: Willie and Louvenia A. Totson, 40 years Get well wishes and prayers go out to all of the sick and shut-ins: Donzaleigh McKinney, Leila O’Berry, Rosemary Braynon, Evangeline Gibson, Thomas Nottage,
Ozabeth Sheffield battled with her weight for years. At her heaviest, she weighed 305 pounds. “Because of my weight, my health was bad,” said Sheffield. “I became diabetic, developed hypertension, asthma and knee pain. I ended up being on six medications.”
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, 60 percent of American women are overweight, and in that group more than one-third are considered obese. Obesity negatively impacts the health of women in many ways. Being overweight or obese increases the relative risk of diabetes and coronary artery disease in women. Women who are obese have an added higher risk of lower back pain and knee osteoarthritis.
I watched the inauguration of Bill De Blasio as New York’s 109th mayor with my parents. To my parents, the inauguration of a white man married to a Black women with Black children is almost as amazing as having a Black president. Even after 5 years of the Obama Presidency, my father still states with
2013 was a tumultuous year for the residents of the City of Miami Gardens and their police department. The South’s largest Black city second to Atlanta was besieged with gun violence and unsolved murders involving youth. While officials attributed the violence to revenge-hungry gang members, residents complained of the police department’s unwarranted stop and frisk policy.
Tuesday, January 14
Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
Friday, January 10
The past 100 years for people of color have been moving at the speed of light. I have identified a few of my favorite Black Fashion Icons of the past 100 years.
With the emergence of the natural hair movement and the infiltration of black beauty icons in mainstream media, came the proliferation of black-owned business with a purpose. Ones that used all natural ingredients, employed each other and sought to create solutions to their own beauty conundrums, and, in the process founded businesses. Such acts are worth celebrating and supporting.
Thursday, January 9
"Beautiful" - adjective - pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. Of a very high standard; excellent.
"It's just hair." This is what people say who try to convince themselves that their hair doesn't somehow speak for them. As if its style, color and texture don't speak volumes about their personality, creativity, or disposition in general. While I reject the notion that hair completely defines a person, I strongly believe that it says something about one's state of mind and perhaps about society as a whole.
Mocha, caramel, almond—black women’s skin comes in many decadent shades. All of which call for proper skin care and pampering. While it has been said that black doesn’t crack, having a great skin care routine is a must if we want to ensure that our skin withstands the test of time. Today, I’ll share everything black women need to know to achieve and maintain beautiful skin.
We all (hopefully) know the stellar history of our fore-mothers like Sojourner Truth, Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hammer, Dorothy Height and Lena Horne. But there are black women making moves today who are likely to join those names in our history books and become legends in their own right.
When then Senator Barack Obama turned into President Barack Obama after his historic 2008 election it had all the pageantry, zeal and aura of a religious revelation for many. It was something a long time coming -- a win after a war that has been on-going for decades, centuries. But for all the pomp and excitement, it was short-lived. Once the party was over, on came the political hangover.
When I was in the 9th grade I wrote a cartoon strip where the heroine’s name was Daphne. A white male classmate of mine who enjoyed reading my stories immediately complained that I’d give the girl a weird “black” name. I, politely, explained to him that the name was pronounced “Daff-nee” and that Daphne was a name from Greek mythology. Or, if that was too deep for him, a white female character from the cartoon “Scooby Doo.” No matter, to my “it’s all black names” to me friend. It was a weird name with a weird spelling, so it was a weird “black name.”
Georgia resident Dorothy Cooper had been voting for more than 50 years with no problem, but in 2012 she almost couldn’t. It was all due to the new voter ID law Georgia had passed under the guise of fighting voter fraud, but critics of the law said its real purpose was to make it harder for individuals like Cooper – the black, the poor and the elderly – to vote.
I have compiled 5 of my favorite Soul Food Exchanges so that you can maintain ethnic flavor when cooking Soul Food but not take in all of the sodium, fat or calories!
“Because of the prayers of my parents, I am what I am”
The word of God says: “Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”
Within three months of re-election, Mayor Tomas Regalado appointed two positions in Miami’s City Commission. On Dec. 31, 2013 Regalado appointed Commissioner Wifredo
“My goal is to lead according to God’s word"
Pastor Martai D. McCullough, Sr. is a young, goal-oriented professional with hands-on experience that he hopes will help him reach the vision of being a great shepherd. “I want to help the people of God get a greater knowledge of and a deeper relationship with the Lord by feeding them the word of God,” McCullough said.
Support breast cancer awareness while eating your favorite BBQ
If you enjoy finger-licking good barbecue, live music, a wide selection of beers and wines to chose from all while supporting a charity. . . then the place to be on Saturday, Jan. 11th, is the 5th annual King of Ribs BBQ Fest.
Blames Citigroup, Wells Fargo, & Bank of America for real estate loss
As Blacks lost their homes to bank foreclosures, officials from the City of Miami watched property values plummet leaving the city with a towering debt. The City of Miami retaliated by filing separate lawsuits against three of the nation’s largest banks, claiming they discriminated against Black borrowers in poor neighborhoods that resulted in damaging foreclosures for the City.
James and Margie Fayson, socialites of the south, entertained some of their out-of-towners for a post-Christmas and New Year’s celebration. As the guests arrived, they were escorted to the pool patio for a game related to
The Joint Coalition will meet at 4 p.m. on Sat. Jan. 11 in the Music Hall at The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 786-899-0048.
Blacks overcome Jim Crow politics
A research study from two University of Massachusetts Boston professors confirmed what the Black community has known for years: voter-suppression laws are partisan measures that disproportionately target them.
University of Miami coach Al Golden won’t be the next coach at Penn State. Golden, who played at Penn State from 1987-91 and spent a season there as an assistant, said Sunday that he is not a candidate. So now what? Do we hear a collective sigh of relief or is that disappointment? I guess it depends on which side of the fence you stand on.
Residents say cycle of working poverty to blame
South Florida’s Blacks are in a precarious situation when it comes to saving. According to a report, consumers in Miami spend 68.9 percent of their income on expenses, a figure that allocates more than half of their income.
I am somewhat depressed due to the exit of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones because the Black community was losing an exciting, hardworking public servant who had a heart for service. Michelle Spence-Jones will be missed in Miami-Dade County.
AMIkids Miami-Dade, a school and treatment program for at-risk teens, will soon mark 40 years of service in Miami-Dade County. To celebrate its anniversary, and to help raise much needed funds, AMIkids is hosting a bingo fundraising event on Saturday January
Wednesday, January 8
Fashion is a 400 billion dollar industry in the US. Well-dressed celebrities like June Ambrose, Solange Knowles, and Tracee Ellis-Ross help to fuel the fashion obsession that helps to keep the sell of clothing and accessories on the rise. Let’s take a look at some designers that are helping to bring African culture and style to the forefront of the fashion industry.
Macaroni and Cheese is a http://blackhistory2014.beta.lionheartdms.com/admin/news/story/add/#dish that is revered in the American Black kitchen. There are so many ways to make it and every recipe brings joy and delight to our taste buds.
However you feel about them it is never dry or ho-hum. Either you love Chitlin's and the way that they taste or you cannot stand the smell or even the thought of what you may be eating. Everybody feels strongly one way or the other about the Southern Soul Food delicacy. Let's get into what they are where they came from and potentially where Chitlin’s are going.
2013 could be considered the year where black music was not only heavily appropriated, but also appropriated to the point of no return.
While Black women are clearly underrepresented in films and on prime time comedies and dramas, the same cannot be said of our representation on reality television. The sheer number of reality programs on television today makes it difficult to determine if we are in some way “overrepresented,” however, Black women have been entertaining American households through this genre from its inception and continue to do so today.
Monday, January 6
Inventive and smart ways to keep the soul in your food while incorporating heart-healthy methods into your cooking.
Wednesday, January 1
At the beginning of the New Year, many people assemble a list of things they plan to start doing or several nagging bad habits that they intend to break. We often refer to this list of promises as a New Year’s resolution. And while the list usually includes things like changing one’s diet, getting out of debt, exercising, refraining from drinking alcohol and smoking or improving one’s character, studies indicate that close to 88 percent of those who set these resolutions fail to keep them.
Black Miami stands firm in criticism of efforts to “purge” shores of Haiti’s neighboring country
Last September, the high court of the Dominican Republic [DR] ruled that thousands of men, women and children of Haitian descent would retroactively lose their citizenship — even if they were born in the Dominican Republic, allegedly because they were “undocumented.” But after public outcry from Haitians in the Diaspora, including here in Miami, and from Blacks across the country, the U.S. State Department recently commented on a plan by the DR to restore legal status to those affected by the controversial citizenship ruling. The State Department said it still has “deep concerns” about the impact the decision will have.
Mt. Calvary M.B. Church invites the community to their Watch Night Service at 9 p.m. Tue. Dec. 31 Call 305-459-8226. New Seventy-ninth Word Church International invites the public to their Watch night service at 9:30 p m. Tue. Dec. 31 Call 305-606-3816. Northside Church of God invites the public to their Watch Night Service Tue. night at 10. Call 305-793-5425.
Filmmakers, producers in need of a jumpstart should attend
On Thursday, January 30, 2014, the Miami Airport Convention Center will be transformed into a hub for hundreds looking to help underwrite the cost of film and television productions for the first ever Product Placement Expo. Advertisers, product placement specialists, and company representatives will gather with creative artist in need of strategically integrating products in their productions.
I do hope everyone enjoyed Christmas. Have a safe and happy new year! Two very fine young ladies died last week, Frances Brown and Barbara Patterson. It was a terrible shock to me. They were loved by many and will be missed by all. My love goes out to both families. Wedding anniversary greetings go out to the following couples: Fletcher C. and Ida Young, 17 years. Michael D. Davrye G. Smith, Sr. 21 years. To all of us born in the month of December, happy birthday. Here’s to many years of happiness for all of us. Get well wishes go out to all of the sick and shut-ins:
Daycare business offering lifelong learning curriculum
Exposure, excellence and experience are the three things that Shawntravia Pointville lives by when running her three daycare locations. As a young adult, Pointville began a career as a correctional officer that showed exemplary skills in management, interpersonal communication and leadership skills which allowed her to get promoted to corporal.
After having a conversation with some friends a few weeks ago about the City of Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD), they were shocked to learn how much I knew about what was going on in Miami Gardens and wasn’t getting the Brothers of the Same Mind involved. And I was told I was wrong for having an “as long as they’re not bothering us attitude.”
During a press conference on Dec. 30th at Gibson Park in Overtown, Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado urged the public, as they do every year to not celebrate New Year’s Even with gun fire. With the recent string of gun violence in our Black communities, Edmonson encourages everyone to make this a safe holiday season by reminding the public that “One bullet kills the party”.
Little Haiti Optimist Club, Chef Creole and Commissioner Monestime play Santa Claus
Children and families in the Little Haiti community received added holiday cheer thanks to the Fourth Annual Little Haiti Optimist Club [LHOC] and Chef Creole Holiday Celebration and Toy Giveaway. The event, held on December 14th, was organized by the LHOC and supported by community groups and elected officials including Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime.
A recent study just released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that contrary to longstanding stereotypes about Black fatherhood, those who live with their children are just as involved as other dads who live with their kids – or more so. Seventy percent said they bathed, diapered or dressed their kids every day as compared to 60 percent of white fathers and 45 percent of Latino dads. Among Black
The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center will host its 30th annual Winter Arts Workshop from Dec. 23 to Jan 3, 2014 (excluding Christmas and New Year’s Day). The workshop features dance, drama, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music. Call 305-638-6771. The American Legion post #0165 invites all honorably discharged veterans to a free breakfast Sat. Jan. 11, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. Call 305-621-2376 or 305-836-8622.
Local philanthropists, encourage local youth to fulfill their dreams
What makes for a legend? That is the question that is addressed in the recently-released biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” While the filmmakers wanted to show the more personal side of Nelson Mandela, they also faced the arduous task of presenting a hero while also trying to
Buy-1-Give-1 to an orphan collection — unique way to give back
Raquel Alonso, a Cape Coral native, has always had a passion for traveling the world to serve others. As a teen and young adult, Alonso traveled to 13 different countries with various organizations serving as an interpreter. During that time, she worked with many kids and gained hands-on experience with a plethora of different cultures.
Obama, 2012 Time Person of the Year: Although President Obama’s second inaugural lacked the historical weight of his first, his presidency unveiled his widespread health insurance plan for Americans dubbed Obamacare. A major source of controversy due to its flawed website, Obamacare was a much discussed, bi-partisan topic. Later, he battled Congress on such issues as the sequestration and government shutdown, and spoke candidly about issues like privacy as it relates to the NSA leaks, immigration, same-sex marriages, and Nelson Mandela’s legacy.