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James Ainsworth
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Journalist and writer; ancestral African witnessing planetary awakening in a new globa era; inner seeing, knowing
Journalist and writer; ancestral African witnessing planetary awakening in a new globa era; inner seeing, knowing

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Tomorrow Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President, as a tremendous wave of sadness at seeing Barack Obama leave and comparing his style, grace and leadership to the coarseness, anger and pettiness of Trump. Obama was certainly a Hollywood favorite, but he also touched American culture and expanded the notion of what a President can do and be. He had his failings and limitations - as all Presidents do - but his 2 terms were certainly consequential.
































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Hip hop refrains - pro and con - resonated with references to America's first Black President. 

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"Mr. Obama’s failure to take to the bully pulpit on race unhappily coincided with the rise of racial demagogues..." Michael Eric Dyson lucidly explains the disparities of the Barack Obama's inability to take cogent and meaningful policies and stands on race, which became an expression of his weakness and his personal shadow or blind side.

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Now that we are in the last few days of Barack Obama's Presidency, much is being made of his legacy. Despite the whining criticism of right-wing media, objective measures such as reducing unemployment, saving the country from a global depression, saving the auto industry, expanding health care coverage for 20 million people, negotiating an international climate change treaty, stopping Iran's nuclear bomb program, killing Osama Bin Laden, increasing the use of renewable clean energy sources and presiding over an economy that has tripled America's investment values - Barack Obama has executed a successful presidency. But unfortunately racial tensions and polarization have heightened, and Obama has fallen short on social issues where could have demonstrated stronger leadership. Within moments of eloquence, Obama's inaction or silence left desperate wounds to fester and deteriorate that we are still struggling to heal.

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Things are coming to the surface in South Africa, and the issues of justice and politics are profound, powerful and complicated.


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I love this presentation on economic empowerment - this is critical part of the equation in the conversation about the struggles of African Americans.

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Beyond the fantastic plot twists and edginess of the Westworld season finale, Jeffrey Wright has some fascinating things to say about President Elect Trump and the troubling conflicts behind a divided country.

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So many things in human society are not black and white, not entirely good or bad or light or dark, but shades of gray. There's some truth in between the opposite perceptions of people. I loved this essay by Sean Penn, because it was personal, and it told of a personal encounter. There can be a lot truth and light in personal memories...

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It all came down to just 5 counties...

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I've heard rumblings of other electors having reservations about voting for Donald Trump. I doubt this will go anywhere, but it is a reflection of levels of resistance and ongoing conflict surrounding a Trump Presidency.
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