Saturday, January 17, 2009

HipHopRepublican Guest-Blogging for BBC World News

UPDATE: is guest-blogging in DC for the BBC World News during this historic Inaugural, you can follow Richard ,Tiffany,Lenny,Marcus and Brandon as we provide commentary on this most historic inaugural.

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Two Warring Souls Reconciled: In the Age of Obama

By Richard Ivory

At the beginning of the 20th-century the Black Sociologist, W.E.B. Du Bois in his classic work The Souls of Black Folk sought to summarize the state of affairs for people of color at the time. He captured the dual reality of the tainted loyalty and rage which many blacks felt towards a nation that embodied the land of dreams, but which treated them as less than human. Du bois wrote “One feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder”. As I wait in anticipation for this historic inauguration, I strongly believe Barack Obama’s ascendency to America’s highest office reconciles these two warring souls.

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A Black Republican view on Obama as a World Example

By Tiffany Shorter

Even as a black Republican, it is not surprising to find that many black Americans from both sides of the political spectrum are excited about January 20, 2009. On this day Barack Obama becomes the 44th president, the first black president, and the first American president whose father is of direct African ancestry. I may view the President-elect, as a likable politician whose strategies I disagree with, but people around the world see Obama as an inspiration because of his achievements despite his skin color.As an American who has lived aboard, it is astonishing to find that Obama’s African heritage has become a source of personal victory for other minority groups abroad.

While many black Americans are confident that this nation has become a place of equality, black minority groups in Latin America and Europe are hoping that change will come to their communities. Race relations in other parts of the world unfortunately do not mirror American beliefs and practices of tolerance and empowerment. This is not to say that U.S. race relations are perfect with our wide salary and education disparities between blacks and whites; however, in the last ten years African Americans are successfully moving into higher political positions with greater authority.

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BBC Live Commentary-Marcus Skelton and Brandon Andrews will be providing live political commentary.
Brandon Andrews is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University. He currently serves as secretary for The RoundTable an organization focused on granting access to leadership, and empowering young leaders to positively affect their communities.
Marcus Skelton is the state chairperson of the DC Young Republicans he is from Washington, DC and recently ran for city council.
*Lenny McAllister to Talk of Fast, Politics on CNN This Weekend*
CNN-Lenny McAllister will also appear on CNN Saturday evening to discuss the Inauguration, the future of the Republican Party, and the impact of the Obama Presidency on Black America.

McAllister will appear at 8 PM EST on the popular cable network.
Lenny McAllister lives in the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area. Before graduating from prestigious Davidson College (NC), Lenny played a role in aiding the long process of procuring nationally- renowned Alpha Phi Alpha as the first historically Black fraternity established on the College's campus. He presently writes for online magazines and publications such as The Root (a Washington Post subsidiary), AOL Black Voices (,, and (Anderson Cooper 360.)
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Anonymous said...

Hey I saw Lenny on CNN with Don King you guys were great.

nico said...

yess... i have good idea after read this thanks :D