Michael Kenneth Williams

Beautiful, Black, Man The following sentence rests at the root and the spirit of America.The bodies of Black Men are to be worked and to be used for the service of America.The trauma associated with this truth rests in the muscles and ligaments of young Black boys way before they are ever able to understand […]readmore

Thinker's Notebook

Lift Every Voice!

In the 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama received 69,498,516 votes on his way to becoming the 44th President of the United States. At the time, that figure represented the most votes ever tallied for a candidate in the history of the voting process. Obama’s campaign was book-ended by community organizing. It was the foundation of […]readmore

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Quarantine Has Created Possibilities

In New York State, parents of school-aged children had the option to choose if they wanted their children to adhere to a blended schedule for school, or if they were going to do a full remote learning schedule. The blended schedule has the child reporting to the school for instruction on specific days, and learning […]readmore

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Why You Should Stay Away From Borough Park

Thinker’s NotebookMarlon Rice People in my neighborhood are pretty responsible when it comes to Covid.Walking along Greene Avenue or down Lafayette Avenue, you come across people who are mostly masked. Many of those who aren’t will don their mask as they pass you. Lines to enter coffee shops are queued up in a responsible manner. […]readmore

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An Ode to the Children of the 80’s

Thinker’s NotebookMarlon RiceI grew up in the 80’s. The 80’s were an interesting decade, especially if you lived in Brooklyn. The 80’s were the last decade where you had to actually get up from the couch to turn the channel on the television. When someone rang your doorbell, you either walked down the steps to […]readmore

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The Lesson in the Mural

I just got off of the phone with a beautiful group of men and women. Collectively, we were responsible for creating the bulk of the programming on the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Restoration. If you read this column weekly, then you are well aware that I worked on the Friday programming at […]readmore

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Summer Youth Employment Matters

On October 26, 2019, Isaiah, then 17, and his brother were leaving a party in Staten Island. As they stepped out of the house, they were approached by two police officers. The officers frisked Isaiah and his brother and handcuffed them, even though they weren’t found to have any contraband on them and they hadn’t […]readmore