In 2014, a lot of folks expressed their opinions. But not enough folks expressed informed opinions, as professional punditry has made a lot of people rich who are better at foaming at the mouth than they are actually sharing relevant information.
Fortunately, you could always come to Blackamericaweb.com to hear from some folks who had some actual information/experience/education behind their thoughts. Here are our top 10 commentaries of 2014 as selected by clicks, comments, and social sharing.
BAW newcomer Zach Burgess struck a chord with his column on Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson, who it was said wasn’t “Black’ enough for some of his teammates.
CNN broadcaster and BAW columnist Don Lemon also captured the attention of readers with his take on the always controversial Charles Barkley.
Months before the shootings of Michael Brown of the killing of Eric Garner, a CNN panel debated whether Americans had become too sensitive about race.
Longtime BAW columnist Michael Cottman took on Pastor Andy Thompson who made controversial comments about ‘hoes’ in a sermon that went viral. (Later in the year, Pastor Jamal Bryant would also use the term. Sigh.)
Our esteemed leader Tom Joyner took on a police officer who suggested that people would avoid bad results if they simply did what the police ordered no matter what the circumstances.
Like a lot of other living, breathing women, I thought Jeremy Meeks’ mug shot was hot, even if his backstory wasn’t so sexy. But I also thought that a man facing a lengthy prison sentence who never asked for the attention should get a break from the media.
After less than stellar showings at the Grammys and Oscars, I wondered if Black artists still needed validation from mainstream awards shows.
TJMS producer/author/columnist Nikki Woods told the story of the St. Louis that she personally knows as compared to the region that’s been in the spotlight as an example of the ongoing problems between Black youth and police.
TJMS producer/columnist/author/woman about town Deya Direct says single life doesn’t have to be without it’s, ahem, pleasures.
Tom Joyner talks about leaving a legacy behind – in his children and via his work raising money for HBCU’s.