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Jabari Asim is a fresh voice for newspaper op-ed pages. His weekly column, syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group, discusses everything from politics to social issues to popular culture. His background as a book critic and a poet, plus his newspaper experience as a book editor, arts...

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Yet Another Actor Acting Out

“Grey’s Anatomy’’ star Isaiah Washington’s recent meltdown was as puzzling as it was repulsive.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007


Jabari Asim: Bone-Deep Similarities

Recent anthropological research suggests that our African and Eurasian ancestors were more genetically similar than we had thought.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007


Jabari Asim: Epithetical Distinctions

One of the poets credited with giving birth to rap music gives us another take on the most taboo racial epithet of them all.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007


Jabari Asim: Lyrics Rated M, for Murderous

Are rappers’ ultra-violent rhymes a sign of lethal intent or just a cry against oppression?

Posted on Dec 25, 2006


Jabari Asim: Invisible Men

Despite their courage and achievements in the Revolutionary War, blacks usually went unnoticed.  Now, finally, one such man receives some recognition.

 

Posted on Dec 18, 2006


Jabari Asim: Paying Homage Isn’t Plagiarism

Let’s cut authors like Ian McEwan a little slack and allow him to “sample” from other works in the same way that every other artist does.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006


Jabari Asim: Here We Go Again

The recent shooting of an unarmed black man in New York is another chapter in a long and heartbreaking tradition.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006


Jabari Asim: Overcoming the Stigma

In advance of World AIDS Day, a new anthology confronts the stigma of HIV in the black community.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006


Jabari Asim: Same Old Party

The Republicans’ choice of Trent Lott for minority whip exposes the party’s disingenuous lip service to black voters for what it is.

Posted on Nov 21, 2006


Jabari Asim: The Rise of the Black Republican

Maryland’s African-American voters had to make a difficult decision on Nov. 7—whether to send Michael Steele, a black Republican, to the Senate, or instead back a party some feel takes them for granted.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006



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