ANDREW MARTINEZ

 
 

LATEST ARTICLES

Sept. 14 2009 6:34 PM
So the Cliff Notes version of Whitney’s world premiere, super-duper exclusive with Oprah, timed to coordinate with Whitney’s new CD, "I Look To You": Yes, Bobby really was as toxic a husband as he appeared to be. (But she really, really, really loved him.)
July 13 2009 10:58 PM
"There you go again." By that, I mean the GOP. Sen. Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, can’t seem to grasp that American jurisprudence is about more than just the application of the law to the facts, or that our Constitution has proven time and time again to be one of the most pliable, flexible, living, breathing documents ever to be written in the history of man....
June 29 2009 3:54 PM
The Supreme Court has spoken today, in a 5-4 ruling in favor of the firefighters in the controversial New Haven case (Ricci v. DeStefano), and they have once again opened up a serious Pandora’s box. This case has always troubled me on the merits because it smacks of "well intended "affirmative action policy that does nothing to move us forward...
May 13 2009 4:20 PM
It was a night that probably made Mos Def jealous and one that most Americans didn’t see coming. On Tuesday, Barack and Michelle Obama hosted an evening of entertainment that featured poetry, music, and you guessed it, spoken word. The event was held in the East Room of the White House, featured performances by James Earl Jones...
April 30 2009 6:26 PM
Let me be among the first to say that the move by some to rename ‘swine flu’ to ‘Mexican flu’ is offensive on its face and in its roots. It does everything to fuel unfounded fears, and it politicizes a serious health crisis in a thinly veiled effort to stoke hatred toward an already-vulnerable group. Worst of all, it doesn’t even blame the right people! ...
April 6 2009 2:00 PM
The mortgage industry has been crowing for a couple of years now about its good faith efforts to fix the failed loans that it shouldn’t have made in the first place. The point, of course, has been to avoid any government mandate on modifications—a goal they’ve thus far accomplished. But the proof is in the pudding, and over the weekend, a Treasury Department report served up the pudding. It tastes nasty....
March 31 2009 12:11 AM
Score one for investigative journalism. Back in December, THE ROOT spoke with reporter A.C. Thomspon about his exhaustive piece, published in THE NATION and ProPublica, on the vigilante murders of black New Orleans residents in the wake of Katrina. Thompson’s reporting found, among other things, disturbing signs that local police at least sanctioned, if not participated in some of the most grisly anti-black violence.
March 30 2009 10:14 PM
By now, a Monday morning downer on the front page shouldn’t faze me. But when the White House announced that GM and Chrysler had still not come up with meaningful enough restructuring plans to get tax money, I took it personally. That’s because I’m both black and from the Midwest and, thus, I know a whole lotta people who are in for a whole lot more pain. And yes, I’m going there: The industry’s collapse is a uniquely black problem....
March 30 2009 3:26 PM
Interesting piece on THE BEAST this morning regarding President Obama's curt dismissal of marijuana legalization: [T]he usually long-winded president—who famously admitted to his own youthful inhalations—answered with little more than a dismissive “No”...[saying] he doesn’t think legalization is a good strategy to grow our economy. Why not, Mr. President? Is our current strategy appreciably better?
March 27 2009 7:02 PM
Given my recent reaction to police (mis)conduct in the Ryan Moats incident, I found that I enjoyed Ross Douthat's 'Conservatives, Crime Policy and the Black Vote' piece for THE ATLANTIC, particularly his thoughts on prison reform as an example of a shift in policy without a compromise of belief....

March 21 2009 6:00 PM
I was in a taxi, about a mile from the World Trade Center, when the first plane hit on September 11. I remember the streets of New York being filled with smoke, and people wandering around dazed, like something out of a doomsday movie. I remember the free-floating fear, and thinking, “We are at war....”

March 18 2009 10:48 AM
Somehow Lou Dobbs managed to turned St. Patrick's Day into an excuse to make racist Asian jokes. Media Matters' County Fair blog flagged his rant today against "ethnic holidays" and in favor of "an American day, a we're all the same kind of day." But Dobbs gave the lie to his call for unity before he even got it out of his mouth....

March 17 2009 5:25 PM
Pope Benedict XVI apparently sees grace in ignorance. Today, he used the opening moments of his first trip to Africa to reiterate the Church's opposition to condom use. Feels crazy just to type that out. Even worse when it's being trotted around a continent with more than 22 million people already HIV positive, not to mention the host of other STD and family-planning concerns that Africans face....

March 1 2009 12:00 PM
Newly-elected Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele flew to Los Angeles over the weekend for The Tavis Smiley Festival (better known as the annual “State of the Black Union” conference)--the latest sign he is determined to tout the GOP to every black audience he can. He had pledged this during his campaign for the job, but I suspect the members of the almost all-white Republican National Committee did not expect their chairman to express his desire for “off the hook” strategies to woo young voters....