James Michael Brodie

Writer/author -- James Michael Brodie, a University of Colorado graduate in English, is a Baltimore-based writer, journalist, and author. His books include "Created Equal: The Lives and Ideas of Black American Innovators" and "Sweet Words So Brave: The Story of African American Literature." His current in-the works project is a collection of personal narratives tentatively titled "The CU Black and Gold Project."
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Open Letter to the New University of Colorado President

What a NY Times study found was that colleges like CU sought students from high schools in more affluent and White neighborhoods while ignoring talented students in less affluent, less White areas. They specifically cited CU's recruiting practices as an example.

Rough Tradition

Baltimore. My city. Gearing up for reaction to the first verdict in the trial of the officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. To say things are tense here would be an understatement. No one knows how people will feel, how people will react.

Some Thoughts on Race and Crime…

A lot of tough questions have to be addressed if we are to have a real conversation about race. And all of us have to face realities without excuses.

At the Movies in the White House

With all of the hoopla surrounding the films screened in the Obama White House, I got curious about what the past presidents watched. What follows is by no means complete, but an interesting bit of history.

Not So Academic

At least nine University of North Carolina employees have been fired or placed under disciplinary review for taking part in a cheating scandal that stretched over two decades and impacted some 3,100 students.

Promise and Problems

Self-proclaimed critics attempted to tie Michael Brown to the Gangsta Life of the rap songs and violence, concluding that a kid with no criminal record was no better than a thug. Perhaps these critics have forgotten about the past, when young children idolized the pirates of the 1700s, the cowboys of the 1800s Old West, and the gangsters, bank robbers and killers of the early 1900s for their criminal exploits.

Race-Based Research: A History Lesson for Mr. Ryan

  Have you ever asked yourself why someone would decide that it was somehow important to conduct comparatives studies on the intellectual outcomes of human beings based solely on skin...

Mandela Thoughts…

 He was the greatest leader of my lifetime...   As a student at the University of Colorado in the 1970s, I was part of an effort that fought against apartheid and...

The Gun Debate: A Perspective

When you see what guns can do in the wrong hands each and every day -- not just once in a blue moon -- there is no time for fantasy.

On a Cloudy Day

On a Cloudy Day By James Michael Brodie One night, years ago, I was driving down a quiet road at night with...