Politics in the Classroom

Politics in the Classroom

By Tom Robotham  Recently an old friend shared on Facebook a link to a two-year-old article in The Staten Island Advance—a paper for which I used to work—about a New York City resident who was upset by a vocabulary question on his 11-year-old daughter’s homework...
The Attucks at 100: The Apollo of the South

The Attucks at 100: The Apollo of the South

By Jerome Langston On this unseasonably warm, mid-week day, there is little activity happening outside of Norfolk’s historic Attucks Theatre, the performing arts venue famously situated at the corner of Church Street and Virginia Beach Boulevard. That is also the case...
A Nation in Denial

A Nation in Denial

By Tom Robotham Two years ago, I delivered a talk at the Tidewater Community College Literary Festival called “Scenes from a White Boy’s Life,” in which I reflected on my lifelong efforts to understand “the problem of the color line,” as W.E.B Du Bois put it. I talked...
Of Youth and Age

Of Youth and Age

By Tom Robotham I am not going to make age an issue in this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience. – Ronald Reagan   Now that 2019 is underway, it won’t be long before the next presidential campaign begins...
Black History Month Guide

Black History Month Guide

Compiled by Staff Following is a variety of concerts, art exhibitions, theater productions, and various events in celebration of Black History Month in Hampton Roads.    Portraits of Service: Portsmouth African Americans in the Military, 1946-67 January 18...