“As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns; the ones we do know we don’t know.” Bush Sec. Def. Donald Rumsfeld 2/12/2002
In our inaugural edition, we have taken up where H.L. Mencken’s left off — “A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.” You will read about Sister Hillary’s relentless pursuit of the African American vote (following the Obama playbook, immortalized as “saying makes it so, no action required”). In another article, we will look at Brother Obama’s grab for the brass ring (aka the legacy conundrum), how history will square the circle —his fervent promises when vote-getting was the mission, his failure to perform when Donor ROIs took priority. Remember “Hope and Change?” We’re serving up a fanciful piece on how it might have been for one of Obama’s legion of perennially hopeful believers. And we’ll end with a saunter down memory lane’s famous and infamous takes on American elections.
SPOILER ALERT: Issue 2 will take an up close and personal look at HCBUs (historically black colleges and universities) and the national non-profit set pup to protect their interests, support their growth, and provide the financial wherewithal to insure their viability. What happened is a glorious dream come to fruition thanks to a few truly awesome black leader-educators followed by a generation of misleaders whose gaze traveled no further than their own self-interest — leadership as a stepping stone to bigger and better opportunities and the creation of million dollar fortunes. PLUS a chapter from a work-in-progress — a non-fiction examination of what was once the most recognizable brand in non-profit history and is now a poor relation of the Koch brothers — the United Negro College Fund. Told by an insider privileged to have the opportunity to hear the creation story from the men who made it happen.
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