The historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this past month in Singapore signaled a significant shift toward peace. This stood in stark contrast to the situation in April 2017 when I wondered whether the rapidly deescalating situation would lead to violence. I proposed a path to peace. With former NBA star Dennis Rodman as perhaps the only mutual friend of Trump and Kim, the latter acquaintance made through Basketball Diplomacy, Rodman stood in a unique position to bring the two leaders together. His efforts, in one way or another, made the Singapore summit a reality. Where their predecessors failed, Trump and Kim realized the potential for peace through the portal Rodman opened.
This past week, entertainer Kanye West set off a twitterverse supernova with a series of tweets promoting conservative causes, personal responsibility and freedom of thought in the African American community. The gist of Kanye’s thesis imagines African Americans as the mental slaves of corporate elites; those who encourage people, particularly African Americans, to hate President Trump and disregard his many accomplishments. Continue Reading
In this early part of 2014, a frontrunner has already emerged for the Nobel Peace Prize. Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has put together an all-star team of American NBA talent from the 1990s to compete against the national team of North Korea. The game, set to take place in Pyongyang on January 8, the 31st birthday of Dear Leader Kim Jong-un, will mark a significant diplomatic achievement between the two nations, at odds since the conclusion of the Korean War.