Some are saying, Michelle Obama is filling a role that Barack Obama seems less inclined to fill: serving as a kind of bridge from the White House to black America in much the same way that she functioned during the campaign.

Dr. William Michael Lynne, a full professor of consumer behavioral marketing at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration has been examining the relationship between gratuities and race since the late-80s but due to what he saw as a politically sensitive topic, Dr. Lynne only recently began to discuss some of the implications attached to the subject.

A mother of eight is the fifth Black woman to be found dead in a jail cell since mid-July. Mount Vernon, New York native Raynette Turner died in…