There are tons of things that annoy me, as many of you know. However, in the spirit of the season I thought I’d mention some of the things that I thought were actually positive in 2007. Part of the inspiration for this list came from PHX who commented on The Black

[Dad] List: Year in Review. I’ll admit that the “nice” list was a little harder for me to come up with than the “naughty” list. But in the end I think I like this one more. Here’s the list is in no particular order:

1. Oprah – She puts her money where her mouth is. She opened a school for girls in Africa earlier this year and we can’t let controversy overshadow that kind of philanthropy. She is a passionate and a powerful symbol of how hard work can lead to unimaginable success and respect. Plus, as she has proven through stumping for Obama, she’s fearless.

2. Roland G. Fryer – This young black man is changing the face of economics and the way we think about achievement in education in poor African American communities. I had a chance to see him speak a couple of months ago at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture here in NYC and he was riveting. I’m such a groupie.

3. Barack Obama – He’