Warm Canadian Memories on a Bitter Cold Chicago Day

When I was a college junior in the 1970s, I took advantage of a term abroad opportunity, spending January and February in Quebec City, Quebec, at Laval University. Laval is a French language, research university founded in 1852. Arriving at the Quebec City airport on a sunny cold day, I discovered that my trunk had... Read more »

Responses to My New Book: Interracial Relationships Between Black Women and White Men

It has been nearly four months since my book, Interracial Relationships Between Black Women and White Men was published.  I have received many responses from readers and am sharing a few from black women. I am pleased that overwhelmingly, my book has been met with very favorable responses. More importantly, I have heard from young... Read more »

Another View on Blackface

In these politically sensitive times in which we live, Megyn Kelly is the latest media personality to lose her television show based on comments she made regarding the acceptability of using ‘blackface’ as a part of one’s Halloween costume.  After considerable backlash on social media, Kelly apologized for her remarks to her colleagues and to... Read more »
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Just Another Comeuppance Week in America

Between today’s sentencing of Bill Cosby to prison for sexual crimes committed decades ago, and Brett Kavanaugh in the spotlight for alleged sexual transgressions he committed equally as long ago, I can hardly keep straight the number of victims and accusers. What I can keep straight though is that today’s headlines add yet another sordid... Read more »

A Life Worthwhile: Lorraine H. Morton

Evanston lost its first African American mayor, second female mayor, first Democratic mayor, and longest-serving mayor when Lorraine Morton died on September 8th, three months to the day shy of her 100th birthday.  To write that she was a ‘force of nature’ is an understatement.  With her always positive attitude, beaming smile, and genuine interest... Read more »

Reasons Why the Obama Foundation Center Needs to be in Woodlawn

Now that it appears that the Jackson Park location for the proposed Obama Foundation Center (OFC) site may be in jeopardy, I am writing to express my hope that Woodlawn is ultimately selected.  With lots of vacant land or dilapidated property located in Woodlawn, about a mile due west and a few blocks south of... Read more »
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Why We Gladly Give Aretha and John 'RESPECT'

I vividly remember Spring 1967 when Aretha Franklin’s song, RESPECT was released.  I was 13 years old and soon to graduate from eighth grade.  In our house, my sister and I took turns cleaning up the kitchen. One Saturday, it was my turn. Contemplating the work ahead of me, washing dishes, cleaning out the refrigerator,... Read more »

My New Book: Interracial Relationships Between Black Women and White Men

Greetings readers, I am so excited to share the news that my new book, Interracial Relationships Between Black Women and White Men, was released on June 15th.  This book, written for popular publication contains 40 interviews: eleven interviews with black women who are dating white men, 14 interviews with black women who are married to... Read more »

Meghan's Mother

While much of the world waited with bated breath last Saturday to see the wedding ceremony unfold between Prince Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle, my attention was focused on Doria Raglund, Meghan’s mother. From my first view of her months ago, complete with dreadlocks, my initial reaction was that I could hardly wait to see... Read more »
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White Like Her

It is hard to imagine how mystery writer Gail Lukasik must have felt when she discovered at age forty-nine a secret her mother likely hoped would never be uncovered–that she was passing for white. In her recent book, White Like Her, Gail writes that her mother left New Orleans as a mixed-race young woman to... Read more »