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One Magnanimous Gesture - Eliminating College Loan Debts

Before yesterday, I hadn’t heard much about African-American businessman, philanthropist, and investor, Robert F. Smith.  However, today his name is firmly etched in my mind. When word of his unprecedented generosity to the 2019 Morehouse graduation class spread across television, radio, and social media, I was at first stunned, and then I began to smile.... Read more »

Honoring my 'Second Mother' - Aunt Audrea

My four siblings and I grew up with a ‘second mother.’ She was my Aunt Audrea, my mother’s older and only sibling, who was divorced with no biological children of her own. When we were children, my parents, maternal grandparents, and aunt lived in a six-flat apartment building on Chicago’s South Side, owned by my... Read more »

This is What Leadership Looks Like

I’ve never been to New Zealand, but it has been on the list of countries I would love to visit for a long time. In the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque tragedy which occurred there last week, my desire to visit New Zealand has heightened. From the numerous accounts I have heard from friends about... Read more »

Toni's Turn-Off

Last night as I listened to one candidate after another concede defeat in the Chicago mayoral election, I started to write a blog about how those speeches were gracious and civil. They were a breath of fresh air after months of contentiousness among and between some of the top candidates. Lori Lightfoot was also gracious... Read more »

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 »

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 »