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We Hold These Truths: Black, White and In-Between - Meet Brian Thomas

The interracial experience is something, as a child, I observed from afar with a slight sense of envy.  Children born into this life, intimately experiencing the best of many cultures, felt like an advantage that only a select few were chosen to have.   With their curls so fluffy and mine so tight, growing up I... Read more »

We Hold These Truths: Meet Arjun Pandya, The Indian American You Want On Your Squad

Though Indian Americans are the third largest Asian group in the United States, they comprise of only 1% of the United States population.   As (statistically) one of the wealthiest ethnic communities in the country, I wanted to profile an Indian American to learn how I, too, might become rich. (Yes, I’m kidding.) As I challenged... Read more »

We Hold These Truths: Meet the Real Face of Black Chicago, William Taplin

We Hold These Truths:  Meet the Real Face of Black Chicago, William Taplin
Full Disclosure:  I respect William.  In an old-school, southern boy twice-removed sort of way, he reminds me a lot of my dad.  While I initially hesitated in interviewing two Black men back-to-back, I thought that William’s perspective was both timely and needed.  As the nation continues to try to figure out what to do with... Read more »
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We Hold These Truths: Meet Evan F. Moore

We Hold These Truths:  Meet Evan F. Moore
Here is a reality that was tough for me to accept:  Writers come a dime a million. Good writers come a dime a hundred.  Successful writers?  That’s usually where the math gets a little tricky. Why is this the case? It’s because everyone believes they are a writer. The guy at the register at the gas... Read more »

I'm Black and I don't want the Confederate flag to be banned

I'm Black and I don't want the Confederate flag to be banned
For months, I’ve wanted to write about the state of race relations in this country but the words never came to me.  I convinced myself that it was fair to avoid the topic, as my brain was enamored with rewriting pages upon pages of dialogue for a manuscript, and my mind just couldn’t make the... Read more »

The Bullsh-t of Stripping Jackie Robinson West’s Little League Championship Title

The Bullsh-t of Stripping Jackie Robinson West’s Little League Championship Title
          Here’s the thing. I promise I am a Christian.  I love God and I try very hard to live by the tenants set forth by Christ. I have read through the entire Bible and am currently doing it for a second time. I love doing Bible quizzes and I am... Read more »
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Eric Garner, everyday White people and the lack of discourse around race.

“But, say you, surely there is nothing easier than for me to imagine trees, for instance, in a park and nobody by to perceive them.[...] The objects of sense exist only when they are perceived; the trees therefore are in the garden no longer than while there is somebody by to perceive them.” George Berkeley,... Read more »

Amara Enyia: The woman who plans to beat Rahm Emanuel

Amara Enyia:  The woman who plans to beat Rahm Emanuel
Never again. I say this to myself whenever I think back on that fateful day almost four years ago.  The day when I fought cold and snow to complete my civic duty. When I walked into the voting booth, I was confident in how I would cast my vote.  Like many other Chicagoans, it was... Read more »

Rice, Peterson, Marshall: Celebrity scandals prove that celebrities are tragic and flawed, just like everyone else.

 Rice, Peterson, Marshall:  Celebrity scandals prove that celebrities are tragic and flawed, just like everyone else.
For a short time, the universe seemed to support my avoidance of this topic. A broken laptop, a demanding infant, a precocious preschooler… A new season of Oprah’s Life Class. Beginning to read a new book. Finally learning how to smother chicken. Yes, these things were all sufficient reasons for not writing about Ray Rice,... Read more »
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The revolution will have a #hashtag: Seven lessons from Ferguson

The revolution will have a #hashtag: Seven lessons from Ferguson
A great American author once said, “To be Black and conscious in America means to be in a constant state of rage.” While I’m in no position to improve upon the words of James Baldwin, I would like to slightly tweak this statement. To be Black and conscious in America is to have Black nationalism... Read more »
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