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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 »

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 »

On Raising Black Boys, Black Rhinos and Siberian Tigers in America

On Raising Black Boys, Black Rhinos and Siberian Tigers in America
  By their very definition, well-meaning people do not know when they are being offensive. Many have uncomfortably asked, “How are YOU feeling about everything that is going on in Florida Chicago New York City Ferguson, Missouri?” Others have proclaimed, “With EVERYTHING that is going on nowadays, I just pray that I have girls.” With... Read more »
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Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence: Is it more profitable to be in a gang in Chicago?

Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence:  Is it more profitable to be in a gang in Chicago?
(Previous post in series:  Are gang members mindless?) I am not proclaiming to have any answers. I’m just a girl, standing in front of a guy, asking him to love her. (Sorry, wrong pop culture reference.) I’m just a woman who, like Mahatma Gandhi, believes that commerce without morality is a deadly sin. I am... Read more »

Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence: Are gang members mindless?

Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence:  Are gang members mindless?
Confession time. I have a secret fascination with stories about unconventional solutions. Like in World War Z when Brad Pitt inoculated himself with an unknown disease in order to keep himself from getting eaten by zombies… I thought that was pure genius. …and the fact that a very hungry person, armed with nothing but Corn... Read more »

Correction: Guns DO kill people.

Correction:  Guns DO kill people.
Hadiya Pendleton was shot four blocks away from my house on a secluded block that I once dreamed of living on as a child.   Architecturally-unique row and townhomes line the street on both sides.   It is the last avenue before reaching the oasis of beautiful Lake Michigan.  The small street spans a distance of less... Read more »
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Election 2012: Do YOU have a motorcade parked in your backyard?

Today will be an intense day. I dropped my son off at daycare for the first time. It’s Election Day. I’ve only had 3 and a half hours of sleep and I’ve already drank two lattes. I’m wondering about the germs in the daycare and whether I should get the social security numbers of the... Read more »

A little boy died last night: Chicago, violence, and answers.

A little boy died last night: Chicago, violence, and answers.
THE ELUSIVENESS OF “SAFETY” A little boy was shot and killed this evening. One block away from my home. I live in the same community as our President.  His home is less than 8 blocks away. Less than a mile south of me, there are federal agents guarding one home and city cops protecting one... Read more »

Choosing Life over Death: Raising a Black Boy in Chicago

Hello friends.  It has been a while since my last entry.  If you are still out there reading my humble melting pot of thoughts, please forgive my absence.  I’ve been teaching my toddler to read. Yes.  I’ve been teaching my 21 month old son to read. If that sounds over the top and like it... Read more »
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Rahm Emanuel: A severe case of ‘Voter's Remorse’?

Rahm Emanuel:  A severe case of ‘Voter's Remorse’?
I’m going to ask the question that many people are thinking but are afraid to ask: Is it just me, or does Rahm Emanuel (kinda) suck as mayor? Like the majority of voters, I voted for Rahm. Yeah, I didn’t quite know what he stood for or how he was proposing to make the city... Read more »
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