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Marching for a change of heart
For what seems like longer than usual, those protesting the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and the seemingly growing list of African-American men who have died at the hands of police officers have sustained and gained momentum. People of all ages, races and geographic locations have not halted their […]
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Talk to strangers
Today, I had a very interesting conversation with a stranger. It’s something I do as often as someone will entertain my invitation to talk. While waiting for a carry-out order in a chain restaurant, I sat next to a middle-aged white lady who was also waiting. The sights and sounds […]
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Jobs without preparation still equal unemployment
Every election, and political discussion in between, yields the topic of jobs; job creation, availability, and access. But, nowhere in the conversation is job readiness and preparation. People can easily get by on the promise of “bringing jobs” to the community, but what happen when those who need them most […]
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I don’t do late, and neither should you
Of our many assets, time is undoubtedly the most valuable. Unlike material things, it cannot be duplicated or replaced and should be respected as such. Disrespecting time—mine and yours—is the ultimate insult, and should never be an option. I am still fuming from a recent situation, but rather than simply […]
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Men Matter
As we celebrate Father’s Day, men will take a bow at center stage. Yet, it shouldn’t be just one day, but instead every day that we recognize and respect the importance and impact of men in our lives, family and community. I recently had the opportunity to interview several men […]
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Sterling: Sad, but true
Two days ago, Donald Sterling was the longest standing owner in the NBA, was scheduled to receive his second Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP, and looked forward to cheering his LA Clippers in the playoffs.  Today, everyone from President Barack Obama to NBA players—past and present, seek to make […]
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We must remove our racially tinted glasses
Detroit’s most recent black eye is the beating of a man who accidentally hit a child, and then did the right thing by stopping. For some incomprehensible reason, several people began beating Steven Utesh. The attack put him in critical condition, where he remains today. The issue of Utash being […]
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My CTS Experience
I was flattered to receive a message asking if I would be willing to drive a 2014 Cadillac CTS, and participate in a survey about my experience. Having been a former but longtime customer of the GM Cadillac (Escalade) brand, I agreed knowing it would at least be nice. I […]
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Empowerment over politics
It amazes me that whenever there is a discussion about the socials ills we face as a county and community, the conversation inevitably turns to politics and elected officials. Somewhere along the line, people have come to believe that politics and politicians are both the sole cause and solution to […]
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The N-Word
I can’t think of any one word that has created and sustained such an ongoing but never resolved discussion as the N-word. The meaning, impact, whether it should be said and by whom is oft debated, but rises above the average conversation when it makes its way onto the national […]
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Remembering Angelo
The news hit hard and fast: Angelo Henderson had died.  I was sitting at my desk trying to make sense of what I had hoped were rumors flying furiously over social media and text messages.  Once confirmed, I cried. The days following have been filled with seemingly endless albeit appropriate […]
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Keep Going…
It’s one of my favorite sayings, and I use it at every opportunity because I find it appropriate regardless of the circumstances. That is because everyone, no matter where they are or are trying to go, gets tired, discouraged or considers giving up. Life is full of challenges at every […]
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Moms must grow up, too
I searched the Internet for a cool word or coined phrase to accurately describe this phase my life. I found a few, but nothing whose definition accurately matched mine. I had even wondered if other mothers felt this way, until I had a conversation with a friend who shared my […]
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Name? Age? Sexual Orientation?
I’m happy for Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football player who recently “announced” that he was gay; I’m happy because he’s happy, not because I now know his sexual orientation.  But, in this day and age I am still struggling with why this matters and who really needs to […]
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Altered Images: Honor or disrespect?
There was the picture of President Barack Obama made to resemble Hop-Hop artist 2 Chainz; then, there were the seemingly endless party flyers and Instagram posts with an edited image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to include gold chains and peace signs. Are these images disrespectful, or simply an […]
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Who’s to blame?
The high profile death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has seemingly set off a hunt to find the guilty party to whom his death can be attributed. Hoffman was open about his heroine addition, even to his alleged drug dealer. A few days after his body was found in his […]
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Once upon a time when schools were safe
When the news about the 9/11 terrorist attacks began to surface, people understandably panicked. All over the country, they left work and took their kids out of school. I was already at my children’s school for a meeting with the headmaster, but took the time to go and see my […]
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Hoodies are not weapons
The “hoodie” has long been a fashion statement, but today it seems to be turning into a more serious conversation. What was sparked by the Trayvon Martin killing has spilled over into numerous incidents around the country where the “hoodie” somehow now signifies more than a person simply wearing a […]
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Obama to American men: Man up
The matter of sexual assaults on college campuses has reached The White House. And, that’s a good thing. For as much as people decry government intervention in their personal lives, the reality is that there is room and reason to call for more responsible action in many areas. And, this […]
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Time to let it go
The recent NFL championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49’ers was almost completely overshadowed by a social media firestorm about Pam Oliver’s hair. I watched as Facebook and Twitter came alive and she emerged as a trending topic, nearly all of which the comments were brutal. […]

Marching for a change of heart
For what seems like longer than usual, those protesting the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and the seemingly growing list of African-American men who have died at the hands of police officers have sustained and gained momentum. People of all ages,...

Talk to strangers
Today, I had a very interesting conversation with a stranger. It’s something I do as often as someone will entertain my invitation to talk. While waiting for a carry-out order in a chain restaurant, I sat next to a middle-aged white lady who was al...

Jobs without preparation still equal unemployment
Every election, and political discussion in between, yields the topic of jobs; job creation, availability, and access. But, nowhere in the conversation is job readiness and preparation. People can easily get by on the promise of “bringing jobs” t...

I don’t do late, and neither should you
Of our many assets, time is undoubtedly the most valuable. Unlike material things, it cannot be duplicated or replaced and should be respected as such. Disrespecting time—mine and yours—is the ultimate insult, and should never be an option. I ...

Men Matter
As we celebrate Father’s Day, men will take a bow at center stage. Yet, it shouldn’t be just one day, but instead every day that we recognize and respect the importance and impact of men in our lives, family and community. I recently had the o...