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F*** THE POLICE…UNIONS

I have had a very long and complicated relationship with the police in America. I have been stopped, harassed and handcuffed for being Black in “high crime “ areas. Driving while Black was a precarious situation myself and friends talked about regularly and the fear police displayed as I grew older, stronger, and looked more […]

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HOSPICE CAREGIVERS

Let me give the biggest shout out… Much respect due… to all the ladies and gentlemen who serve as hospice workers. For the uninitiated, hospice care generally involves the palliative care of patients most associated with serious and often terminal illnesses (essentially the focus of providing patients relief from pain as well as mental and […]

SELF EMPOWERED NOT SEPARATIST

I am neither the anointed nor self-appointed Voice of African Americans. My opinions are varied and constantly evolving, because life is ever changing. However, one subject has remained fundamentally the same during my lifetime and far proceeding it: the need for self-sufficiency and self-empowerment in the African American community. I have been to many cities […]

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FATHERS

Our society, and America in particular, is moving further and further away from what used to be deemed nuclear or traditional relationships. I realize I may be a king of oversimplification but by traditional I mean a mother, father and children residing in the same household. Society has changed significantly and gone are the days […]

AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

GUN CONTROL

The topic sets off a variety of emotions and thoughts that run across a wide spectrum, but in reality there are really only two sides to this coin: People for gun control and people adamantly against it. The two sides are fervent when it comes to the issue, invoking varying degrees of sense and non-sensibility. […]

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WISH A N**** WOULD

By Richard Ray:   For most of my teenage and young adult life I lived in a perpetual state of “I wish a N**** would” The angry Black man who’s very state of being was a Public Enemy soundtrack. My high school yearbook quote was by Melly Mel: “Don’t Push me cause I’m close to […]

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Believe Em

“A friend once said, and I found to be true That everyday people, they lie to God too So what makes you think, that they won’t lie to you” Lauryn Hill- “Forgive Them Father”   People really are who they are. No, this is not a paraphrasing of Popeye, but one of those fundamental truisms […]