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Reflections on MLK Day 2019

Yesterday was the great Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, birthday. I am fortunate that I get to spend my days in an institution of higher learning where the man’s life and his message is meaningfully celebrated—many places … Continue reading

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Red Alert: 90% of junk food targeted to Black and Latinx kids Study finds

  A new study confirms what we already know — food companies target nearly 90% of junk food ads to black and latinx children. This is a 50% increase since 2013, while advertising to white children has declined. Their goal with … Continue reading

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Review of Daily Motivations for African-American Success by Dennis Kimbro

I’m a big fan of witticisms, pithy phrases, words of wisdom that have passed the trials of time, anything that keeps me motivated to strive to live my best life. What we seek we find. For example, while brewing up … Continue reading

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Review of Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

I first learned about James McBride’s Five-Carat Soul (2017) from the incomparable Levar Burton’s brilliant podcast “LeVar Burton Reads”. You’ll remember Mr. Burton from his long-running children’s program Reading Rainbow, as well as his work on Roots, and Star Trek.  On the podcast, … Continue reading

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Grace and the Soccer Grannies of South Africa

I had the extraordinary fortune of tuning into On Being with Krista Tippett the other day (shout out to Cleo Wade for including the podcast in the list of activities she embarks on as part of her regular self-care). Tippett’s … Continue reading

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Review of James McBride’s Kill ’em and Leave

  So, it’s actually been a while since I finished reading James McBride’s brilliant Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul (2016)—at least a month. The biography seals, for me, my personal classification of McBride … Continue reading

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They’re Walking Five Days Straight to Honor Harriet Tubman—and Black Women Everywhere

**This article is reposted from Yes! Magazine, a wonderful forum that spreads hope at a time when it may seem as if there is no hope to be had. The women of GirlTrek are traversing 100 miles of the Underground … Continue reading

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