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Sat, 28.10.2017

The Idolatry of American Whiteness, by B. Mchie

Back in 2003 I watched a documentary on PBS called Race and the Power of Illusion. It brought back many memories of my life as a black man in America. It also dredged up many sensitive feelings I had and have regarding America’s major cog of racism; color. Growing up in the 20th century civil […]

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Fri, 02.06.2017

Back to some basics in African America, by B. Mchie

It is 2016 and in the contested racial relationship between black and white Americans there are three basics for blacks that need to be clearly reestablished in the 21st century. 1. America is not in a post civil rights era American civil rights bills and affirmative action from the last century serve as iconic accomplishments […]

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Sat, 08.10.2016

History + Culture = Heritage, by B. Mchie

Time and time again especially in the African American community we here elders in particular say the following. If you don’t know where you came from you’ll have difficulty knowing where you are going. Our forefathers in African America have placed a number of historic benchmarks to help present and future black citizens know where […]

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Fri, 30.09.2016

Simpson to Kaepernick and how the truth will set you free, by B. Mchie

African American Registry existed before the first black president in America and I recall advice given to me by a very smart and successful black woman. It came during a video interview for our ‘Voices That Guide Us’ narratives. She admired our mission and intent. Especially our educational works being factually astute and blending oral […]

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Thu, 26.05.2016

What happened to the Queen?, by B. Mchie

When my mother passed away I received many cards, phone calls of condolences from family and friends. One that still comes to mind 25 years later is that she was “My Oldest Friend.” She was not any more or less important to me than your mother was (is) to you but I bring her up […]

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Sat, 16.04.2016

The Unfinished Community Building in Black America, by B. Mchie

Phrases like “It takes a village to raise a child” are often used as a metaphor for old school neighborhoods, how our black ancestors lived and a romanticized past that many want back. In 2016, sometimes the village/community phrase feels like a cliché for African America. Its not to say this can’t be done but […]

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Sat, 20.07.2013

What Is Character Pt. I, by J. Marcus

What is character? If you look up the actual definition via Merriam-Webster, 2a: one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual. 2c: the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation. Now take a minute and think about what you believe to be […]

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Wed, 29.05.2013

Coming Out, by J. Marcus

Well, it finally happened. A gay man came out as a basketball player. Wait, I’m sorry, a basketball player came out as a gay man. Amidst the growing climate change that is the Civil Rights Movement’s current struggle, Equality for Gays, Jason Collins’ coming out literally helped the conversation move from behind closed doors out […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

If here and now be but a timely span Between today’s unhappiness, tomorrow’s Joys, what if today’s abundant sorrows Never end, tomorrow never comes, what then? If youth, impatient of the disrespect Accorded it,... HERE AND NOW by Catherine Cater.
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