Author Archive: Brenda Robinson

Brenda Robinson is an NNPA Emory O. Jackson award-winning columnist for Frost Illustrated.

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The Lord sent UNCF gift—even if devil had to deliver it

The Lord sent UNCF gift—even if devil had to deliver it

| July 29, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Prior to his death in 2009, Oral Roberts, an American Pentecostal televangelist and president of Oral Roberts University, stirred up controversy with his alleged receipt of millions of dollars from a contributor’s gambling payout. A Fort Wayne minister made a clever statement about the alleged contribution. The minister said, “Sometimes the Lord […]

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Some harsh truths behind the immigration debate

Some harsh truths behind the immigration debate

| July 22, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Politics are as American as apple pie. We expect any United States Congress and any U.S. president to engage in politics, reading the pulse of voters, in most cases, before making decisions or setting policy. However, there are situations so crucial and potentially counterproductive that politics must take a back seat for the […]

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The Rev. Al Sharpton—fearless advocate for the voiceless

The Rev. Al Sharpton—fearless advocate for the voiceless

| July 15, 2014

By Brenda Robinson He has been referred to as fake, opportunist, trouble maker, racist, and even a man who preys upon the very people he claims to help.  However, his critics got it wrong.  The Rev. Al Sharpton has historically held America accountable for unfair practices and downright racism.  The most recent incident, a California […]

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Collective bargaining essential for committed workforce,vibrant economy

Collective bargaining essential for committed workforce,vibrant economy

| July 11, 2014

By Brenda Robinson The pending approval by the City Council of the firefighters most current contract causes a reflection of last month’s end of collective bargaining for city employees who are not firefighters are police officers. The vote, along party lines, with six Republican voting to overturn Mayor Tom Henry’s veto and three Democrats voting […]

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Black Music Month fitting time to honor memory of Michael Jackson

Black Music Month fitting time to honor memory of Michael Jackson

| June 29, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Where were you June 25, 2009? Just as most Americans remember what they were doing when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, most Americans also remember when the King of Pop died. Michael Jackson died of a fatal overdose of an anesthetic, commonly used to put patients to […]

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The complex religious issues of Iraq

The complex religious issues of Iraq

| June 24, 2014

  By Brenda Robinson The Iraq civil war, between the two main sects in the country, the Sunnis and Shiites, has resurfaced, just as predicted by the Obama administration critics. Some politicians and American citizens said President Barack Obama should have left American security forces in Iraq. Troops were withdrawn in increments, with final brigades […]

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Long time south side business man ‘Sarge’ Edwards crosses over

Long time south side business man ‘Sarge’ Edwards crosses over

| June 21, 2014

FORT WAYNE—A page of city business history turned recently with the passing of of a long time entrepreneur who made his mark on the south side of Fort Wayne. For years, the name “Sarge” Edwards graced the south Calhoun Street business district not only with the sign that hung outside the local State Farm Insurance […]

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Al Cowlings: The real lesson in the O.J. Simpson case

Al Cowlings: The real lesson in the O.J. Simpson case

| June 19, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Twenty years ago, the ex-wife of O.J. Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, were found brutally murdered outside her Brentwood, California home. Seven days after the June 12, 1994 murders, Simpson was charged with the crimes. A generation of Americans have gone from birth to young adults, since those […]

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Hypocrisy over the Bergdahl affair

Hypocrisy over the Bergdahl affair

| June 10, 2014

By Brenda Robinson As of last week, we do not know why Sqt. Bowe Bergdahl, five years ago, left his U.S. post in Afghanistan. Actually, we still don’t know if he left “on his own free will” or if he was taken off base by the Taliban or some other terrorist group. We don’t even […]

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Remembering Maya Angelou: A friend to all

Remembering Maya Angelou: A friend to all

| June 5, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Not only America, but the world has a heart kinda heavy.  Maya Angelou, Ph.D.,  died last week and the world lost a poet, writer, producer, actress, activist, civil rights leader, composer, singer, dancer and educator.  However, most of all, we lost a friend. What made Angelou the nation and world’s friend?  Firstly, […]

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