Author Archive: Brenda Robinson

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

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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 Troops were withdrawn in increments, with final brigades […]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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60 years after Brown, schools still need fixing

60 years after Brown, schools still need fixing

| May 28, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Sixty year ago, America’s school systems were ordered desegregated. This action followed the case that became known as Brown v Board of Education. The main focus was whether or not states had the right to sponsor segregation in their schools. Well, that order changed the face of America in more ways than […]

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Being a leader: Going beyond what is required

Being a leader: Going beyond what is required

| May 26, 2014

Editor’s note: On May 21, 14-year-old Lauryn E’Leesia Jones was award the 2014 Youth Humanitarian Award by the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana. Prior to her selection, Ms. Jones was asked to submit an essay on leadership to the Red Cross. Frost Illustrated recently was granted the privilege of publishing that insightful essay on […]

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Michael Sam’s draft signals change, progress in NFL, America

Michael Sam’s draft signals change, progress in NFL, America

| May 20, 2014

By Brenda Robinson There are a lot of things America has gotten wrong, but within the last month, America got two of three things right. Three leading news stories, within the referenced time period, prove the point. Firstly, the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Michigan’s ban on affirmative action was wrong. However, secondly, the Obama’s administration’s […]

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Spotlight on benefit fashion show for Joyce McGown

Spotlight on benefit fashion show for Joyce McGown

| May 20, 2014

By Jeanie Summerville Whatz up, babies? As always, I hope all is well with you and yours and that, you’re still taking some time out on a daily basis to bring yourselves and others some joy, beauty, happiness and some form of peace of mind as we travel on our journey of love to get […]

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