Author Archive: Eric Donald Hackley

Eric Hackley is a veteran independent journalist, television show host and producer focusing largely on history, particularly family history in the black community. His award-winning public access television shows have featured a host of local and national icons. Hackley can be contacted at hackonomicstv@gmail.com.

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Writing a book is therapeutic

Writing a book is therapeutic

| December 4, 2013

Uncut Special Presentation: From time to time, Frost Illustrated exercises its commitment to present voices straight from the community. Oftentimes, those voices insist on getting across a totally uncensored message to preserve their cadence and context. In an effort to honor such voices, we offer the following Uncut Special Presentation unedited and written exactly as the […]

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Local insight into the ‘redskins’ issue

Local insight into the ‘redskins’ issue

| November 22, 2013

Eric Hackley interviews Indiana Miami Nation Chief Brian Buchanan, Brother Kevin Muhammad of the Nation of Islam and talk show host/producer Terry Doran

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A personal journey toward genealogy, colonization, Fort Wayne history

A personal journey toward genealogy, colonization, Fort Wayne history

| November 15, 2013

How did I become interested in genealogy, colonization and Fort Wayne history? To fully answer that question, you will need to accompany me on a journey that began many years ago, during my junior year at Elmhurst High School. A life altering moment happened one day in my U.S. History class that was being taught by Mr. Robert Passwater.

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Michelle and Jada Baymon: Not afraid to take on a challenge

Michelle and Jada Baymon: Not afraid to take on a challenge

| November 12, 2013

Eric Hackley interviews Michelle Baymon and daughter Jada Baymon, who plays football for Shawnee Middle School.

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The twisted saga of Fort Wayne ‘HIS-Story’ continues…

The twisted saga of Fort Wayne ‘HIS-Story’ continues…

| October 19, 2013

As the 219th Anniversary of Fort Wayne HIS-Story approaches, why is there no enthusiasm leading up to Fort Wayne’s birthday? Isn’t there community curiosity concerning what Anthony Wayne did to warrant a statue of his likeness and a city named in his honor?

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The spirit of independence: A Jamaican mindset

The spirit of independence: A Jamaican mindset

| October 9, 2013

Eric Hackley interview with Pastor Donovan Coley, CEO of the Rescue Mission— Jamaica was colonized first by the Spanish, then the British. How did the Jamaican natives avoid developing a double dosage of slave mentality?

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Blacks escalate war on HIS-Story, slave mentality

| October 3, 2013

There is a psychological dilemma facing Fort Wayne vlacks that no one seems to want to directly and forthrightly address. The reason for this reluctance is contained in the “perceived risk” of publically looking like you don’t like white people.

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Reflections on Vietnam: Interview with the late USMC Corporal Charles Jones

Reflections on Vietnam: Interview with the late USMC Corporal Charles Jones

| September 26, 2013

Eric Hackley interviews well-known playwright, poet, activist and Vietnam veteran Charles Augusta Jones about his experiences in the Vietnam War.

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Fort Wayne HIS-Story reform

| September 10, 2013

THE HACKLEY REPORT by Eric Donald Hackley The only state of politicians better at re-writing history than those in Texas are those located in Indiana. Texas has only totally reframed slavery, equating it with being an unpaid intern. Indiana on the other hand, has literally deleted Indians from Indiana history and out of Indiana public […]

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Interview with Hana Stith

Interview with Hana Stith

| September 10, 2013

What originally gave you the idea to start an African American Museum?
Hanna Stith: In 1975 when Fort Wayne began to celebrate America’s bicentennial, there were no blacks involved in the actual planning of the 1976 celebration, America’s 200th anniversary.

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