Opinion

Racial hate born of helplessness

Racial hate born of helplessness

| April 23, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Life’s tough, isn’t it? Professionals, theologians, lay people and just plain folk have tried for centuries to make sense of senseless crimes whereby innocent people are murdered, for no understandable reasons. Among those puzzling murders are those labeled “hate crimes.” And, when a gunman opened fire at a Jewish Center and an […]

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‘Wishing For a Family That I Don’t Have’

‘Wishing For a Family That I Don’t Have’

| April 21, 2014

By Cassandra Porter, JD Special to Frost Illustrated Knowing that thousands of children in Indiana will not be adopted this year breaks my heart. Each and every child deserves a secure and loving upbringing. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Children (specifically a large number of teens) all across America are waiting to be […]

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Hammerin’ Hank’ Aaron slugs it out with Obama attackers

Hammerin’ Hank’ Aaron slugs it out with Obama attackers

| April 19, 2014

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist Major League Baseball’s home run king, Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron has just knocked another one out of the park. But this time, Aaron wasn’t on a baseball diamond. Aaron stood up boldly on the national stage and blasted a political homerun against Republicans who have made a sport […]

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I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway – Doug Glanville – The Atlantic

I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway – Doug Glanville – The Atlantic

| April 18, 2014

We’ve heard folks from “different” cultures say they’re tired of black folks being so easily offended. Well, if someone steps on your toe, of course it’s easy for someone on the sidelines to say, “I don’t get it. It doesn’t hurt me.” The nation has come a long way in some regards when talking about […]

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The catch 22 of free speech

The catch 22 of free speech

| April 18, 2014

  People in the African American community long have dealt with this issue of different applications of supposed free speech. For example, when black folks criticize a white president, they traditionally have been considered unpatriotic, even traitorous. But, when white has-been entertainers refer to a black president as a half breed dog, they are lauded […]

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson and the public image as social capital

Neil DeGrasse Tyson and the public image as social capital

| April 17, 2014

By Ryan Schnurr Special to Frost Illustrated A few weeks ago, I heard an interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on NPR’s Fresh Air. At one point Tyson, who is black, is asked by the interviewer when it was that he had first realized he had a gift for communicating with people about science (roughly […]

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Pope Francis has it right when it comes to money

Pope Francis has it right when it comes to money

| April 16, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Atlanta Archibishop Wilton Gregory did the right thing when he sold his $2.2 million Atlanta home. He was so wrong, from the start. His first act of wrongness was building the mansion. His second act of wrongness was his initial statement that he “would consider selling the mansion.” If he was at […]

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Acceptance by eight Ivies doesn’t remove race stigma

Acceptance by eight Ivies doesn’t remove race stigma

| April 13, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist You would think that news of a high school student from a family of African immigrants getting accepted into all eight Ivy League universities would be met with universal celebration. If you thought that, think again. First the news: In the next month, Kwasi Enin must make a tough […]

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Can we make it to the ‘Promised Land?

Can we make it to the ‘Promised Land?

| April 10, 2014

By Ron Daniels NNPA Columnist Friday, April 4, marked the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on a balcony in Memphis, Tenn. Black America and people of goodwill in the nation and the world were stricken by grief, frustration and anger at the murder of this great man of justice and peace. […]

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Put Fort Wayne history back into Indiana, U.S. history books

Put Fort Wayne history back into Indiana, U.S. history books

| April 9, 2014

By Eric D. Hackley Editor’s note: The following is the transcript of a Hackonomics program covering the release of Eric Hackley’s new book, “KEKIONGA BLACKS’ War on HIS-Story & Slave Mentality.” The book release was held recently at the Little Turtle Branch of the Allen County Public Library: Introduction of speaker Eric Hackley by Carla […]

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