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Legion concert tribute to our warriors

Legion concert tribute to our warriors

| November 1, 2014

By Ketu Oladuwa Special to Frost Illustrated I met Art Turk Burton in Chicago late summer, while on a weekend get-a-way with my wife. I saw the brother perform at two venues that weekend, the second of which was at the South Side Community Arts Center with his group, the Congo Square Ensemble. I was […]

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song for horace

song for horace

| June 23, 2014

© 2014, omowale-ketu oladuwa   preamble ~ they got so sophisticated that it seemed like they were afraid to play the blues, like it was demeaning to be funky. and i tried to bring that. i didn’t do it consciously at first. but it started to happen. —horace silver, 1994, newsday interview     if there was […]

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and i love you for that, ruby, my dear . . .

and i love you for that, ruby, my dear . . .

| June 16, 2014

© 2014, omowale-ketu oladuwa “i don’t know who i would be if i weren’t this child from harlem, this woman from harlem. it’s in me so deep.” —ruby dee, 1924-2014                                                          mother-sister, from striver’s row […]

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with the certainty of tides

with the certainty of tides

| May 29, 2014

“still like life, i rise”                                         —maya angelou (april 4, 1928-may 28, 2014) © 2014 omowale-kétu oladuwa   there is no apt word when your mother leaves. she’s been there bracing your back so long her absence is tidal, a […]

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Oklahoma to review botched execution attempt

Oklahoma to review botched execution attempt

| April 30, 2014

We’re going to defer commentary on this issue to Brother Omowale-Ketu Oladuwa, former managing editor of Frost Illustrated. His pointed commentary on this issue can be found here. Brother Oladuwa has some firsthand knowledge of life on Death Row and the idea of “capital punishment.” Oklahoma to review procedures after botched execution   The governor […]

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There must be a better way to die

There must be a better way to die

| April 30, 2014

By Omowale-Ketu Oladuwa In Oklahoma on April 29, the state botched the execution of Clayton Lockett, and 43 minutes after the first of a three-drug lethal cocktail had been injected into veins in both his arms the death row inmate died of a heart attack. Witnesses say 13 minutes into the fatal procedure,  Lockett began […]

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