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0 Comments · Thursday, November 7, 2002
Black girls dissimilar to black girls like Taylore Mahogany Scott suck their teeth and roll their eyes at her. Though dreadlocked and in search of blackness everywhere, Scott's diction, elocution a  

That Negro Problem

0 Comments · Thursday, October 31, 2002
When I was a young girl, I'd burst home, breathless tales of schoolmates swinging between my pigtails. "Mom, Jeffrey, this white boy at school ..." or "Karen, this one white girl ..." I didn't make  

The Un-Endorsements

0 Comments · Thursday, October 24, 2002
Politicians and lobbyists inundate me with lies, half-truths and painfully bad commercials. Shouldn't I get to say why I won't be relinquishing to them my precious vote? Voting, and deciding for w  

Life of Leisure (Not)

0 Comments · Thursday, October 10, 2002
Angela Leisure is no saint. With the Sept. 26 arrest of her 18-year-old son Terry -- on top of the April 2001 shooting death of her then-19-year-old son Timothy -- her parenting is again under scru  

On My Block

0 Comments · Thursday, October 3, 2002
"On my block, it's like the world don't exist/We stay confined to this small little section with dividends/On my block, I wouldn't trade it for the world/'cuz I love these ghetto boys and girls." -  

Assume the Position

0 Comments · Thursday, September 26, 2002
Despite counting a handful of independent retailers among safe spots to drop my cash, I have supported the economic and human rights boycott of downtown. When Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Wynton Ma  

Dead Man Walking

0 Comments · Thursday, September 19, 2002
"You're blind, baby/ Blind to the facts of who you are." -- Talib Kweli There's an explanation for why former Cincinnati Police Officer Robert Jorg hasn't been retried and indicted in the death   

Kunta's Compensation

0 Comments · Thursday, September 12, 2002
Cut to Kunta Kinte, Alex Haley's distant relative and icon for a generation. Kunta is making his way down Wall Street. The street and sidewalk are jammed with dark-suited, money-gittin' men and wome  

Can You Hear Me Now?

0 Comments · Thursday, September 5, 2002
Have you heard about the new security system at City Hall? Does it remind you of visiting hours at the Hamilton County Justice Center? Have they buzzed you in yet? Shouldn't we get similar security  

Members, Don't Git Weary

0 Comments · Thursday, August 29, 2002
'Members, don't git weary/ Keep your lamps trimmed and burning/ We're going down to the river Jordan when our work is done.' -- Max Roach When Roger Owensby Jr. died Nov. 7, 2000, at the age of   

The Care and Feeding of Black Teen-agers, Version 2.0

0 Comments · Thursday, August 22, 2002
I've written this one before. It was another time, a different place and a different newspaper. The more Negroes change, the more we stay the same. See, the circumstances were identical -- wild, ca  

The Scarlet 'L'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2002
Dwight Patton, splintering ad hoc/half-activist member of Cincinnati Black United Front (BUF), spitted and sputtered his venomous way through outing me on 1480 Talk with Courtis Fuller on Aug. 5. I  

And a Child Shall Direct Them

0 Comments · Thursday, August 8, 2002
Who does Tommy Reuff think he is, this preppy Stephen King-looking cat? And Steve Ramos, CityBeat's overgrown, bald camper-cum-film editor and Cincinnati Film Society (CFS) board member? Together,   

Nowhere Man

0 Comments · Thursday, August 1, 2002
Upstanding Christian father and dedicated cop or a bald-faced liar hovering below the radar of departmental discipline? A pillar of the community deserving an outpouring of support or a spin control  

Double Redundant

0 Comments · Thursday, July 25, 2002
I am not an apologist. It's difficult for many Negroes to say the same. When one of us does something wrong, though, it's no better or worse than when a person of any other race takes a misstep.