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Radical Street Fairies

0 Comments · Thursday, July 11, 2002
Buy Michael McCleese, Roy Ford and Heidi Bruins a drink this weekend if you see them joined together in a chorus of "I Will Survive" at The Dock. The Stonewall Cincinnati board members have informed  

Try & Try (Him) Again

0 Comments · Thursday, July 4, 2002
Cops talk too much. Like gossipy hens across the backyard clothesline, they squawk about what went down with this perp and what was done to that one. I'm betting that, right about now, Robert Jorg   

God Can See You Pee

0 Comments · Thursday, June 27, 2002
We need Jesus. We know that, and so does the Rev. Billy Graham. Unless you've been in a state of permanent Madeira, you know that Graham and his disciples will be shepherding more than 200,000 peop  

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

0 Comments · Thursday, June 20, 2002
Dear black males ages 13-55 years old: You're scaring me. I thought you were smarter than this. I thought you knew there are destructive forces standing and conspiring against you. You don't need  

Goodbye, Jazzy

0 Comments · Thursday, June 13, 2002
I think his real name was George. I knew him as Jazzy. No one ever said how he got that name. We all just called him that. When my grandfather, Edward Hill, died, I looked around for an old, wise c  

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

0 Comments · Thursday, June 6, 2002
A white man has purchased me. The slave metaphor is tired, but it's true. I thought I was doing a good thing by offering myself 'at auction' to benefit a reading program of the Unity House World P  

Spiritual Walkers

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2002
Looking quickly through the bedroom blinds, I thought it was someone else. The bell had such a friendly sounding ring to it. But by the time I got into the hallway, it was too late. There was no tu  

Half Past His Autumn

0 Comments · Thursday, May 23, 2002
Fred Suggs Jr. to me was like Gordon Parks -- innovative, tenacious, opportunistic, rakish, gracious and legendary. Parks the filmmaker/photographer/writer/ poet gave us Shaft and The Learning Tree  

Demystifing Davis

0 Comments · Thursday, May 16, 2002
At one time Angela Yvonne Davis was, as a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, a proud member of the Communist Party. She was fired for that very reason -- her pride, not so much   

Bearing Witness

0 Comments · Thursday, May 9, 2002
In my weariness I can see it. Things are soon to get ugly. Attorney Kenneth Lawson and Angela Leisure filed a federal lawsuit April 30 against Steve Reece, Vice Mayor Alicia Reece and James Washingt  

The Old and the Restless

0 Comments · Thursday, April 25, 2002
My right knee doesn't always work right. Sometimes the pain in my lower back is so unbearable I swallow an Aleve/Advil cocktail to sleep. My eyes burn most of the time from squinting at a computer   

Get Back

0 Comments · Thursday, April 18, 2002
"What have you bought into/ How much will it cost to buy you out?" -- Poet Saul Williams Back in the day, I used to like Alicia Reece. I voted for the vice mayor. Twice. Be clear that I empathi  

Got Justice?

0 Comments · Thursday, April 11, 2002
During the April 7 March for Justice, I wasn't in the number as a reporter or writer. I went to mend my splintered humanity. I'm also not a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. I have disagreed p  

Dead Nigga Blvd.

0 Comments · Thursday, April 4, 2002
The air is different there. I finally walked to Republic Street near 13th Street. On Good Friday afternoon, I saw for myself the fading shrine marking the spot where Timothy Thomas, 19, scared and r  

A Picture Is Worth 74 Years

0 Comments · Thursday, March 28, 2002
Where were you when Halle Berry got her best actress Oscar? Like other life-defining phenomena -- the assassinations of presidents and pop stars, acts of terror and the births of our children -- thi