CityBeat - Kathy Y. Wilson http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-246-1-kathy_y_wilson.html <![CDATA[The Gay (K)not - ]]> There is a chasm between the law, love, marriage and homosexuality in America, but they keep bumping into one another like they’re on the prowl in a gay bar: doing that Stranger Tango — checking one another out from a distance until one makes The Move.

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<![CDATA[It's Our Anniversary - ]]>

Twenty years ago this month images from Rwanda were telecast around the world, and they were images of bones — bones bleached white by the sun and drained dry of blood and flesh — littering roadsides, piled in open graves, stacked in abandoned churches and markets and washed up along the shore lines of small bodies of water.

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<![CDATA[Dog Day Afternoon - ]]>

 By now you know that 14-year-old Jashawn Martin was shot to death by half-brothers Miniko Hicks and Donyell Walker in broad daylight March 21 when Martin stopped to watch a fight between two warring factions.

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<![CDATA[A Warm Gun - ]]>

Boone County Constable Joe Kalil got shot down early last month.

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<![CDATA[In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens - ]]>

My partner’s mother has been dead 11 years now; mine will have been dead nine years in May.

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<![CDATA[Got Insurance? (Me, Neither. Yet.) - ]]>

At a little before 9:20 a.m. I started, for the third time, to create an account on the government’s national Affordable Health Care insurance website, The Marketplace.

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<![CDATA[Mahogany's: Turn Out the Lights - ]]>

I am not being hard-hearted when I write that the slow, public and painful financial decline of Liz Rogers and her long-lamented Mahogany’s could have long ago been avoided.

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<![CDATA[This Land Is Your Land - ]]>

Florida is no place for black teenage boys to grow old.

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<![CDATA[Mahogany's: In the Dark - ]]>

News of the recent financial woes dogging Mahogany’s co-owner Liz Rogers are not surprising, shocking or even new.

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<![CDATA[Black Codes From Above Ground - ]]>

Black History Month for those of us who’d like to see it just quietly fall off is like an antiquated social program that either needs drastic overhauling or burying.

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<![CDATA[The Union - ]]>

Just because Hillary Clinton is stalling her official announcement while her supporters scurry about amassing her campaign war chest does not mean the rest of us cannot see what is coming.

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<![CDATA[My Right Foot of Fury - ]]>

I have always taken for granted simple things like balance, mobility, independence and 10 toes and, as a raging diabetic, I am particularly obsessed with my feet.

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<![CDATA[Avondale - ]]>

It was 1989 and crack cocaine had all its black enthusiasts by the pipe; never more prevalent and obviously so than along the stretch of Burnett Avenue heading north toward its intersection with Rockdale Avenue.

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<![CDATA[Ashes to Ashes - ]]>

My niece, to whom I haven’t spoken in probably decades, is having her father cremated. D. died Christmas Eve morning.

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<![CDATA[Give Me a Reason - ]]> The Top 10 Reasons Why I’ve Only Seen the Same Black Guy Among the Masses Whenever Believe In Cincinnati Was on the News Advocating for the Streetcar.]]> <![CDATA[Christmas Me Home - ]]>

They’re here. They’re my human Christmas cards, joy in the flesh and unwrapped, laughing presents exploding with a year’s worth of stories, relationships, work and secrets about places women find joy.

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<![CDATA[Get Off the Line - ]]>

It’s not for me to say because I neither pledged a sorority nor did I even finish college, but I’ve always found Greek life a strange and an unlikely community to want to join.

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<![CDATA[Return to Sender - ]]>

When Cleveland and Lisa Cox returned their 9-year-old adopted boy to Butler County Family and Children Services Oct. 24 they didn’t tell him he wasn’t coming back home with them.

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<![CDATA[Hunger Games (a Thanksgiving Phantasmagoria) - ]]>

There are times when Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) CEO Steve Leeper brings to mind the Great White Explorers of yore — Christopher Columbus, Capt. John Smith — who, upon landing on foreign soil, set about making it “new” by extracting the natives who were already there to make room for the Pilgrims who will think they landed there first.

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<![CDATA[Exit Where You Entered - ]]>

 The Nov. 12 resignation of McMicken Arts and Sciences Dean Ronald Jackson at the University of Cincinnati marks a sad ending and an even sadder beginning for the university’s battered, tattered and exposed race relations (whatever that means these days.)

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