CityBeat - Kathy Y. Wilson http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-246-1-kathy_y_wilson.html <![CDATA[Larry Gross: Charles Bukowski, Neat - ]]>

If Charles Bukowski had a cousin who was slightly less self-destructive, not at all a womanizer and who lurked in the deeper shadows of Bukowski, writing in the margins, it would have been Larry Gross.

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<![CDATA[Blurred Lines - ]]>

Rachel Dolezal’s adopted black brother said: “It all started with the hair.” If she weren’t in the news for being black but really white, I would say that “starting with the hair” would most definitely make the recently resigned president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP a black woman.

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<![CDATA[When #blacklivesdontmatter to Black People - ]]>

As Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell prepared to hand in his city manager-ordered 90-day plan to curb this city’s outburst of violence, black folks from Avondale to Westwood, Walnut Hills to Bond Hill to Winton Hills and even murderous black parents under the jurisdiction of the local branch of Ohio Jobs and Family Services behaved as though their black lives — and no others — mattered worth a damn.

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<![CDATA[Stop Making Sense - ]]>

Modern civil rights acts of civil disobedience have run off the rails and become something beyond counterintuitive; it’s become far-reaching, obtuse and even ironic.

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<![CDATA[Auction Bloc - ]]> When Thom Shaw was alive, sometimes I would do a drive-by to see if his little black truck with the ARTWERK license plate was in the parking lot in Essex Studios. If it was and I had some time — because Thom Shaw could talk me under the table — I’d pull in and make my way back to his space.]]> <![CDATA[White Like Me - ]]>

There is an entire generation of black women who owe our very nerdiness to David Letterman — the man and the show.

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<![CDATA[Victim Language - ]]>

What amounted to the package of reporting on the shooting death of Gregory Douglas is woefully lacking in holistic reporting.

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<![CDATA[B’more, Please Be More - ]]>

Snapshot: In 1968, Baltimore, Maryland, erupted in violent looting, rioting and fires as police clashed with citizens in the city’s streets just as cops in Newark, N.J., and Cincinnati’s Avondale neighborhoods were doing the same. 

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<![CDATA[Roughly Hewn Since 1965 - ]]>

I came from first love and lust then conflict, disbelief and, finally, resolution, and that has been the cycle of my life — not necessarily in that order — lo these last 50 years.

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<![CDATA[Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels - ]]>

If I were the parent today of a black child in America, my black child would never see the light of day without our entire black family in tow.

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<![CDATA[Up in the Old Hotel - ]]>

The Alms’ current status as neighborhood eyesore has been a long time in the making.

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<![CDATA[The Indiana in Us All - ]]>

The signing of Indiana’s bill by Republican Governor Mike Pence giving Christians the legal right to refuse service to gays and lesbians is subversive and riddled with hate-mongering in the guise of protecting “basic religious freedoms.”

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<![CDATA[Teach Your Children Well - ]]>

Shame on any parent or guardian of school-aged children who has never questioned the term “teaching to the test” and its residual pressures on teachers and students.

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<![CDATA[You Can’t Always Get What You Want - ]]>

Hillary Clinton is suffering so acutely from the Clinton Dynasty Syndrome she cannot see straight enough to come within the ZIP code of the right thing.

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<![CDATA[Mother and Child Reunion - ]]>

Gladine Rosetta Hill Wilson (then, crazily, Wilson again) Parrish would have been perhaps 83 on March 10. “Perhaps” because she finagled her age to the point that some of her sisters believed she was younger than she was when she died.

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<![CDATA[See-Through - ]]>

Watching the Oscars Sunday night was fun and fanciful because there’s nothing like watching wealthy, accomplished white people “acting” racially guilty when they’re really quite comfortable in their homogeneous groupings.

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<![CDATA[Liar. Liar? - ]]>

Ten-million-dollar baby and NBC newsman Brian Williams is guilty. He knows better than to insert himself right smack dab in the middle of the news he’s witnessed or reported directly, and because he did, he resorted to lying about them and himself.

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<![CDATA[To Repel Ghosts - ]]>

There is this joke among black people — remember first that humor about cultural diminishment ain’t funny and not all blacks know one another — that says Black History Month is in February because it’s the shortest month of the year.

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<![CDATA[Taking a Toll - ]]>

I would not trade the liberation of working for myself — of coming up with ideas and translating them into paid words, or teaching at the University of Cincinnati or working with Northside teenagers — for stacks of cash at a more reliable, albeit mind-numbing, soul-sucking job.

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<![CDATA[Norwood: UpSouth - ]]>

In a letter dated Dec. 22 that has now come to light, Norwood Mayor Thomas F. Williams penned a bon mot to the Norwood Police Department slamming black civil rights leaders and do-nothing politicians.

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