CityBeat - Kathy Y. Wilson http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-246-1-kathy_y_wilson.html <![CDATA[When Business Goes - ]]>

Ginger Dawson is an iconic woman for more reasons than her aesthetic, though her blunt bangs, her from-a-bottle-henna-red hair and her penchant for black and/or retro clothes aligns her more readily to the equally iconic Punk designer Vivienne Westwood than to the “genteel” antiques mall proprietress she, ahem, once was.

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<![CDATA[On Serena - ]]>

In the mid-1990s when Venus and Serena Williams were teenagers, when the jangle of beaded scalp-tight cornrows and silver braces on their teeth long preceded waist-length weaves and fake painted fingernails, neither blacks specifically nor America generally knew exactly what we were looking at when we looked at the Williams sisters.

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<![CDATA[Woman with Stuff - ]]>

The night before I sat down to write this, I had formulated in my head the perfect first sentence to describe my emotional station, but I have now lost that to anxiety, to slumber, to dreams. The best sentence is this one:  My kidneys are failing me because I have failed my body.

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<![CDATA[My Only Uncle John Thomas Hill (1936-2015) - ]]>

Well, I took him for granted — strong, strapping and chiseled from the black coal of Chattaroy, West Virginia, as he was and had always been.

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<![CDATA[How Does It Feel? - ]]>

Dear Santa Ono: At the risk of putting everybody all up in our business, I am writing you this as a sincere favor — to help you by telling you some key things about yourself, your current station and ways you can redeem yourself and the University of Cincinnati.

 

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<![CDATA[William H. Cosby Jr. vs. The Cos - ]]>

Bill Cosby created The Cos — perhaps unofficially in the early 1970s, after breaking a color barrier by being cast in in I Spy in 1965 — as a means of convincing us he wasn’t at all like that lecherous curmudgeon Bill Cosby. Again.

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<![CDATA[Lucy, Chad, Nicole and the Quest for Medicine - ]]>

Lucy Scholten is a beautiful girl: long, thick, dark eyelashes; a big, round face; long limbs. She has grown considerably in the few years I have known her folks.

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<![CDATA[Summer Breeze - ]]>

I detest summer in Cincinnati. Whenever I hear sirens — and living on a boisterous corner of Woodburn Avenue for the past 13 years I hear plenty of sirens — I think: Cincinnati police must be taxed and overworked.

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<![CDATA[Equal - ]]>

All things being equal, I am mightily confused by America, but also greatly enamored with Her. She has fooled around and redeemed herself to a great many of Her people.

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<![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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