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

The holidays aren’t complete without the macabre sight of our neediest brothers and sisters lined up all over town in inclement weather waiting for handouts — boxes of food, a turkey, clothing, maybe a voucher or two for free furniture.

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<![CDATA[The Cosby Show - ]]>

With all its groundbreaking accomplishments, it is important still to keep separate Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable of The Cosby Show from Bill Cosby himself.

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<![CDATA[The Backstabbers - ]]>

President Obama now appears as a pariah, a lone wolf.

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<![CDATA[As I Lay Dying - ]]>

I admire Brittany Maynard. The 29-year-old Oregon woman and terminal brain cancer sufferer took a doctor-sanctioned lethal concoction Saturday, ending her life when and where she wanted — at home in her bed with her family surrounding her.

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<![CDATA[Leslie Isaiah Gaines: 1945-2014 - ]]>

 Gaines was one of the first attorneys in the United States to advertise on television and he did it from Cincinnati.

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<![CDATA[They Raped That City - ]]>

A community already known for its poverty and rampant drug use and its less-than-stellar track record of public education and housing doesn’t need the stench of rapists added to its long list of ills and woes.

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<![CDATA[The Color of Ebola? - ]]>

Ebola is the sad repeat of what happened with the outbreak of AIDS nearly 30 years ago: The Western world watched while poor, untreated black Africans died, usually alone and shamed by the social stigmas associated with the trifling nature of the disease.

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<![CDATA[Like Fluttering Pages - ]]> I wasn’t then and neither am I now a journalist. I have always been a writer.
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<![CDATA[The Semantics of Weed - ]]>

After Thomas’ recriminalization ordinance, weed possession on the first offense was a fourth-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

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<![CDATA[This Woman’s Worth - ]]>

The mounting evidence of the NFL’s epidemic scourge of employing women and children batterers as highly paid professional football players has been a perfect storm resulting in my decision to boycott professional football.

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<![CDATA[Game Film - ]]>

There is so much that is problematic with the NFL and the until-now largely unchecked and woefully under punished domestic violence of its players that it is dizzying to know where to start.

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<![CDATA[Judge Not - ]]> On Sept. 8, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Marie Hunter will finally walk from the court of public opinion into the Hamilton County Common Pleas courtroom of Judge Norbert A. Nadel to defend herself, her reputation, her seat on the bench and, she’d tell us, her life’s work against nine felony charges.
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<![CDATA[A Tale of Two Cities (Part II) - ]]> As the days turn a way from Michael Brown’s funeral, thus finally laying to rest his thrice-autopsied young body, Ferguson, Missouri, is now — more than ever — ripe and ready for the change that can carry this predominantly black and woefully underemployed community forever forward.]]> <![CDATA[A Tale of Two Cities - ]]>

You wouldn’t know it now to look at the so-fresh-and-so-clean-clean landscape where Timothy Thomas died and potentially thousands rioted, faced down cops in riot gear and incurred bean bag spray, rubber bullets, mace and mayhem, but we were once a bigger, more metropolitan version of Ferguson, Missouri, and our nighttime streets ran thick with anger, too.

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<![CDATA[An Icon Under the Bus - ]]>

The recent Hamilton County Commissioners’ quarter-cent sales tax dust-up that booted Music Hall from the original package deal is a perfect storm of class, political finger-pointing and entitlement.

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<![CDATA[The Finish Line - ]]>

Dear President Barack Obama: I was beginning to think you’d forgotten all about me. Then I recalled how very busy you are and have been.

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<![CDATA[Elevators - ]]>

Violent black mega-stars and violent black athletes and the women who try to love them should avoid elevators like most black people avoid therapy.

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<![CDATA[Randy Wolf: November 7, 1964-July 11, 2014 - ]]>

On July 11, my high school classmate, Randy Wolf, dropped dead unexpectedly of a heart attack.

This is not about the shock of a 49-year-old man dying unexpectedly; we are born to die.

This is not about my own mortality; I feel my body’s anarchy everyday. My time may also be nigh.

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<![CDATA[My Brother’s Sleeping - ]]>

I have long held that black women in America are under attack. We get harsher criminal prosecution than our white counterparts; we are murdered by intimate partners at higher rates than any other groups.

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<![CDATA[No. 104 - ]]>

I wasn’t so sure about this, this coming back to CityBeat when Editor Danny Cross first sent me an email in 2012 explaining his plan to overhaul the paper I’d freelanced for from its first issue in 1994, then joined first as a part-time writer in 1999 (just enough hours to qualify for health insurance to buy insulin and needles) then as a full-time staffer with a column.

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