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2020 marks an important year for our country, state and city. It’s a new decade and with that comes the decennial count, the U.S. census. The census seeks to count each and every individual residing in the U.S. Each household will receive a form so that everyone (relatives and non-relatives)…

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I was in graduate school as the presidential election of 2000 got into full swing. That epic (and highly controversial) contest was the first one that I personally recall in which an almost manic sense of urgency seemed to grip the public — in the U.S. and abroad. Indeed, several of my class…

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Happy Black History Month! Though we should celebrate the amazing contributions of African Americans year-round, February presents a special opportunity to honor our collective history and proud legacy. And what a legacy it is! 

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No matter who you are, or where you live, there’s a central concern that links consumers all over the country: the ever-rising cost of living. For many consumers, the combined costs of housing, transportation, food, and utilities leave room for little else from take-home pay.  

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We’re now in the first week of Black History Month. As a child, I loved hearing the stories of Black people who were the first to do this or first to do that. I loved the artwork the teachers posted in the classrooms of famous Black Americans: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriett Tubman, Fre…

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“And why does it have to be the shortest month of the year?!” That’s the way the conversation frequently starts. Of course, that not-so-rhetorical question is in reference to the fact that February is designated as “Black History Month.” (There is a very simple answer to that question. More …

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Last week I read the painful, poignant and powerful column that my friend and colleague Marshawn Wolley wrote. Wolley’s essay concerned the ongoing high murder rate of African Americans in Indianapolis — the overwhelming majority of whom were killed by their fellow African Americans. As he a…

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Last week, Jan. 21, to be exact, a strange thing happened. Well, not so strange if you’re Black in America, as it occurs all too frequently to Black people, especially Black men.