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On his 2001 track, “Heart of the City,” hip hop impresario Jay-Z offers this lament: “First the Fat Boys break up, now every day I wake up, Somebody got a problem with Hov.” (“Hov” is pronounced “hove,” like “wove”). But, lest we begin to feel sorry for the self-anointed “greatest rapper ali…

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Aug. 23rd marks the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. A few years ago, this is not a day I would have reflected on personally nor discussed with other people. Over the last few years my understanding of African enslavement (stealing of humans) and it…

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This month we celebrate Black Philanthropy, with this year’s challenge to “Let’s Make History.”

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Recently, I attended a gathering called “One Race One Blood,” the stated purpose of which was to address “the historical roots of racism, how evolutionary thinking has led to an increase in racism … and the Bible’s powerful answer to racism.” There were two headliners: Ken Ham, who is white,…

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So much is going on in our world today. In this week’s edition of the Recorder, there’s an article about youth suicide and another about KKK recruiting in Bloomington. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to issues happening in this country.

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“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” — The Scout Oath, Boy Scouts of America

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From the time that Trump announced his long shot presidential bid, to his meteoric rise in the primaries, to his becoming the Republican nominee, to his securing the requisite Electoral College votes, to his two-and-a half years in office, I adamantly (and frequently) stated that his racist …

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While we celebrate the thousands of individuals who recently graduated from high school, we cannot forget about the thousands who did not. Even among the graduates, many won’t seek vocational, technical or trade credentials, pursue a traditional degree or begin a career. EmployIndy estimates…

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I planned to write about a different topic this week. Then we experienced two mass shootings over the weekend — one in El Paso and the other in Dayton, Ohio. This after a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy, California, on July 28. I had to put my original topic on hold becau…

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After leaving Saturday Night Live to become a movie star, Eddie Murphy returned more than once to host the show. On one such occasion, he performed a skit that featured him “going undercover” as a white man. This led Murphy to a stunning revelation: “Slowly I began to realize that, when whit…

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I’ve said I loathe hypocrisy before on this page, but a couple of recent news items have me thinking about the lies politicians tell. Both have to do with children.

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Indiana has a rich combat sports history renowned for amateur boxing and the Golden Gloves as well as the home state of several pro boxing greats such as Lamon Brewster, Angel Manfredy, Tony Zale, Rubén Galván, Marvin Johnson and Jack Dillon. The Indiana Golden Gloves, around since 1923, has…

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Whether they’re ready or not, thousands of students will start the new school year this week. Even more return next week.