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Several weeks ago I watched a video of an 11-year-old Black girl being assaulted by a white male, a police officer. I watched in horror as this male (I refuse to call him a man) grabbed, slammed, twisted her arm and yelled at this child. The officer ignored her cries that he was hurting her.…

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It’s a very special time of year, and I’m not just talking about the holiday season. It’s also open enrollment season — the period when Americans can sign up for quality health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This year, open enrollment lasts from Nov. 1 to D…

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I entered my first writing contest when I was in middle school. (As hard as it is to believe, my essay was even more poorly written than many of the columns that I produce as an adult.) The topic of my treatise was the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was the seminal “nonviolent direct action” …

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Not a surprise to careful observers of IMPD, Chief Bryan Roach announced his retirement from IMPD earlier this week. 

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Ten years ago, American Express started Small Business Saturday. Situated between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday was designed to help the little guys — the mom and pop shops, restaurants and businesses that are often overlooked on those busy shopping days. These busin…

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The list of adaptations, adoptions and adjustments that Black folks have made vis-à-vis our experiences in America sometimes seems infinite. Whether it is taking the least desirable parts of a pig and transforming them into time-honored delicacies (think “chitlins”), turning horrible trainin…

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Did the 44th president of the United States “do right” by Democrats in general — and Black folks in particular?

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Carmel Police Chief Jim Barlow and Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard have decided to be willfully ignorant when presented with data about a disparity in the number of tickets given to Blacks when compared to whites.

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As we approach the season of giving and being grateful for all of the blessings we’ve received this year, it makes me extremely proud to dedicate my career to improving the Indianapolis community and helping African American youth achieve their dream of a college education. 

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 I happened to tune in to the a great Denzel Washington flick, “Remember The Titans,” recently and received a great lesson for my column this month. If you remember the basic plot, it was the story of a school corporation back in the early 70s having to integrate Blacks and whites into a hig…

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Few people have heard of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which has the distinction of being the first legislation of its type to be passed in America. Andrew Johnson, who became president following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, was a staunch white supremacist who vetoed the act twice. …

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You can’t just let life happen. Well, not if you want to be successful. I define success as achieving the goals you determine for yourself. 

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With a dominant win, Mayor Hogsett will have a second term and there will possibly be 20 Democrats on the city-county council. Congratulations to the Marion County Democratic Party. It was a trouncing for the ages, which Black voters participated in.

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African Americans watch 72 hours worth of TV a week. Ever since I heard that staggering number at last week’s Steward Speaker Series kickoff, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. That is a crazy, ridiculous amount of time, especially when you realize how so little of the programmin…