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‘Tis the season to be careful

Okay, I’ll admit it. I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas. It takes me until about Dec. 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family. I like to give, which is why I share with a few charities that are close to me. I like to connect, which is why I have a greeting card ritual. But all this crazy frenzy after Thanksgiving, before Christmas sale ...

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Kickbacks exploit inmates’ families

In Cook County jails, prisoners are charged as much as $15 a call to be in touch with their relatives. The exploitive rates can force families — already struggling with the burdens of having a loved one locked up — to choose between supporting their loved one or paying for heat or food. An Illinois study found that the price of phone calls from prison was one of the two most significant barriers to family c ...

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Ebony disses Black folks

Reading Ebony Magazine’s feature article “100 Most Influential African Americans” in its December 2012-January 2013 issue, was very revealing on the low opinion the publication has of its readers in particular and of the larger Black community in general. A brief statement before the listing proclaims, among other things, “In this issue EBONY selects the 100 primary influencers and game changers who have ma ...

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U.N. Ambassador Rice criticized for the wrong reasons

Senate Republicans led by John McCain, R-Ariz., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., continue to lead the attacks against the nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice even though the Obama administration has yet to nominate her. They believe she intentionally lied to the American people in her description of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic posts in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted ...

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It takes courage to live

Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times. Not just once, but a bunch of times. That’s cold-blooded murder. And why? The media won’t speculate, yet they did put out that the two argued after his girlfriend returned home late from a concert. Whatever the reason, in his mind, she did or said something that hurt his feelings. She definitely didn’t hurt him physically. ...

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Cable television: An American success story

It seems so natural today. Having cable television in our homes, giving us a vast selection of channels from which to choose, is a given condition for the vast majority of us. I can remember in my early years it was not like that. We had the three networks and a few local channels. A Black face on television doing something productive was very few and far between. When the great singer Nat King Cole got his ...

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A ‘perverse’ move by the National Black Chamber of Commerce

I have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the National Black Chamber of Commerce over the years. I have conducted media training sessions at national conventions, spoken at functions sponsored by state and local affiliates, and enjoyed a friendship with many of its top officers, including president and co-founder Harry C. Alford. That’s why I was stunned and mystified when, in the course of researching ...

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All power to the people

There was a historically self-determining session of the Detroit City Council on Nov. 15. The Council voted down a contract that would have cut the Water and Sewerage Department workers by 80 percent, busted the union and further remove control of the City’s Water Department from the City Council. It voted down a contract with the conflicted law firm, which Gov. Rick Snyder and State Treasurer Andy Dillon w ...

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