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Cyber child abuse

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I was strolling down a very busy Broadway in New York City a couple of weeks ago.  It was a very nice Saturday and it seemed like everyone was out walking and shopping.  In front of me was a woman and her very young child (maybe 3 or 4 years old). The woman was completely entranced by her cell phone.  She was texting away.  Her daughter was walking a few steps behind her and was meandering around.  My wife and I found this very unsettling.  So, too, did two young men who were approaching us.  They looked at each other and got ready to say something to the young mother.  

Nothing essential about Essence

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I wrote a column three years ago titled, “Black Women No Longer Have Their Essence.” My point was that Essence, the pre-eminent magazine for black women, had become irrelevant and an embarrassment to the black community.
 
Unfortunately, Essence has continued its decent into irrelevancy.

‘The State of Black Euphoria’

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How amazing it is that black people in this nation, collectively, are the worst off but yet the most comical, entertaining, ostentatious, and self-defeating of all other groups.  It is striking how, in spite of all the negative aspects of our lives, we spend a great deal of our time living vicariously through the lives of super-stars and mega-heroes. They say “Ignorance is bliss,” so maybe we should use that phrase to our advantage by reporting the other side of the bad stuff we face.

To vote or not to vote?

vote or not to vote
When the executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender learned that I would vote for the very first time in the Aug. 7th election, he declared me the “perfect” summer intern for the assignment of identifying and talking with two eighteen year olds with nearly polar opposite views of participating in the electoral process.
 
My conversations with Taira Boltze and El’Keenan T. Liggins are the fruits of my journey of discovery. 
 
Candidates with ‘righteousness, braveness and willingness’
 
Taira H. Boltze has taken all the steps needed to do something on Aug. 7th that she never has done before – vote.

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Memphis Redbirds vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
7:05pm | Autozone Stadium
 
* Lauren Hill Concert
8pm | Minglewood Hall
 
* Naturals in the City: Preshow Party
8pm | 1884 Lounge