For this year's fall lineup of television shows, one that particularly piqued my interest is the reboot of "The Wonder Years" told through the perspective of an African American boy named Dean Williams (Elisha Williams). Like the initial script of the 80s Emmy award-winning TV dramedy, the setting takes place in 1968, and Dean is 12 years old ...Read more
Have you ever felt that God was speaking directly to you while you were taking a brisk, afternoon walk or driving on a sunny day with fluffy clouds etched in the sky ? I felt a unique, divine tug in my spirit a few weeks ago as I was driving home from work in Lima, Ohio, when I saw a black and white billboard sign with these motivational words: ...Read more
As I stopped by a Dollar General store on a Sunday afternoon around the end of August, to my surprise, it was closed, and the sign posted on the front door had a frantic call for employee help. It was handwritten on pink paper, probably by an exhausted manager, asking all who saw it to tell their "mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts and ...Read more
Before Hurricane Ida touched down in Louisiana on Aug. 29, I had been persistently texting family members in New Orleans to ask who was staying and who was evacuating. Two of my cousins and their children drove to Natchez, Mississippi, and then left for Texas. Most of my relatives chose to remain and hunker down as Ida's heavy rainfall and 150 ...Read more
"Only way from 9th is up!"
This was the tweet that track and field star Sha'Carri Richardson posted, along with five praying hands emojis, after finishing in last place in the 100-meter sprint at the Prefontaine Classic. The winner, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah, beat her Olympic time of 10.61 seconds that won her the gold in this event at ...Read more
"Grown-ish," the Gen Z college-focused spinoff of "Black-ish," recently aired two episodes that centered on police shootings of unarmed Black men. The Aug. 5 episode is titled "A BOY IS A GUN," and the follow-up, "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See," delves into the sensitive topic of white fragility, a theory posited by scholar Robin ...Read more
As I have been reading about the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium extension on evictions mandated by President Joe Biden, I began thinking about how I chose eviction and homelessness as my course theme for my English composition classes during the fall 2017 semester at Ohio State's Lima campus. Using the title "The ...Read more
Kenneth Williams, the getaway driver in the 2013 shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton, was sentenced to 42 years in prison in July. Hadiya's murder received national attention due to her performing as a drum majorette at former President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Hadiya was only 15 when she was killed at Vivian Gordon Harsh Park on the ...Read more
"The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do."
This quote from Amelia Earhart begins the 12th chapter of Simone Biles' 2016 New York Times bestselling autobiography "Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance." Biles could not have had a better year in 2016 as she won individual gold medals in the all-...Read more
When it comes to celebrating birthdays, one fun fact about my pastor, Overseer Sandra D. Carter, is that hers is a month-long festivity. She turned 71 on July 11, and our church, Vision of Breath with Life Ministries in Columbus, OH, had a steak and seafood dinner in her honor, dressing up in our Sunday best. Although she is designated as a ...Read more
Murraya, the prize-winning word spelled by 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Zaila Avant-garde, is still a top Google search a week after the Harvey, Louisiana, native became the first African American to win this esteemed Washington, D.C. area competition. Zaila is also being hailed as the "real life Akeelah," a shoutout from actress ...Read more
July began with a colossal boom for college athletes who are now allowed to profit off their name, image and likeness. NIL is a massive game changer that has crushed the amateurism model of the NCAA, as we will now see athletes from our favorite colleges and universities pushing brands and products on their Instagram, Twitter and TikTok ...Read more
"The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn."
The fiery abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass spoke ...Read more