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National Smile Week: Smile or Die…Just Kidding

In recognition of National Smile Week, I wanted to take the time to honor a universal yet agitating term: “You should smile more.” A phrase that often rings through the streets, at women scorned from the daily struggles of life, angry teenagers getting their first taste of it, and people in general who have chosen …

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gun control

The Ongoing Great Debate on What to Do About Gun Control

The recent shootings happening all around the country are leaving people scratching their heads, wondering what to do next. Not only are people trying to figure out how to cope with this reality, but also figure out the best solutions. The implementation of gun control laws has been a great debate for some time now. …

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Juneteenth

Reflections on My Second Federally Recognized Juneteenth

One year ago, I and three hundred thirty million Americans experienced the first ever federally recognized Juneteenth. Regular readers might remember that mine began less than exceptionally. When I heard two days prior that Juneteenth had been declared a federal holiday, all I could think about was how little of an impact that news would …

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Happy Father’s Day, But Where is My Father?

As children, we all have at least one repetitive question that follows us throughout our childhood. Some of us ask, while others never get the nerve to. One question that unfortunately many African Americans have been able to connect with is, “where is my father?” Father’s day has a different meaning for me. I see …

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James Patterson Implies: The Hills We Die On

James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author of the past ten years, has faced considerable backlash since claiming in The Sunday Times that white men, especially older ones, have a harder time finding writing jobs than most. In last Sunday’s interview, the “Alex Cross” author went so far as to cite “racism” as the source of …

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