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Chinua Achebe: The passing of a gentle literary giant and a friend

Posted by on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : A Moment in Time 


  Chinua Achebe, NYT

On March 22, 2013, Chinua Achebe, one of the world's foremost African writers, joined his ancestors. He died at the age of 82. My mourning the loss of this literary giant is not just the right thing to do, it's personal!

I had the distinct pleasure of being taught and mentored by this writer of novels, short stories, critical essays and poetry. Chinua used numerous forms to carry his message of the impact of colonialism on Africa: the novel, short stories, creative non-fict...

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Technology: the New Frontier of Inequality or the New American Promise?

Posted by on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Public Engagement 
Two score and ten years ago, a prophet named Dr. Martin Luther King stood before thousands of people—poor people, rich people, Black people, White people, people of different cultures,  gay people, straight people, but mostly hopeful people—He stood before all of them at the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capital. This prophet, this “drum major for peace,” this “drum major for justice”, this “drum major for righteousness” as he sometimes referred to himself.
 He presented A...
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Artspeak: Anthropology honors the mentoring legacy of Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Posted by on Thursday, December 13, 2012, In : A Moment in Time 
This presentation was delivered at the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association on November 15, 2012 in San Francisco, where several sessions and panels were held to honor Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole. She is best known as the only woman to have served as President of two historically Black women’s colleges—Spelman College in Atlanta, GA (1987-1997) and Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC (2003-2008). 

Upon retiring from Spelman, Dr. Cole went on to become an intellectu...
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Why George Zimmerman does not get the “Hispanic” pass card on racism

Posted by on Thursday, December 6, 2012, In : Policy Analysis 
George Zimmerman has finally been arrested.  But is it too little too late?  Perhaps, but it is important that those who follow this case not get confused by the assertions that Zimmerman could not be racist because he is “Hispanic.”  What has been missing from the discussion thus far is an analysis of race and racism in the countries of Central and South America, and how Spanish-speaking immigrants (and/or their American-born children) can harbor cultural baggage that includes the...
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Remember your heart, says Circle of Red

Posted by on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Black Beauty & Health 

Photo credit: trianglegoesred.org


Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but now is not a time to forget about your heart.  That’s the main message of the Circle of Red, a member organization committed to educating women in their community about the dangers of heart disease.


Two days after V-day, on February 16, 2012, I was fortunate to attend a chocolate and wine event sponsored by a Raleigh-based group, and led by professional CPA Sheila Ahler, the current Circle of Red Chair (COR).  ...
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Artspeak: Destination Curaçao and the North Sea Jazz Festival

Posted by on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : A Moment in Time 
Text Box: Irma McClaurin – Photos: courtesy of the author