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Who knew that Sputnik Monroe, a wrestler well-known in the Memphis, Tennessee, area in the early 1960s, was a civil rights hero? After years of wrestling on the carnival circuit under several names, Monroe’s popularity reached its height in Memphis. Although he was known as a bad guy in the wrestling ring, before racial integration […]

Today’s hatemongers don’t consider U.S.-born Anglo terrorist shootings and bombings. Why is terrorism – that is, bombings and mass shootings – from people moving into the United States from other countries feared more than from people born right here in the U.S.A.? After all, we already have a reputation as the most violent industrialized nation […]

Why is it so hard to get people to use their seatbelts? Week after week as I hear and read about traffic fatalities in our region – many of them single-vehicle accidents – the victims of these fatalities are thrown from their vehicles and die at the scene of the accident. Sometimes it is reported […]

The Initiative 42 petition drive that began in the summer of 2014 was a carefully planned and executed grassroots effort to engage and inform parents and other education stakeholders about increasing funding for K-12 schools. Parents and others were eager to support the drive to guarantee some minimal level of funding to Mississippi’s local school […]

A few weeks ago I received a telephone call from an unfamiliar area code that was identified as coming from the Los Angeles area. Since I don’t know anyone living in Los Angeles who would be calling me, I let the call go to voicemail, to be returned or ignored after listening to it later. […]

During the past several weeks, I’ve been able to indulge my love for reading. Most of my reading time has been spent with mindless entertainment in the form of my favorite genre, romantic suspense novels. However, when not reading in that category I love to read practical “how to” books. Recent conversations led me to […]

Lots has happened in the public arena in the past five weeks. The most tragic event was the deaths of nine worshippers at “Mother” Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. on June 17. In the aftermath of those deaths, the South Carolina governor and Legislature have accomplished the removal of the Confederate battle flag from […]

When my colleague Derek Russell wrote last month about crossing into the land of thirtysomethings, it brought back memories of my own transition into that brave new world three-and-a-half decades ago. Like with Derek and I’m sure many others, the thought of turning 30 was a little frightening. After all, it wasn’t that long ago […]

If you’re a high-profile college or professional athlete who abuses women, look out. My sister is watching you and will call you out. She’s doesn’t hold any official position. She’s not close friends with any decision-maker who has authority of any kind. She’s simply a fan with strong opinions about how sports teams, broadcasters, schools […]

Perhaps it isn’t surprising that the most mail I receive is when I write a column about race, as I did last month. I generally address race in my January column, when it usually publishes the day before the Martin Luther King Holiday, and in February, Black History Month. In March, however, I again wrote […]