May 11, 2017

The Loss of Life…the Loss of Love.

On Tuesday, March 28, we lost another innocent life. 19 year-old Vastoria Lucas was gunned down in James Cayce Public Housing Complex.  She was walking with a friend one minute and the next, she was dead; reportedly shot multiple times.  According to reports, the shooting took place about 5:30 p.m., near a playground off 7th Street South.  Kevin C. Smith, …

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May 11, 2017

Our Educational Process: Teaching and Testing

There is no secret that students in the school system endure numerous tests as a way of measuring their status.:  their strengths and weaknesses.  They have major tests all day long at specified times of the year. There are assessments that include TN Ready, End of Course Tests (EOCS) and local school system benchmark assessments.  Tests also include college preparatory …

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May 11, 2017

Now that You Have Graduated, Now What?!

We are in the graduation season; high school, college and even kindergarten, elementary & middle school.  This is a time that families are so excited because “the student” their Beloved one is graduating. Graduation is a once-in-a-lifetime event that is captured in our minds forever.  It is the ceremony of conferring degrees, diplomas or certificates to a student who has …

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May 11, 2017

EDUCATION: “When You Know Better…You Do Better.”

It is a constitutional right for all children (and adults) to get a quality education. Education is the key to success in every area of our lives.  For some, it means “Coming out of Darkness into the Light.” In my opinion it is the key to civic salvation. Education is defined by some sources as an enlightening experience.  It is …

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April 17, 2017

Why We Must Vote

Last week I wrote about “Why We Should Vote,” and gave a historical perspective.  Now I am stating “We MUST Vote,” no matter what. Voting in the 2008 presidential election resulted in the election of the first African-American President of the United States.  Comedian Dick Gregory posed the question, some years back, would white folks vote for a Black man …

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April 17, 2017

Reflecting on Strong Women

There are those women who have a direct impact on your life, without you understanding nor appreciating their work at that time. However, as life goes on and reflection becomes significant, one learns the positive impact they had. In my editorial last week, I talked about my Mother, Barbara Jean Jones being my first teacher, and she still teaches me. …

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April 17, 2017

Do You See What I See?

This latest shootings by police officers killing Black men continues this saga of injustice, and brutality. The killing of Keith Lamont Scott, 43 in Charlotte, N. C. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, by African American Officer Brentley Vinson and the Tulsa, Oklahoma killing of 40-year old Terence Crutcher by the white female officer, Betty Shelby that took place on Friday, September …

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