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Boyd: Black men: America’s scapegoat for violence

I’ve been thinking about violence a lot lately. June just began, and we’ve already surpassed 100 homicides. I’m fearful the numbers will continue to climb as...

Smith: Democracy’s slow death

The slogan of The Washington Post is “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” That phrase likely originated with Damon Keith, the legendary federal judge who died...

Smith: The mental struggle of being Black

Waking up every day is an absolute blessing. I’m grateful to be alive. Grateful for my health, family and friends. Grateful for life! But...

Boyd: Yes, we can we recreate the U.S.A.

We live in a made-up world. I don’t mean it’s not real because it certainly is. Our society, however, is constructed based on the thoughts...

Smith: The eternal fight

Thank God, there is a ceasefire. It’s tenuous at best, but at least it has come to pass.At first glance, the latest in the...

Child Advocates’ dedication to Marion County’s children

By GREGG ELLIS Every child deserves to be well-loved, protected, and secure in his or her home. But unfortunately, that is not the reality for...

Elevating Black entrepreneurs in Indiana

The disruptions of the past year have cast a spotlight on the unique hurdles that Black business owners face, including lack of access to...

Community policing can be a helpful tool for law enforcement

When I was a kid growing up in the city, my grandmother would often say, “People are always complainin’ they can’t get no help...

Boyd: Smokescreens and mirrors

I recently received an email. It’s not unusual for me to receive emails as I receive a large amount every day. However, this email...

Smith: The nuances of ‘Uncle Tom’

For nearly as far back as I can recall, I have been familiar with “Uncle Tom.” Of course, that is the name of the...


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