This Week in History

Leadership. Community. Unity.

As I sat in the House of Representatives chamber, these were the themes I heard President Obama speak to in his State of the Union address.

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Works by Stout now at Ponder Fine Arts Gallery

Columbia, SC – The works of Renee Stout are currently on display in the Ponder Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Benedict College until March 16, 2012.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

The Good ‘Ole Boys

Listening to Newt Gingrich in Monday’s Republican presidential debate (on that beacon of “fairness” Fox News Channel no less) in South Carolina the thought crossed my mind: there is the distinct possibility that politicians might never end the scapegoating of Blacks and the manipulation of whites through racist appeals. Sadly, I think there has been too much of an investment in racism for it to be abandoned as a potent political strategy. While we convince ourselves that we are better as a nation than the ugliness we experienced during Jim Crow, there are those who walk among us that want and need to persist in divisiveness.

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Etta James: Matriarch of the Blues

“At last… My love has come along. My lonely days are over. And life is like a song.” Etta James

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Parenting Solo: T.O.T.E. – Trick of the Enemy

I have a confession to make – I am a tote bag-a-holic. I love a good canvas bag with cloth handles – no matter what the logo. When I was moving to a new home, my dear friend had a bag intervention. “No!!!!” I pleaded as I kept a death grip on a navy blue number with contrasting tan straps. “I can find a place for it!” I insisted. My friend firmly but lovingly gave me the best advice I’ve heard in a long time. She said, “Michelle, just let it go.” As I collapsed on my pile of soon to be discarded tote bags I realized my friend had done more than relieve me of extra baggage before my move. She had actually told me how to free myself both physically and spiritually.

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Make Over Your Event

Belly dancer at Islam Shrine Temple # 1 Red Carpet Extravaganza. Photo by Bennie Brown

Another year is upon us and so is another year of affairs, parties, soirées and events. After years of going to almost every type of event Columbia has to offer, including banquets, political affairs and sorority/fraternity parties, I think I am more than qualified to give this piece of advice to event organizers: make your event over!

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Drum and Dance classes