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The Unseen Struggle of Baltimore’s Squeegee Kids

I live just outside of Baltimore, MD, and over the years, as the crime rate has increased, I find myself less and less willing to set foot in the city. To paint a picture, there are over 300 homicides in the city per year, as well as more than...

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Where Were You on 9/11?

I would not say that I remember it completely, but I was in an 8:30am staff meeting on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. Not exactly "at" the meeting. I was dialed in to the meeting; I was in North Carolina and the meeting was in Massachusetts. Knowing me, I was...

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Africa is a Beautiful Continent

I was reading a headline recently about the coup in Gabon and once again I noticed that Africa only seems to be in the news when there is violence. I then looked at CNN and saw articles about violence in Niger, Libya and Sudan. If that bothers me, I’m...

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60 Years Ago – Jobs and Freedom

I was in my mother’s womb when she went to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. So, I am very proud to have gone. My older sister said that my mother came home "thoughtful". Back then, to have 250,000 at a march at the monument...

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Salaries: Where are our Values?

August is upon us, and I am a football widow once again until February. And if I was a mother, I would be preparing for the school year – buying supplies and clothes. A friend of mine recently said that the whole purpose of a blog is to use...

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Hip-Hop Turns 50.

Hip-hop just turned 50. Born in 1973 when an 18-year-old DJ performed at a party, sampling songs and beats on two turntables so that the music never stopped. It was expected to be a fad, created by young people. In the early 80’s, my boyfriend from New York City...

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Medical Research vs. Exploitation

Earlier this week, the family of Henrietta Lacks settled a case with ThermoFisher over the use of special cells, HeLa cells, taken from Lacks’ cervix during a routine biopsy when she was being treated for cancer. When I first heard this story, one of the things that concerned me...

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Product Safety – It’s What I Do

I’m about to switch jobs, and I was riding in the car with a girlfriend, waxing poetic about my work, and she was saying "uh-huh, uh-huh" and I really thought she was getting it, but then I asked point blank – "Are you understanding ANYTHING that I am saying?"...

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