Vernon A. Williams
By Vernon A Williams This week brought reflection on two unrelated seismic human occurrences in 2020 that dominated minds, bodies, and souls around the world and shook the very foundations of civility on a global stage. One was the unconscionable plague that ravaged lives and eroded sensibilities amid the monstrous coronavirus....
Charlene Crowell
By Charlene Crowell In recent years, many people of different races and ethnicities have fought against rollbacks to hard-won racial progress. From health disparities exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, to voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing, and more, much of Black America has suffered in ways that harkened back to...
Chuck Hughes
By Chuck Hughes As I witnessed the spectacular opening of the new Hard Rock Casino in Gary it warmed my heart to have been a part of the history. It also made me a bit melancholy to realize that I am the sole surviving member of the Gary city council...
Harry Alford
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford The year was 1969. Rebellion was starting to happen everywhere. College campuses were filled with unrest. Black Panthers, SNCC, Freedom Riders, SDS, etc., were popping up on major campuses throughout the nation. I chose the UW to fill out my college education and athletic...
Vernon A. Williams
By Vernon A. Williams To mask or not to mask – that is the question. Americans were initially told that 70 percent herd immunity was the prerequisite of returning to “normal life.” Now with only half of the nation vaccinated, the decision has been made that it’s safe to go back...
Harry Alford
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford My late dear mother suffered with diabetes. The illness cost her amputations of both her legs. The pain and suffering were decades in formation, and the pain was immense.  When the time came for her to announce a new amputation, which was certain to...
Charlene Crowell
By Charlene Crowell Last October during the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic and its rippling economic downturns, a key federal financial regulator adopted a rule that blesses the “Rent-A-Bank” scheme where predatory lenders partner with banks to evade state interest rate limits. Known as the “True Lender” rule, the Office of...
Delta Financial, Delta Jones
By Delta Jones-Walker Graduation season is upon us! Viewing the pictures and videos on social media never gets old. As countless high school graduates head off to college, the minds of parents become focused on the monumental price tag attached to that impending degree. As a long-time financial advisor, one of...
Robert Buggs Sr.
By Robert Buggs, Sr. “Don’t want outsiders like NAACP in their meeting,” states FOP Lodge #125 President James Tomko. That is the sentiment of the majority of Chris Anton Lodge #125’s membership, according to President James Tomko. His personal commentary was, “I think these guys have been beat up enough, put...
Vernon A. Williams
By Vernon A. Williams This is the season for celebration of scholarly achievement. After years of tireless commitment and relentless pursuit, after late-night intensive study and early morning lectures, after grueling research, papers and reports, along with class presentations and cramming for strenuous examinations, the Class of ‘21 can finally...