INDEPENDENCE DAZE

There is a saying that goes “There is nothing new under the Sun.” To a certain extent this is true. Along with this, there is a tendency for a kind of cultural myopia in that everyone feels that the era that they experienced is the most important one. Because...
Father’s Day has been celebrated in the United States since June 19, 1910. It is fitting and proper that a day be set aside to honor the contributions of fathers to families. Today, many people have not always paid attention to the importance of fatherhood, but all you have...
Recently, one of the worst mass shootings to take place on American soil occurred in Orlando, Florida. A so-called Muslim “terrorist” opened fire in a gay night club, killing 49 people and injuring 50 more. This is a travesty – imagine being in a public place to have fun...
Recently, there were two events that have profound implications for the Black Community. On the one hand a new version of the classic miniseries based on the late Alex Haley’s book, “Roots” was featured over the Memorial Day Holiday. There were elements in the story that did not appear...
The Gary Crusader, a member of the Crusader Newspaper Group, celebrates its 55th Anniversary this month. The celebration will take place on Friday, June 3, in the B. Coleman Aviation hangar at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Highlighting Our Past and Crusading for...

TRUMP CARDS

Donald Trump is now the “presumptive nominee” for the Republican Party’s candidate for president of the United States. He will most likely face Hillary Clinton in November if Senator Bernie Sanders doesn’t pull a surprise upset. Based on his apparently unpresidential demeanor, there are many in the Republican camp...
The game of chess has been around for centuries and has captured the minds of some of the world’s greatest thinkers. What’s intriguing about this game is that it seems to mimic real life. You have the board with 64 alternating black and white squares, recalling the 64 hexagrams...
It has been confirmed that one of the greatest conductors of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. If this decision is actualized, it will be the first time in the history of the United States that a woman would...

PURPLE REIGN

Once in a period someone comes along with talent so immense that it staggers the imagination. Such was the case of the late, great all-around musician/performer/philanthropist Prince Rogers Nelson. Prince made his transition on Thursday, April 25 at the age of 57 in his home, Paisley Park, in Minnesota....

THE POLITICS OF BEAUTY

The game of beauty is one that is dependent upon the minds of those who perceive it, and it is influenced by cultural politics. What is intrinsic beauty? Some have said that beauty is found in "regularity" of form; i.e., that everything fits together symmetrically. This may be true...