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I am going to admit something, I was complicit in my views. I was a HUGE R. Kelly fan, as well as all of my friends and why wouldn’t we be, R. Kelley has sung the soundtrack of my...
I am an African-American teacher who loudly and proudly celebrates Black History Month. It brings me so much joy, yet so much anguish. Every February, I brace myself for my colleagues' collective groan as they feel forced to teach...
"I don't see myself different than any other mom, black in America or not. We, Moms, want & work to keep our children healthy, happy kids who grow into amazing adults.  However, as a black mom raising children in...
As a sophomore in high school, I heard my name being called over the school-wide intercom. “Roleen Bell, please report to the library.” The library? Ok, this can’t be for anything too bad. I took my sweet time, casually...
Recently a country artist was removed from his label after a clip went viral where he is heard using the "n word" at home with friends. Many people were outraged and questioned this action, comparing it to cancel culture...
Dear Stephen E. Beaven III (or as we call you, Trey), You are by far the most beautiful and amazing baby boy I’ve ever met, I can honestly say that because 1. I gave birth to you 2. We prayed...
"LOOK! LOOK! There’s a brown girl! Brown girls are disgusting! RUN!" My daughter was oblivious to it all, me on the other hand, I was furious. How could a three and four-year-old girl say something so demeaning to my seventeen-month-old...
Growing up, February was so important to my family because my our roots run deep. All of my grandmother's brothers served in the military and each served during wars. My grandparents were sharecroppers in the south; they spent the...
Let me precede this blog by saying this is not a blog paying homage to Bill Cosby. Straight up, there it is: there's a difference between Bill and Cliff. But, that's not what this blog is about. This blog...
                                            Let the record show, my mother raised me, so let me humblebrag for a second, I think...
My Family Is Transracial I am a proud mom to two daughters, one is biological (6) and the second is adopted (1). There is a 5 ½ year gap between my girls, which was not the plan, but an amazing...
The third Monday of January, every year, is the commemorative celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Growing up, the day has always been significant because it wasn’t just a day out of school, it was a...
In the U.S., Black History’s relegation to the shortest month of the year is a point of conversation in the Black community, every February. The appreciation of Carter G. Woodson’s petitioning for Negro History Week in 1926, which then...
They laid him in my arms at six weeks old. My husband and I had a little less than three hours after saying yes to our foster care manager's request to when we arrived at the office. Wrapped in a...

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10 Locations for “Trunk or Treat” Around Indianapolis

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Can you feel that fall, crisp air? Halloween is coming! And with that, there are events being planned around Indianapolis that will put you...
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