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At what age do you think a child recognizes the differences in skin colors? At 27 months my youngest was recently playing with Barbie dolls. She was insistent two of the dolls were sisters and had to sit together to...
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...
February is Black History Month. This is a month that pays tribute to African American men and women from the past and the present in history, science, politics, journalism, art, and many other areas. I want to take this...
Yes, you heard me right, you are… biased (C’mon, what b-word did you think I was referring to?!) I am biased. You are biased. We are all biased. Historically, and evolutionarily speaking, our implicit or unconscious biases developed from the...
I have been going to the polls since I can remember. My parents voted before work and made a point of taking my brother and me so that we knew the significance. In high school, my friends and I...
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...
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...
I spend my Saturday afternoons with young ladies ages 12-14. Now before you sigh and ask if I am crazy, know that I volunteer for this. I have volunteered to do this for years for the Center for Leadership...
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...
Recently, The San Francisco 49ers quarterback came out and stated that he would no longer stand for the national anthem during 49ers games. He states "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for...
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...
Alton Sterling has died. Alton Sterling was shot by a police man, while on the ground. Alton Sterling was Black. I am a multiracial mom raising three kids just outside of Indianapolis. I easily pass for white, or at least...
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...

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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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