[caption id="attachment_16747" align="alignleft"]Chinua Achebe[/caption]On March 22, 2013, Chinua Achebe, one of the world’s foremost African writers, joined his ancestors. He died at the age of 82. My mourning the loss of this literary giant is not just the right thing to do, it’s personal!
[caption id="attachment_15686" align="alignleft"]"Peacekeeper’s Gift" by Carolyn Mazloomi[/caption]The senseless murder of 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins by her boyfriend, Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, and his subsequent suicide, is a double tragedy that highlights the degree to which domestic violence has permeated our culture. Perkins was also the mother of a three-month old daughter fathered by Belcher, and according to news reports, his mother and the child witnessed the murder. What is unique about this case is that most of the original media coverage focused on Belcher, the perpetrator—who, why, what? Questions about his motivations, state of mind, etc., pre-occupied the airways.