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Apr 18th

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Man Talk: The ugly truth about suicide

With the recent death of Junior Seau, former professional football player, the subject of black suicides has again reared its ugly head. With other notable suicide deaths by Don Cornelius, Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman, and Frankie Lymon, not including the untold number of those who never make the headlines, we are no longer able to deny its existence in our community. Suicide is an ugly reality in the black community that must be addressed through all of our public and private conversations and dialogues.

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The value of a wife

The value of a wife

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.(Proverbs 18:22) True value begins with the individual and is transcended by those who are around them. Some people add to us, while others take away. Some women attach themselves to men who constantly put them down, creating in themselves a reflection of a negative image. Others, more fortunate, become close to men who see them as more than they are, making it easy for them to reflect this positive image.

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A woman’s perspective: Is he husband material?

A woman’s perspective: Is he husband material?

At the beginning of this year, I wrote an article, “Is he husband material?” It listed five essential ingredients as seen from a man’s perspective. My ingredients for husband material were responsibility, accountability, positive attitude about marriage, desire to be married, and a willingness to share his life.  This week, I asked my daughter, Nicole, to share her top five items from a woman’s perspective.  These items will supplement my previous list and provide balance to the all important relationship discussion.  Here are Nicole’s five items that make up good husband material.

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Gone to Ghana: Necessity nudges taste changes

Gone to Ghana: Necessity nudges taste changes

Plantains; they have always been a food enemy of mine. I am not sure why I have never liked them, but I never have. I often used to joke with friends and family that I was the only second-generation African who wasn’t fond of the fruit. But then I moved to Ghana, and my taste buds adjusted. The same food I used to readily reject, even if my stomach was growling, I now buy at the market on a regular basis. At first I found it odd that a despised food was now one of my favorites, but then as I looked back on this past year, I realized that my taste buds, in general, have changed.

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Exercise care with recreational fires

It’s getting to be the time of year when many Minneapolis residents enjoy a small outdoor recreational fire. Residents who like to have a fire in their yards should keep these City ordinances in mind to keep Minneapolis safe and livable:

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Men don’t cry

Men don’t cry. I remember the first time I heard those words. I was about 12-years-old and my hand had just been accidentally caught in the car door. I was now experiencing excruciating pain! As the tears begin to form in my eyes, I heard my older brother say, “You better not cry; Men don’t cry!” I looked up to him because even at 15, he never cried about anything. In my mind, I wanted to be a man about this too, so I dried the tears from my eyes and repeated the words “Men don’t cry.”  From that day forward I was a member of club “men” and I stopped crying about things, at least on the outside.

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Congo Emergency accompaniment returns child to home

Congo Emergency accompaniment returns child to home

A Minnesota-born organization working in South Sudan is bringing children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army back home.  Tiffany Easthom, Country Director for Nonviolent Peaceforce, speaking to an audience of over 100 people in St. Paul, recounted how Nonviolent Peaceforce child protection specialists drove into the Democratic Republic of the Congo from their location just inside South Sudan to bring home Betima, a girl who had been kidnapped by the LRA four years ago.  She was returned to her family and community.

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