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Man Talk: Think like a man?

The topic of thinking like a man was first presented in a book by Steve Harvey and more recently in a move titled with the same name.  On Saturday, May 18th at the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis, Dr. Karen Flynn, assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois presented the keynote message questioning the topic of thinking like a man. I was asked by LnL Consulting to be on the panel for the discussion that followed the presentation, and I was excited to be a part of the powerful discussion.

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Forgiveness and redemption Mother confronts, embraces son’s killer

Forgiveness and redemption Mother confronts, embraces son’s killer

On Feb. 12, 1993 three lives changed forever.

One life, Laramiun Byrd’s, just 20-years-old at the time, ended abruptly with four gun shots – three to the chest and one to the head. The shots were fired from a then 16-year-old Marlon Green, who later changed his name to Oshea Israel. Israel’s life was the second to be forever altered by the ill-fated encounter.

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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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