Essay: What would King say about these two senseless deaths?
August 30th, 2013
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Fifty years ago, a Baptist preacher mounted a stage on the Mall to offer a thrillingly operatic description of his American dream. Today, many who’ve called a Florida 17-year-old’s shooting death an “epic tragedy,” and those who recently stormed the airwaves to decry a white Australian baseball player’s killing are wondering what these deaths say [...]

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At Spelman College, a program tackles tough issues of weight, health and self-image
May 2nd, 2013
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ATLANTA — As part of its new plan to address black women’s wellness- and obesity-related health issues, Spelman College recently hosted “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Conversations with Wise Women.” Featured alongside health and fitness professionals was plus-size comic-turned-Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique. The star told students how she for years owned the “sexy big-girl thing,” [...]

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Beasts of the Southern Wild’s tiny star: It’s all in her name
February 14th, 2013
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Days after she taught me how to pronounce it, I still find myself saying the child’s name, just to  hear the singular exoticness of it: “Quevenszhane’.” The first time I saw the first name belonging to the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee in a review of the acclaimed film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” it [...]

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Upper Crust’s closing: Losing a local treasure — and more
January 11th, 2013
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The Upper Crust bakery is no more. And I’m annoyed. Okay, not annoyed, exactly. I’m actually feeling sad, frustrated and abandoned, like the dozens of Colesville, Md.-area residents who lined up outside the bakery Thursday to say goodbye. It was 18 years ago that I first stepped into the bakery that had just opened next [...]

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Can’t Stop Giving, Day 20: Five ways to know you’re giving too much
December 20th, 2012
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All of us know people with a penchant for giving, who generously offer whatever is needed by others. Some of us are those people. That’s great because giving is good. Not only is generosity a spiritual precept of every major religion; giving sweetens, deepens and adds meaning to our lives whether we’re offering or receiving. Anyone who [...]

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