2020 July Volume 55 Number 7

These are the basics you need to know: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover … Continue reading 2020 July Volume 55 Number 7

He’s in the Stars: How Ronald McNair’s Brief Life Inspired A Chicago Boy’s Dreams By Cassiette West-Williams

Future astronaut Jordan-Amman with his grandmother, Cassiette West-Williams Before the movie "Hidden Figures" was released in 2016, one African American youngster liked daydreaming about the stars. At five years-old he talked about space ships, circling the sun and clouds. He was not interested in watching a "girl" movie, but kept playing with his rockets and cars. … Continue reading He’s in the Stars: How Ronald McNair’s Brief Life Inspired A Chicago Boy’s Dreams By Cassiette West-Williams

“Less Than 1%” | The Other Pandemic By Lord Mic

Lord Mic This is a despicable brand that Black businesses and communities have been beguiled into willingly accepting as their own. It’s come to define the space where Black businesses and communities are allowed to earn, profit, and to build their brand; within 1% of the majority. Whether information technology, healthcare, or the marketing & … Continue reading “Less Than 1%” | The Other Pandemic By Lord Mic

Western Avenue Redevelopment Project Delayed AGAIN

To: Peoria City Council Members D. Denise Jackson From: D. Denise Jackson, SCUC Board Member, Agnes Crooks, SCUC Board Member, Gene Rayford, SCUC Board Member, Terry Burnside, SCUC Board Member, Glenda Williams, SCUC Board Member, Robert Johnson, SCUC Board Member Re: Western Avenue Redevelopment Southside Community United for Change is calling on Peoria City Council … Continue reading Western Avenue Redevelopment Project Delayed AGAIN

The Year Of 2020: What’s our Vision By Robin Carter

In December 2019, Chinese health officials informed WHO (the World Health Organization) about a number of patients who had an unusual type of pneumonia, and considered deadly. This information was quickly dismissed and declared a "hoax" and fake news. As time went on, conditions worsened, more people became ill while some died. Still, nothing was … Continue reading The Year Of 2020: What’s our Vision By Robin Carter

A Toast to the Tomato! Tasty Garden Goodness by Candy Webb

Candy Webb So many of us are gardeners this year. Some new to the joy of planting and some more seasoned cultivators. When asked what people were growing the most, the overwhelming response was tomatoes! There are just a few short weeks left until those beautiful berries morph into luscious sun-ripened fruits, full of magnificent … Continue reading A Toast to the Tomato! Tasty Garden Goodness by Candy Webb

I Didn’t Lynch Me! By Mae Catherine Godhigh

African-Americans are not exempt from suicide. According to the Journal of Black Psychology, on an average day in the United States, 1 African-American dies by suicide (not lynching) every 4.5 hours. Lynching is a premeditated murder committed by a person or group of people by extrajudicial action. The purpose of public lynching served to enforce … Continue reading I Didn’t Lynch Me! By Mae Catherine Godhigh

Good Riddance to Aunt Jemima and Hello to Michele Foods By Cassiette West-Williams

What was once a breakfast fixture in some households may be replaced with a current Black woman's syrup product. Michele Hoskins has been producing her great-great-great grandmother's syrup for 35 years, but now that the Quaker Oats Company has retired its negative image of a woman of color, a newer producer is trying to attract … Continue reading Good Riddance to Aunt Jemima and Hello to Michele Foods By Cassiette West-Williams