Local Educator Spreading Love One Book At A Time

Mrs. Gigi M. Gibson introduces her first self published inspirational, comforting, and overall feel-good book for children and adults alike. Letters From the Future; Sweet Words of Encouragement is an innocent compilation of encouraging letters and masterpieces written and drawn by 2nd-grade students for their beloved teacher. Gigi is a native of Peoria, where she … Continue reading Local Educator Spreading Love One Book At A Time

Thomas “Jim” Lilly – Celebrates 98 Years

On June 2, 2020, Thomas “Jim” Lilly celebrated his 98th Birthday with a parade led by a fire engine. It consisted of approximately 35 cars of family & friends. Thomas’ story began in 1922 where he was born in Camden, Arkansas. He is the youngest son of Tony & Nellie (Pratt) Lilly. After his tour … Continue reading Thomas “Jim” Lilly – Celebrates 98 Years

The Struggle Continues… Righteous Anger By Sherry Cannon

Rapper Grand Master Flash has a song called “Close to the Edge.” The lyrics are, “Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head. It's like a jungle sometimes. It makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under.” Black women are often stereotyped as aggressive and angry. … Continue reading The Struggle Continues… Righteous Anger By Sherry Cannon

Guns, Who Should Own One? By Lorraine B. Carter

Guns, who should own one? That question often erupts in bitter arguments and stoic opinions. People are often on one side or the other. The arguments usually invoke cries of racism, classism, and governmental dictatorship in taking civil rights away from its citizens to own guns. The Second Amendment states: A well regulated Militia being … Continue reading Guns, Who Should Own One? By Lorraine B. Carter

How Essential Are You? By Mark Lampkin

At the end of each year, beginning in 1991, the American Dialect Society has selected a “Word of The Year.” Recent examples are tweet (2009), hashtag (2012), and fake news (2017). With the recent developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent shutdown of many American entities: schools, businesses, and sporting events, we have also … Continue reading How Essential Are You? By Mark Lampkin

How Sports and Protesting Go Hand in Hand By Mark Hollis

The recent murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, has shed light on the plight of what it’s like being black in America. The killing of Floyd had been captured on a cellphone video by an onlooker, who, along with others, watched as he pleaded for his life. As … Continue reading How Sports and Protesting Go Hand in Hand By Mark Hollis