THE QUEEN HAS JOINED OUR ANCESTORS By Cassiette West-Williams

    Clinging to the news reports, fans internationally waited and prayed for Queen  Aretha Franklin's health to improve. However when word came regarding her visitors coming to say farewell, people knew in their hearts that her time was quickly slipping away. She was "family", because you knew Aretha could throw down on a special Sunday … Continue reading THE QUEEN HAS JOINED OUR ANCESTORS By Cassiette West-Williams

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. By Cheryll Boswell

August of 2018, we said farewell to two American legends, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Senator John McCain. It was somewhat mesmerizing that on the same day and almost simultaneously in Detroit Michigan, Aretha Franklin was being eulogized in a ceremony befitting a queen, while John McCain was being memorialized with presidential honors in … Continue reading R.E.S.P.E.C.T. By Cheryll Boswell

Defeat Hate . . . VOTE – Peoria NAACP Branch 56th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet – October 27, 2018

The Peoria NAACP branch will be hosting its 56th annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel & Conference Center, in East Peoria. Social hour will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm. The theme for this year’s event is “Defeat Hate……VOTE. The keynote speaker for the banquet is … Continue reading Defeat Hate . . . VOTE – Peoria NAACP Branch 56th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet – October 27, 2018

The Onyx Connect: Student Publication Promotes Minority Excellence on College Campus By Tiffany Jackson-Skinner

When speaking of excellence with reference to the black community, often times it is categorized into two groups: sports and entertainment. This stereotype developed during the Jim Crow era, as African-Americans were prevented from gaining any opportunity to advance. With an oppressive mindset, it is easy to understand why many began to use their environments … Continue reading The Onyx Connect: Student Publication Promotes Minority Excellence on College Campus By Tiffany Jackson-Skinner

Painting of Cleve Heidelberg Unveiled at Open House By Dr. Francesca A. Armmer

On Friday, August 31, 2018, the commissioned painting of Mr. Cleve Heidelberg was unveiled at the Creativity Uncorked Studio of R. Rashad Reed. Within this painting, artist R. Rashad Reed captured the diverse vitality of life and living that was Mr. Heidelberg. The blending of primary colors and differing hues has created an imagery that … Continue reading Painting of Cleve Heidelberg Unveiled at Open House By Dr. Francesca A. Armmer

Who are Your People? By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)

Matt. 13: “Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?” This is the time of year that family reunions are wrapping up. Family barbecues and the like are wrapping up, and people are slowly drudging to prepare for the winter. Soon, summer breezes and … Continue reading Who are Your People? By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)

The Traveler Weekly By Mark E. Lampkin, CEO Mark Lampkin Media

The Traveler Welcomes New Contributing Writer – Mark E. Lampkin Editor’s note: The Traveler is honored to announce that Peoria native, Mark Lampkin will be a contributing writer for our publication. Please enjoy his very first article. It is with great pride and humility that I submit this article, my very first, as a contributing … Continue reading The Traveler Weekly By Mark E. Lampkin, CEO Mark Lampkin Media