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Hey, why don't you people go back to Africa?

By D. Ware, published on Feb 8, 2012

Hey, why don't you people go back to Africa?

This question was posed to me one afternoon while walking home from school by a somewhat angry freckle faced teenager. The incident took place in Boston during the "forced busing" initiative of the 1970s. I never really gave the question much thought back then; I just added it to the list of insults I had become accustom to as a black boy growing up in one of the most racially charged environments on the East coast. But more than thirty years later, I still remember the angry teen and his simple question. Did he seriously believe that African... (more)

Tags: slavery, liberia, back to africa movement, colonization, sierra leone

Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves

By D. Ware, published on Feb 6, 2012

Bass Reeves: Forgotten Hero of the Old West

I grew up on a steady diet of weekly television westerns: The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Big Valley, The Wild Wild West, and The High Chaparral were some of my favorites. Things were either right or wrong; there was no middle ground. All could be made right with the world within an hour. But after watching hundreds of episodes, I can honestly count on one hand the number of black gun-totting heroes that appeared on the small screen. At the time, it didn't bother me because I didn't know that men like Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass... (more)

Tags: outlaws, african american history, old west, bass reeves, deputy

What is my life's purpose?

By D. Ware, published on Dec 2, 2011

Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is? While I imagine almost everyone has asked his or herself that same question, I have yet to meet anyone who openly wanted to discuss the question over coffee and chocolate chip cookies. I like chocolate chip cookies. The Oxford Dictionary defines purpose as, “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.” Nietzsche said of purpose, "To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity." The basic premise of Nietzsche argument is not only that we all have a purpose in life but that ignoring one's purpose... (more)

Tags: life, philosophy, purpose

Dick Bruna - The Creator of Miffy

By D. Ware, published on Nov 1, 2011

While watching Sunday Morning, something I do every Sunday, I saw a piece on Dutch author and illustrator, Dick Bruna. If you're not familiar with the name, you may be familiar with his books. Bruna is the author of over 120 books for children about a little white bunny named Miffy. Dick Bruna was born in the Dutch province of Utrecht in 1927. His great-grandfather started a publishing company called A.W. Bruna & Zoon, in 1868. Management of the company has been passed down the family line for generations. Under Bruna's father, Albert Bruna, the company grew to be one of the largest publishing... (more)


Mary Ann or Ginger? You be the judge...

By D. Ware, published on Oct 26, 2011

No question does a better job of giving you insight into the psyche of the average middle age man than this one. If you’re not familiar with the question, then you never watched Gilligan’s Island. This popular situation comedy followed the adventures of an unlikely group of castaways thrown together on a deserted island. Who would have guessed that a “three hour tour” on the S.S. Minnow would turn into a three year successful television run in the late 60’s? The fact that the castaways knew they were most likely on an uncharted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean and that the island was full... (more)

Tags: gilligan, gilligan's island, sitcom, situational comedy

A Haiku Poem for Emmett Till

By D. Ware, published on Oct 25, 2011

The Death of Emmett Till

hot Missippi night,angry voices fill my earspain, darkness, calm

- Check out this short blurb on the Emmett Till story at Digital History.


Tags: poetry, civil rights, haiku, emmett till

Roscoe Arbuckle: a miscarriage of justice?

By D. Ware, published on Oct 25, 2011

he perils of a celebrity life...

You may not be familiar with the name,Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, or the scandal that ended his movie career; but read closely and I'm sure you'll discover a familiar tale.

Arbuckle was born in Smith Center, Kansas on March 24, 1887. He was one of nine children. Because of his beautiful singing voice, his mother encouraged him at an early age to pursue work in theater. Arbuckle joined the vaudvile circuit in 1906, joining the Pantages Theatre Group and touring all over the country. But it was his silent screen career that would earn him fame and fortune.

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Tags: crime, roscoe arbuckle, silent films, sensational trials, celebrity crimes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial: Do We do a disservice?

By D. Ware, published on Oct 24, 2011

On October 16th, thousands of people converged on Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. to attend the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther, Jr. Memorial led by President Obama. To visit the memorial you'll need to locate 1964 Independence Avenue in the nation's capital, the official address of the monument. History buffs will quickly note the connection between the address and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A truly monumental moment but I’ve often wondered if these types of tributes hamper future generation’s attempts to make change? In some circles, it's almost sacrilege to imply that the average... (more)


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