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Black by popular demand


The black vote is said to be the determining factor in whether the Democrats hold the U.S. Senate.  President Obama is on black radio shows, and of course “Little” Al’s TV show, giving us the rundown on how important our turnout is to next month’s election. The Dems and Repubs are outwardly admitting that the black vote is the x-factor in this election.

Isn’t it great to be wanted and needed, even if it is just for one day?  All across the nation, black is popular once again, all because it’s voting time.

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Ebola: A long and ugly tradition of treating Africans as savages


Of the nearly 10,000 people who have been infected by the Ebola virus, fewer than 20 have been outside of the African continent.

But you wouldn’t know it from much of the alarm that’s being raised in some European news outlets and by the outrage of some American politicians who can’t understand why President Obama hasn’t banned flights from the affected West African countries. The Obama’s administration’s announcement last Tuesday requiring anyone flying in from Ebola affected countries to come through one of five designated screening airports has not quieted critics who accuse him of not doing more to “protect Americans.”

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How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help


WASHINGTON – For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help.

The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online give members of the class of 2015 more tools than ever to help chart their next step, even if finding the right college is an inexact science.

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Tennessee Promise deadline prompts appeal for students to sign up

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A group of state lawmakers representing area districts are headed to schools today (Oct. 27) to spread awareness about a unique educational opportunity with a looming deadline.

The deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise – a scholarship program designed to provide two years tuition-free education at a community college or technical school in Tennessee – is Nov. 1.

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Film review: ‘Plot for Peace’


In 2009, I reviewed a movie called “Endgame,” a political potboiler which divulged, for the first time, the pivotal role a British professor named Will Esterhuyse played in the end of apartheid. I remember feeling a little skeptical about the veracity of the alleged well-kept secret.

But here it is five years later, and we now have a “Plot for Peace,” a documentary staking a similar claim on behalf of another supposed critical figure who also ostensibly operated under the radar. This picture purportedly recounts how Jean-Yves Ollivier, a French businessman surreptitiously referred to as “Monsieur Jacques” in classified correspondence, orchestrated the dismantling of South Africa’s racist regime as well as the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

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