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Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Featured Collection

Black History Month is winding down, and so we bid adieu to the social media posts saluting African American heroes, and the displays of racial solidarity from corporations. We also see the end of “Black Stories” compilations on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. While still available, these Black television shows and Black movies won’t be featured together again until February 2022 when the next Black History Month rolls around. Am I complaining that a spotlight is being shone on Black stories? As a biracial man in America, I think certainly not. And these kinds of stories are especially important…


Rest in a thousand little pieces

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Rule of Law, known and respected widely by a majority of Americans, died a public and very tragic death this past Tuesday.

In the week since her death, tributes have appeared in most reputable newspapers, television news networks, and social media sites. Other more extremist and fringe media outlets and politicians, including the President of the United States, have been silent on the matter.

Although not born in the United States of America, Rule of Law flourished in the early days of the country. John Adams, a founder and second President, insisted that the country be one of laws and…


Biden supporters must forgive and (never) forget.

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Joe Biden is now the President-Elect of the United States. In what seemed like an eternity between Election Day and the projection of Biden as the 46th President, much was made about the idea that Trump may not concede. It turns out, as of November 9th, he has not acknowledged Biden’s victory, but has actually vowed to fight the will of millions of people and question the legitimacy of one of the pillars of our government.

Biden, in a speech on Saturday evening, stated that now is a “time to heal in America.” As much as this sounds nice and…


Your candidate won. Now what?

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1. Start Here If You Support Biden And He Wins

Congratulations! The country isn’t completely nuts, just 20% or so. Good has prevailed over evil, but your work is not done. You must keep up the resistance to the dark forces that have cast a pall over this country.

If you choose to accept the challenge of continuing the hard work, skip to #7.

If you are now complacent because you think the GOP has changed overnight, skip to #8.

1A. Start Here If You Support Biden And He Loses

It was a hard fought battle. But it was just that. A battle. …


Why we need to support the arts now more than ever

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Just finishing a season that was delayed due to the pandemic, the National Basketball Association has been a model for other professional leagues on how to resume operations as close to normal as possible. Living in a bubble at Disney World helped the league bring back the sport to its fans while at the same time protecting players and team management from COVID-19.

Besides providing entertainment to the fans, there was a financial incentive to get the game going again — professional sports are a hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars industry in the US. And the thing that sports have going for them is…


An Important Lesson from John Lennon on his 80th birthday

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There’s a lot that has transpired in the world since John Lennon’s death in 1980 at the age of 40. Famine, refugee crises, despotic regimes, and armed conflict are all so common that we often feel there is little we can do about it. These are big problems, after all, but none of them new. There were plenty of things wrong with the world in 1980, but Lennon likely thought we would have moved in a different direction by 2020. We have not.

John Lennon might be disappointed if he could see the state of the world today. We have…


The A-F grading scale may not only reflect mediocrity, it may be causing it.

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The story of the modern education system begins some time in the 1800’s. Unlike the expectation in classrooms across America, you don’t need to know the exact date. There won’t be a test at the end of this article. But if there was, would it change how you read this article? Would you pay more attention to key dates and names? After all, you clicked on this article not expecting a test. Maybe you clicked on it because the title intrigued you. You were able to choose what it was you wanted to read. And so, hopefully, you read through…

Kris Owens

Writer. Kris received his MA from Ball State University. Twitter: @kristopherowens. Website: www.koauthor.com

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