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It’s time for men to man-up to domestic violence

It’s time for men to man-up to domestic violence

Mar. 27 |     If I asked, “What is domestic violence?” how would you define it? The answer I usually get falls along the lines of “someone beating up their intimate partner.” My understanding of domestic violence used to be just as narrow. Actually,...

Forgiveness is the cure for pain of the past

Forgiveness is the cure for pain of the past

Feb. 27 |   On a crisp winter night, my siblings, a few cousins and I were camped out in our living room dimly lit by the Christmas tree lights. Our peaceful slumber was abruptly disturbed when the front door came crashing in. Splintered wood from the...

Changing negative behavior?  — First, change the company you keep

Changing negative behavior? — First, change the company you keep

Jan. 16 |   Last month, a young man who read some of my columns sent me a response letter. In it, he described some of his struggles with making changes in his behavior to improve his life. He mentioned that he can’t figure out why he continues to get...

Children shouldn’t receive a life sentence

Children shouldn’t receive a life sentence

Nov. 14 | My 99-year prison sentence started in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison. Built into the side of a hill, the prison has acquired the unsettling myth of being underground. Upon my arrival, I believed it was true. To enter...

We must challenge and change our system of mass incarceration

We must challenge and change our system of mass incarceration

Oct. 17 |   “Police!” The shout from outside the front door was followed by the house shaking violently from a stampede of police exploding through the door. I was a terrified four-year-old in Spiderman pajamas staring at high-powered assault rifles...

Prison life: consequences  of the street life

Prison life: consequences of the street life

Aug. 22 |     “You have 60 seconds left on this phone call,” blurts the automated voice. It’s an irritating reminder of where I live. When I talk to my daughter on the telephone, my confinement in prison fades into a vague reality. The 60-second...

Money, power, respect: Part 2 — Power

Money, power, respect: Part 2 — Power

Jun. 13 |     “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”      — Alice Walker, author of  The Color Purple   At first glance, it can appear that people who have an abundance of money also possess...

Money, power, respect: Part 1, the money

Money, power, respect: Part 1, the money

May. 16 |     Part one of  three-part column   Bullets in search of flesh and bone burst forth from a semi-automatic pistol, cracking the silence of the night air. Zipping to their tragic destination, the bullets leave in their wake piercing...

Let it go: dealing with unresolved beefs after changing your life

Let it go: dealing with unresolved beefs after changing your life

Apr. 18 |     Over the past few months, my columns have mostly been directed toward the MSR’s adult readers. After a few readers’ responses that I’ve received, I see I have caught the attention of a few eyes. With that accomplished, consider...

Show our youth we care by resurrecting  the village

Show our youth we care by resurrecting the village

Mar. 21 |     It was an August afternoon and the sun was blazing. I was a penniless seven-year-old, and I decided I was going to have an ice cream by any means necessary. I strolled down to the corner store on Broadway and Fremont. In that time it...
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