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Friday, February 20th, 2015

If film starts dialogue about black gay issues, it succeeds

Only three members of Bluegrass Black Pride walked as a gay contingent in the Roots and Heritage Parade last year in Lexington, but Thomas Tolliver put it on his list of 2014 highlights. The group has been making concerted efforts to raise the visibility of black gays and lesbians locally. “The white gay community has […]

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Story of UK’s black football trailblazers subject of CBS film

By the time I entered the University of Kentucky as a freshman in 1969, the football team had been integrated and UK had become the first Southeastern Conference team to have black players. Nate Northington from Louisville and Greg Page from Middlesboro were the first black players awarded football scholarships at UK after a concerted […]

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Women make educating Kenyan girls their mission

Carolyn Witt Jones and Jo Robertson were only casual acquaintances before their mission trip to Kenya in 2011. “Carolyn was going alone, and I didn’t know her very well,” Robertson said. “I wanted to go on safari. So I said I will go with you if you will go on a safari with me.” Both […]

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Agency’s fundraiser helps refugees re-settle in Lexington

With the help of an interpreter, Joel Rosales, a refugee from Cuba, explained how he came to paint a chair, one of about 16 that will be auctioned to benefit the Kentucky Refugee Ministries in Lexington. During one of the classes refugees are required to attend to help their transition to America, Rosales said his […]

Monday, February 9th, 2015

For Sifford, golf’s racism made it easy to be hard

Golfing great Gary Player, when introducing his friend and fellow golfer Charles Luther Sifford at his induction into the 2004 World Golf Hall of Fame, said some people called Sifford mean. Other people called him ornery and bitter. But, Player said, none of his friends or fellow golfers did. The more I read about the […]

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Holocaust born from marginalizing minorities

Irma Rosenstein of Lexington called a few days ago with a request. She wanted me to change what I had planned for that evening to watch CNN and Voices of Auschwitz, a documentary featuring Jewish survivors of concentration camps in Poland that were operated by Nazi Germany in World War II. “You watch it and […]

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Book Project needs donations for India, Uganda

At one time, I was into wild birds. I ignored my husband’s constant complaints about having to weed-eat around the multiple bird feeder poles I had pounded into “his” lawn in the backyard. And I dismissed as signs of gratitude the many gifts left by my feathered friends after they had filled their ­tummies. I […]

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Cliff Jackson to play piano at benefit

Watching and listening to Cliff Jackson directing the church choir on Sundays, I sometimes forgot how famous he is. Jackson took early ­retirement from serving as vocal coach at the ­University of Kentucky in 2011, ­expecting to blend in with us commoners and to hide his gifts under a basket. That was never to be. […]

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Young entrepreneur brings Booiaka to Lexington to shake things up

A co-worker, who used to be my friend, urged me to take an exercise class she had found that was “fun and different.” I’ve never described exercise as fun. Those two words should not be used in the same sentence as far as I’m concerned, I said. Booiaka is different, she said. I went. What […]

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Instead of charter schools, improve the ones we have

Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, remains neutral in the debate on whether charter schools should be allowed a foothold in Kentucky. “If you say, ‘Stu, do me a paper on why we should do charters,’ I can do that,” Silberman said last week. “If you said, ‘Stu, do me […]