First Person: Belle Meets World  

Editor’s note: As part of our ongoing effort to feature new and exciting voices to our growing, and ever evolving, digital space, Northend Agents is pleased to be able to feature personal narratives in our new column: First Person.     Please allow me to introduce myself… If you’re reading this, …

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Marking a Transition: Lorenzo Jones Works to Build a National Movement For Health, Equity, and Justice

  By gabriel sayegh “I am the sum of all my experiences.” – El Hajj Malilk El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)  Today, Lorenzo Jones announced, that, after ten years as Executive Director, he is transitioning out of A Better Way Foundation (ABWF) – a Hartford-based criminal justice and drug policy reform organization. …

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Live from The Burning House: After-thoughts About MLK’s Radicalism

By Charlie Hotchkiss Throughout my years of becoming more conscious and self-aware, I’ve been faced with deciding what path to choose when it comes down to race relations. I think too many are hung up on this false sense of a post-racial society and believe that if we pretend long …

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First Person: How Education Helped Me Become Well-Rounded and Socially Conscious

By Odane Campbell, NEA Agents Intern   While school is primarily an institution of learning, it can also be an enriching and fun place to meet new friends, gain new experiences, and find love. And the West Hartford, CT branch of American Institute (AI) has offered many of those occurrences for …

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Connecticut Historical Society Wants Your Connecticut Memories for Upcoming Exhibit

What was growing up in Connecticut like for you? What childhood, teen or young adult memory can you share? What object, photo or other visual relates to that memory? Drawing from Connecticut residents’ stories and loaned items, a new “Growing Up in Connecticut” exhibit will open in May 2016 at …

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Chicago: $1.5 Million Bond Set for Cop Who Shot Laquan McDonald

A Cook County judge has set a $1.5 million bond on Monday for Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke on a first-degree murder charge. Van Dyke is accused of shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, resulting in his death. Officer Van Dyke, who has been held without bail since Tuesday, was shown on a …

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Ebony Horsewomen Inc. Planning First Annual 2016 Keney Park Horse Show

The First Annual Connecticut Classic Horse Show—a premiere Hunter/Jumper equestrian competition, hosted by Ebony Horsewomen Inc. and produced by the Westbrook Hunt Club, is scheduled to kick-off September 9 through 11, 2016, in Hartford’s historic Keney Park at Lookout Mountain. The Connecticut Classic has been a very long time in …

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Black History: Looking Back and Moving Forward

A 2015 Black History Month Opinion Editorial By State Representative Douglas McCrory February is Black History Month.  Every year, for twenty-eight days, we take time to reflect on our history and culture.  We, Black People, have a very, for lack of a better word, colorful past.  A past that goes back, …

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Documentary Films: Owen Alik Shahadah’s ‘500 Years Later’

By Tiffani Jones Looking for something interesting to watch during the Month of February in observance of Black  History Month? Filmmaker, writer and Pan-Africanist scholar Owen Alik Shahadah’s 2005 independent documentary film 500 Years Later is a valuable exploration and dissection of racial politics, as it affects those of the African Diaspora. Written by MK Asante and directed …

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‘You Don’t Hire a Rapper to be Your Agent’: The Stereotyping of Sports Stars & Hip-Hop Entrepreneurs

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By David Samuels I recently watched ESPN’s ‘30 for 30’ documentary on former National Football League running back Ricky Williams. Williams is a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy winner who played a total of 11 seasons in the NFL and the Canadian Football League before retiring in 2011. Williams is a …

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