Category Archives: African American History

A Mother’s Anguish – The Trayvon Tragedy

By Linda Tarrant-Reid As the world watches the parents of Trayvon Martin seek justice in the murder of their 17-year old son by a vigilante volunteer, we are struck by their grace.  Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton have faced TV … Continue reading

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Déjà Vu All Over Again – Selma to Montgomery March – 2012

By Linda Tarrant-Reid “Ain’t nothin’ changed, but the date.”  Sadly, no truer words have been spoken, especially given the sweeping initiatives by Republicans today to turn back the clock to the Jim Crow Era, where individuals’ rights were legislated away … Continue reading

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Black History Should Be Celebrated Everyday

 By Linda Tarrant-Reid When February ended, I thought to myself that’s it, the end of Black History Month?  No more corporate commercials on TV acknowledging the contributions of our African American legends.  No more documentaries focused on the struggle and … Continue reading

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Whitney – Gone, Too Soon,1963 – 2012

By Linda Tarrant-Reid R & B legend Whitney Houston was found dead in her bathroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 11.  Houston was scheduled to attend her mentor and music producer Clive Davis’s annual … Continue reading

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Pursuing the Dream

By Linda Tarrant-Reid I remember when Stevie Wonder came to Washington, DC to lobby for the MLK holiday in the early part of 1979.  I was working at WETA-TV, a PBS affiliate in Washington, DC, as a national publicist on … Continue reading

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Looking Forward to 2012

By Linda Tarrant-Reid Good-bye 2011 and hello 2012!  As I greet friends, family members and strangers with the familiar “Happy New Year,” I say it with more conviction and more intention, than I ever have before, because I truly wish … Continue reading

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Tuskegee Airmen Honored in Two New Films

By Linda Tarrant-Reid Americans celebrated Veterans Day on 11/11/11 with patriotic parades, solemn wreath-laying ceremonies, tributes, exhibitions and documentaries filled with archival footage of wars and the brave men and women who fought for American causes around the globe.  Originally … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street Takes Us Back to Our Roots

By Linda Tarrant-Reid The east coast was hit by a historic nor’easter this past weekend blanketing areas from Maryland to Massachusetts with heavy, wet snow ranging from almost 3 inches in New York City’s Central Park to 19 inches in … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Rev. Al Sharpton

By Linda Tarrant-Reid Originally published in The Westchester County Press, October 20, 2011 I watched Al Sharpton on “The Wendy Williams Show” last week.  Reverend Al has really reinvented himself.  Gone are the long permed tresses inspired by his early … Continue reading

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The Campaign Season is Upon Us

By Linda Tarrant-Reid We all know the drill, lawn signs pop up out of nowhere a month before the actual election, mailboxes are stuffed with campaign literature, and robocalls asking for your vote interrupt your evening meal.  I’m talking about … Continue reading

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