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Donald R Barbera's Blog Posts Tagged 'black' (5)

Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken

I am bipolar. I tried every way I could to put together a snappy lead sentence that would provide a little suspense, curiosity and provoke an old-fashioned interest in dirty laundry, but none of it seemed appropriate for a disease that can for many, be so crippling as to ruin or end lives.

Bipolar is now an official part of my medical record that is interesting if not colorful. My life took a significant turn with a heart attack while I was…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 14, 2015 at 7:00am — 19 Comments

Poor People Food

"I want grease in my gravy and fatback in my greens"--Doug McCloud



There is a class divide among some blacks in this country that if it weren't for the gravity of the split would otherwise be comical. Over a year ago I heard one of my friends speak of poor people's…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 4, 2013 at 11:00am — 24 Comments

That’s a Rap (Science)

Science is not a subject that is often pushed in the African American community except during black history month when the same scientists of the 20th century and earlier are trotted out again and again to the point that they have lost their meaning other than as place holders. With exception of Neil deGrasse Tyson, most African Americans would be hard pressed…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 2, 2013 at 9:07am — 6 Comments

Tough Problems, Even Tougher Solutions

Although the rate of black on black homicide dropped from the rates of crack-fueled 90's, according to FBI statistics murder of black males under 20 is still the number the number one cause of death, nor is it any surprise that the majority of those numbers are…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 1, 2013 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Apples and Oranges

Understanding the difference between apples and oranges is difficult when your tastebuds are partial to watermelon and red soda water especially when trying to spin a story as tragic, but predictable as the Arizona massacre that severely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.



It was about 12:30 p.m. when I walked into the lunchroom and as usual the television was tuned to FOX News, which for the people I work with is par for the NRA, Right Wing, ultra-religious folk… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on January 11, 2011 at 11:35pm — No Comments

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