- Bill Bradberry
- BRADBERRY: And the award goes to ... Solomon Northup Fearing that Twelve Years a Slave would meet the same demise as the 1985 blockbuster, The Color Purple, I was set to be disappointed by the Academy Awards presentations last Sunday evening.
- BRADBERRY: Looking back to see ahead; historical fortune telling Like hundreds of other Niagarans and former Niagara Falls residents now living in other various places around the world, I received some very exciting news in my email yesterday from our precious local "Towne Crier", my friend and colleague, Norma Higgs.
BRADBERRY: Zora Neale Hurston and R. Nathaniel Dett, folklorists
Life can be so short, yet so full, I thought as I stood reading the headstone, "Genius of the South, 1901 - 1960, Novelist, Folklorist, Anthropologist" atop Zora Neal Hurston's grave in Fort Pierce, Florida where she died poor and penniless in the County Home on Thursday January 28, 1960.
- BRADBERRY: Black history IS American, world history I have always appreciated February, forever History Month for me; can't we make it so for everyone, about EVERYONE?
- BRADBERRY: Secure the future, preserve our cultural heritage A lanky, young "high yella colored boy" growing up in the working class, bitter cold winter, and sweltering summer, non-air-conditioned factory neighborhoods that used to ring the world-famous Niagara Falls, I always wondered how we Black folks got here and why in the world we stayed.
- BRADBERRY: State of the Illusion address It was the summer of 1962 when I bought my first acoustic guitar from a co-worker for the sum of twenty whole dollars; two dollars down, two dollars per week.
- BRADBERRY: Enough pontificating, climate change is REAL! A good friend and I had a brief, but passionate and at times, rather heated conversation recently about the veracity of the climate change deniers claims that the whole issue is nothing more than a hoax.
- BRADBERRY: Dr. King's birthday, artistry of change Music, poetry, theater ... can reflect the mood of a nation, affect and inspire a nation changing movement. No doubt, the music and literary art of the '60s did both.
- BRADBERRY: War on poverty, retreat or surrender? I remember the 1960s surplus food distribution lines outside the old Armory on Main Street; cheese, Spam, powdered milk ... I remember it as though it was yesterday.
- BRADBERRY: New year, new attitude, new possibilities Written by Sharon Teresa Robinson, Jon Gilutin and Bunny Hull, Patti LaBelle's chart-topping hit dance anthem "New Attitude" helped set the fast pace for Eddie Murphy's pulse pounding action comedy "Beverly Hills Cop" soundtrack pushing both the song and the movie into the record book stratosphere, giving Niagara Falls the perfect theme song for the new year, 2014.
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