Shelter: Heitz Hall 1968–69

Bradley University, class of 1971, represented the most significant number of black women enrolling at one time. Unless you came with a friend and requested her as a roommate, the university decided each black girl should have a white roommate. On the cusp of womanhood and away from…

Que

Understanding the effects of fear and reasons why some used and use it, my whole being is deeply disturbed when someone sends me a message about fearing God. We have to stop teaching fear and teach love.“– LaQuanda Simpson Plant and Nurture “My tomatoes are coming along pretty…

Cinderella, Ph.D.

Is it possible to affix the notion of culture onto the fictitious character, Cinderella? As we know, culture can be defined as a long-term behavior migrating from one generation to another. Culture serves as a powerful force to sustain values and beliefs, and community involvement. What happens when…

This Issue: Culture!

Culture! We live it, breathe it, and have the opportunity to be open and receptive to learn about folks outside of our familial tribe. A few years ago, in our first issue, I invited ya’ll to “Jump” into the venture of exploring different cultures. This issue opens your…

Sarin’s Thai: Spicy Catfish Curry

  Ingredients: 1lb catfish filets 2 TBS rice or white flour Salt & pepper to taste Fresh basil leaves 3 TBS olive oil Curry paste* (Ingredients below) Preparation: Prepare Curry Paste (Recipe below) Prepare pan with heated oil. Wash fish, blot with paper towel Season with salt and…

BEING REBORN CULTURALLY

I have explored other cultures with the knowledge that they will be quite different from my own upbringing.  What is culture?  I would maintain that we all grow up in a particular community and national culture which has its own styles, conditionings, and attitudes.  Many people don’t ever…

The “Culture” of Education that Every Child Needs

When it comes to who is responsible for the learning atmosphere provided to each and every child, the parents, parent, primary caregiver and village must step forward. Over the years many villages have dwindled to nothing and many parents don’t want others impacting their children in any way….

Culture Humanity’s Bridge

Culture is a word for the ‘way of life’ of groups of people, meaning the way they do things. … https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture There are those that have a need to see everyone doing everything alike. The so called “right way.” History has shown that human characteristic to be a…

Pay Attention- You Can Learn from Another Culture

During a recent journey to Mexico, I found new facets of culture to which I had previously paid little attention. That first day, a publicly displayed prevalence of skulls that, in our USA culture, symbolize fear and death came front and center. Their appearance stirred another, more distant…

Acculturation: Coming of Age in America’s Heartland

Acculturation is the cultural modification of people by adapting to another culture. Growing up in Rockford, Illinois during the 50s, ’60s, and ’70s, black people were expected to change to housing, education, and employment settings designed for whites only. In the September 1949 issue of Life magazine, postwar Rockford was described…