Chocolate Phoenix: the story of pioneering aviator Willa Brown
Indianapolis Recorder
by NORAL PARHAM
2d ago
Surrounded by prestigious awards and memorabilia, dozens of families gathered at Avondale Meadows YMCA on the city’s eastside on Feb. 22 to learn about one of history’s trailblazers in the aviation industry: Willa B. Brown, whose family was among attendees. Brown is an integral figure in the history of aviation, often celebrated for her groundbreaking accomplishments and enduring impact on the industry. Born on January 22, 1906, in Glasgow, Kentucky, Brown’s journey to becoming a pilot and advocate for African Americans and women in aviation is headlined by perseverance and a relentless pursui ..read more
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All Star Game has been broken for years but the party was real
Indianapolis Recorder
by DANNY BRIDGES
3d ago
Danny Bridges Now that the dust has settled and things at Gainbridge Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium are back to normal, it’s time to call the NBA All-Star Game exactly what those who truly understand the game of basketball have known forever. It’s an exhibition and without question a complete and utter failure that needs to be taken away from those who have no problem continuing this obvious  masquerade while turning a  rather robust profit to boot. It’s simply a party for the rich and famous and while there may of been a few mutts like myself allowed in, the bash itself was exclus ..read more
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Children’s dental health: What to know
Indianapolis Recorder
by CHLOE McGOWAN
3d ago
Local dentists are helping families make sure kid’ teeth are healthy before the Tooth Fairy comes to collect. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so the Recorder sat down with a few dentists in the community to brush up on some important hygiene tips every parent should know in caring for their child’s teeth. Dr. Jordan Crowe, an Indy-based pediatric dentist, said her first piece of advice to parents is early intervention. Dentists want to see a child about six months after their first tooth comes in or at one year old, whichever comes first, she said. “It’s just a really good ..read more
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REVIEW: Beef and Boards brings ‘Beautiful’ to life 
Indianapolis Recorder
by CHLOE McGOWAN
3d ago
Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre is celebrating the life and legacy of Carole King, one of the most successful female songwriters of the late 20th century.  On stage now through March 30, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is a Tony Award-winning musical based on the true story of the legendary Carole King Klein, the spirited young songwriter from Brooklyn, New York, who wrote for musicians such as Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, The Chiffons, The Shirelles and Bobby Vee. Directed by Heather Patterson King and choreographed by Kenney Green-Tilford, “Beautiful: A Carole King Musical” follow ..read more
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Business transactions: 2023 wrapped; 2024 predicted
Indianapolis Recorder
by JAMAR COBB-DENNARD
3d ago
Jamar Cobb The 2023 small and mid-size deal space was a whirlwind. Interest rate hikes, capital sourcing transitions, news about buyer cool-downs, and market uncertainty due to bank failures and war made doing deals a bit trickier. Interest Rates Yes, money cost almost twice as much to borrow in 2023. Although no one wants to pay higher interest rates, the impact on dealmaking was significant. Increasing rates means that the amount of cash flow that can pay debt in an acquisition decreases. This translates to lower transaction values, lower loan amounts, and higher debt service. The interest r ..read more
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Circle City Prep to host Black History Month bake sale
Indianapolis Recorder
by Garrett Simms
3d ago
Circle City Prep’s (CCP) Culinary Club have been preparing for the school’s Black History Month bake sale. In collaboration with The Patachou Foundation, CCP’s bake sale is an opportunity for students to use their cooking skills to learn about entrepreneurship and strengthen their community from within. “How have we employed our talents to help ourselves, to help our communities? Let’s focus on the legacy of entrepreneurship. Let’s focus on the legacy of self-reliance and determination to employ our talents to serve our communities and ourselves,” said Shannon Mitchell, culinary director of Th ..read more
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The role of sports in promoting health in urban environments
Indianapolis Recorder
by CAMEUAL WRIGHT
3d ago
Dr. Cameual Wright Embarking on a journey towards a healthy lifestyle begins at home, and integrating sports at an early age can be a transformative approach for families. However, this integration does not come without its challenges. The discussion surrounding the barriers to health in urban environments is multifaceted. Barriers including poverty, unemployment, lack of transportation and limited access to greenspaces are all contributing factors. Research from a national study found 16 percent of youth aged 6 – 19 years old are overweight and those living in rural areas are at greater risk ..read more
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Navigating tax season: A guide to financial wellness
Indianapolis Recorder
by DEVYNE HARRIS
3d ago
Devyne Harris As the calendar turns and the scent of spring wafts through the air, it’s time to face the annual ritual that sends shivers down the spine of many: tax season. While the mere thought of filing taxes can induce anxiety for some, understanding its significance and having a grasp of key concepts can alleviate stress and pave the way for financial empowerment. Filing taxes is not just a legal obligation but also a crucial step in contributing to the functioning of our society. Taxes fund essential public services such as education, infrastructure, healthcare, and social welfare progr ..read more
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Policy and progress: Food justice in Indiana
Indianapolis Recorder
by JADE JACKSON
3d ago
Bread for the World Indiana and the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus partnered to host an afternoon discussion surrounding food injustices Feb. 15 at the Indiana Government Center. The Food Justice and Faith Community Teach In and Listening Session aimed to offer an afternoon of learning about food insecurity, food sovereignty and justice for Black farmers and children. RELATED: Pacers, City of Indianapolis, multiple community partners unveil Drive & Dish to combat food insecurity “When we think about the disparities, we have to always remember there has always been a God, that there has a ..read more
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Footsteps of faith: Black Jewish Hoosiers
Indianapolis Recorder
by JADE JACKSON
3d ago
Willaine St. Pierre remembers being just twelve years and going up against a Christian youth pastor to defend her faith at a convention. The pastor was teaching the youth group about the rapture when he mentioned something about Jews. “My mom was Jewish in the strictest of the orthodox faith. They believe if your mom is Jewish, you’re Jewish. I was born in Haiti, and she was a third generation Haitian Jew. My father was a Christian pastor,” said Pierre, who is on the board of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council. RELATED: Black Jewish leader works to boost community, inclusivene ..read more
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