Author Archives: Cynthia Bond Hopson

Family Reunions are Important, Fun

“It’s so nice to come together,” Gamble & Huff (from the O’Jays’ Family Reunion) I’ve been hanging out at the Dixon-Goodlow family reunion this month and I had a ball! Yes, it is an annual thing but the more we … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate the ‘Good Stuff’

June is African American Music Appreciation Month so before I run out of days, let’s get busy celebrating the “good stuff.” I’m suspecting that folks of a certain age—not old and not young, remember when we watched Soul Train, Ed … Continue reading

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Election 2020 is a Long Way Off

It’s not even July and I’m already sick of the 2020 round the clock “news coverage.” And, if one more person decides they need to run for president, I’m heading to the airport to have a real temper tantrum like … Continue reading

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Want to Make a Difference, Give Blood

You, too, can be a Lifesaver Rarely ever do I advocate for things I don’t personally do or for actions that I don’t take. Okay, so I encourage folks to eat beets even though I don’t because they taste like … Continue reading

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Denver, Cleveland, Just Get There

I am headed to Denver this morning and no, that’s not where I meant to/was supposed to go today.  I was headed to Baltimore then Cleveland before I arrived at the airport five minutes after they closed the boarding door … Continue reading

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Share Time, Bless a Heart

I am a mentor and I am much richer because of it. For as long as I can remember, someone has mentored me, or “took up time with me,” as my great-aunt called it. We call it “mentoring” nowadays but … Continue reading

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A Salute to Those Who Served

A salute to those who served, died Every time I hear the mournful tribute Taps played, or see soldiers fold the American flag, kneel, and place it in the hands of a widow, parent, or family, I stand a little … Continue reading

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Let the Fourth Graders Be In Charge

Leave Fourth Graders in Charge I was born in 1955, 10 days before Rosa Parks took her historic seat in Montgomery and catapulted events into a new and unfamiliar place in the South. I share this because our place in … Continue reading

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Pay Attention, Strokes Are Preventable

Filmmaker and academy award nominee John Singleton’s death at 51 years old last week from a stroke hit me right between the eyes. Perhaps it was because he was so young (when you’re over 60, everyone under that age is … Continue reading

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Appreciate the Work

Appreciate the work, workers this month “And when it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May…” Songwriters Ronald White and William “Smokey” Robinson probably had no clue all the images these few words would conjure up when they wrote … Continue reading

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