‘Wild and Woolier Time’

  From my perch in the office loft on Harney Street up from the Old Market, I looked down at the pages of that week’s edition. They were carefully ranked across the first floor. Most of those with full-page ads were done, while half- and quarter-pagers awaited their assigned stories, columns or calendar items. Sales […]

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Jocelyn: Omaha’s Rising Star

  Beloved Omaha singer-songwriter Jocelyn, who’s just turning 22, has been a star-in-the-making since playing street corners and open mics as an old-soul teen prophet. Her winsome presence, yearning voice, melodic guitar licks and heartfelt lyrics about personal empowerment can move even jaded listeners. In early 2018 she won over the suits of major record […]

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Local Roots Run Deep

In conjunction with The Reader’s annual music issue, I was asked to come up with some top local roots bands. In no particular order, here are six local bands that I return to again and again for solid, heartfelt, original roots music. Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal I think the first time I heard Josh Hoyer […]

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DISPARATE DISCIPLINE

The harsh practice of early childhood centers and elementary schools meting out discipline to “difficult” children through suspension or expulsion is netting more attention. Even more disturbing is the higher rate at which African-Americans and Latinos face exclusionary discipline for behavioral reasons. Special-needs kids are also more frequently disciplined than the general student population. Punitive […]

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African Culture Fest – July 15

This inaugural fest kicks off with a strong mission. Created by the team behind AFROMAHA, it’s goal is “to provide a long lasting platform that celebrates African culture, fosters unity, and that promotes understanding and acceptance of the growing rich cultural tapestry in Omaha and beyond.” It’s first initiation through the African Culture Fest which […]

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