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Because everybody knows somebody who knows the president

[click to enlarge] BARACK OBAMA President of the United States MICHELLE OBAMA First Lady DAVID MANILOW Executive producer, Check, Please! When Manilow needed guests in the show’s early days, he tapped Barack, then a “lively, articulate” state senator, who taped an episode in 2001. ALPANA SINGH Host, Check, Please! She wasn’t hosting when Barack appeared—and … Read more

Eyewitness Account: Emmett Till’s cousin Simeon Wright seeks to set the record straight

Simeon Wright visits his cousin Emmett Till’s grave at Burr Oak Cemetery.  It’s achingly difficult to dig up what you have spent a lifetime trying to push down. In recent years, Simeon Wright has moved slowly, steadily, inching his way toward revelation. He has faced what he wanted to put behind him, recalling the events … Read more