Sarah Dillard’s First Day at Zoo School is a big hit

First Day at Zoo School

By Terri Schlichenmeyer This year, you’ll be just like the big kids. Yep, this year, you’re going to school. You’ll have a brand-new backpack filled with paper and crayons. You’ll have a desk where you’ll sit and raise your hand when you want to talk. You might even get to ride the bus. Best of all, [...]

Dionne Kirby enjoys making music that connects with her fans

Dallas native Dionne

By:  Jackie Hardy, NDG Contributing Writer Dallas native Dionne Kirby is making her mark in the music industry as she most recently performed with legendary jazz artist, saxophonist and flutist Najee in Austin in which she proclaims has been one of her career highlights since starting in the business. According to Dionne, music has been [...]

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader is an excellent book!

Risking Everything

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You stand on the shoulders of giants. You’ve probably heard that all your life and it’s true: a lot of people have come before you to smooth your path. You benefit from their work, efforts, and their struggles – but you probably don’t think about it much. Or maybe you don’t know about [...]

NEW MUSIC: Billy Ivan’s Asking is an interesting blend of Hip Hop and Experimental

billy ivan

By Ruth Ferguson, NDG Editor Billy Ivan a self-proclaimed Hip Hop/R&B/Experimental Artist/Producer from Staten Island, New York sent a link to his new song Asking. When I it began I thought I was on the wrong page and went back to the email to confirm. It is very much not your typical hip hop song [...]

Roger Ebert – My Superhero

Illustration by Krishna Shenoi (PRNewsFoto/Ebert Digital)

By Chaz Ebert COMIC-CON San Diego is under way, and it inspired me to go back and read some of Roger’s reviews of superhero movies (ten of which are linked below). Roger confessed to having a particular fondness for the superhero comic book (graphic novel) movie genre. As I read some of the reviews, I [...]

“Getting Waisted” is a nice surprise for those who struggle on the yo-you diet cycle

Getting Waisted

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Up and down. Up and down. When your children were infants, you did it for them all night. You do it now with the remote, clicking through when you’re looking for something good on TV. You’re up and down while cleaning, working, exercising, and weighing yourself – and on that note, if [...]

NDG Bookshelf: “All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom”

All Different Now

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Tomorrow morning, when you wake up, everything will be changed. Oh, sure, you’ll still be in the same bed with the same sheets and jammies. Your room will be the same room you went to sleep in. Your mom will still be your mom and your dad will still be your dad [...]

SC Johnson heir could serve only two months for sexual assault of 12 year old step daughter


It is hard to imagine but SC Johnson heir, Samuel Curtis Johnson III, could spend as little as two months in jail for repeated sexual assault of his 12 year old step daughter. Somehow this billionaire is getting this light sentence along with a $6,000 fine. Johnson faced up to 40 years in jail after [...]

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