Hero Of The Month (April): Shannon McDonald

by Brian A. Wilkins

Shannon McDonald of Temple University.

This young woman and I have something in common that breeds instant respect: we were both journalism students at universities in large metropolitan areas. Temple University in Philadelphia, and apparently all others good journalism schools, requires its students to write some sort of police story before you can graduate. Shannon McDonald was a senior this past February when she did a ride-along with Philadelphia cop William Thrasher. Ms. McDonald would learn and report something that is all too familiar to “blacks” and Latinos in the USA, but dismissed in Euro-American … Read Entire Article

HERO OF THE MONTH (March): Ty’Sheoma Bethea

by Brian A. Wilkins

Ty’Sheoma Bethea, 14, is the FIRST OP-NAT Hero of the Month
The story of Miss Bethea, the beautiful young lady from Dillon, South Carolina, was so heartwarming and so indicative of a new era of American youth, she inspired us to create a new category of blog entries: Hero of the Month.
This young, intelligent American teenager exhausted every remedy she needed to for success; in the form of reaching the President of the United States. Ty’Sheoma’s middle school, like far too many other schools in predominantly Nubian American neighborhoods, is inadequate and frankly unsuitable … Read Entire Article