Category Archives: OP-NAT HEROES OF THE MONTH

Hero Of The Month (April): Shannon McDonald

by Brian A. Wilkins
5/31/2009 (links and photos updated December 16, 2018)

Temple University in Philadelphia, and apparently all others good journalism schools, require its students to write some sort of police story before graduation. 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 black and Latino Americans, but dismissed in Euro-American media as “the race card.”

Here is the gist of this whole situation: Ms. McDonald wrote an article for the Temple News, the

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

by Brian A. Wilkins

3/18/2009
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
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