|Vol. 15 No. 3
February 10, 2020
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
by Jamala Rogers
There will be music, food, remembrances and thoughts on Demetri’s art and spiritual side. The celebration is open to the public, so if you
knew Demetri, please come out to remember a special person.
Demetri was a figure in my own person Black History experience as he devoted his life to fighting the good fight within state government for Affirmative Action and
Civil Rights. I hope people will turn out.
It’s been a struggle in getting The Hues’ Black History Month issue. It should have been out about a week ago.
It looked like it was going to be a beautiful, on-time issue when mess happened. First, there were two articles that I was expecting by outside writers that I found out
late would not materialize. And as it was a large newspaper with a full-slate of advertising, I had no choice, but to produce two additional articles.
I made the adjustment and again I was working hard to meet my deadline.
But just when I read that flu cases were up in Madison and Wisconsin about a week ago, I started feeling those annoying symptoms that said the flu was headed my
way. And what a virulent strain it was, at least for me. It took me out for five days. I couldn’t focus and at times, I didn’t know if I was awake or dreaming. It was
My joy of producing one of the best Black History Month issues turned to tension, anxiety and guilt on top of the physical symptoms I was experiencing.
It is still a beautiful issue. It features my interview with Bobby Seale, the co-founder — he says founder — of The Black Panther Party. It was an honor to interview
him and rank it right up there with my interviews with Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni.
We had a discussion about me taping the interview so that I could quote him accurately. He was suspicious of my motives. Apparently others have tried to cash in on
him through the placement of YouTube interviews complete with advertising. I didn’t mind his skepticism and I didn’t blame him. We went through an exchange
where he agreed to allow me to tape it as long as I emailed him a transcript, which I did. -- READ MORE
by Jamala Rogers
Before I get started on this week’s issue, I want to remind people about “The Madison Community
Remembers and Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Demetri D. Fisher,” will be held on Saturday, February
22nd, 1-3 p.m., at the Urban League’s Southwest Training Center, 1233 McKenna Blvd., across from
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