American hip hop is as multilingual as America, with emcees mixing English together with any number of other languages. And pick a country in the world and you’ll find an emcee who’s making quality hip hop about that part of the world, and often in their own language.

Justin Cary

As summer rolls in the amount of time my family spends on our back patio increases tenfold. It seems that everything happens outdoors, from playing with the kids to cooking.

But after a couple weekends, burgers and brats get a little old, and my wife and I look to expand our grilling repertoire. So we start to break out recipes that would otherwise be cooked in the oven, and instead begin baking and roasting them on the grill.

First of all, it seems weird that people are worried that Solo: A Star Wars Story brought in only $103 million in its first four days of release -- $103 million is a lot of money!

“Ah, but Fletcher,” you say, “it’s not Star Wars money.” And that’s true. It’s not.

It again seems likely that the United States-North Korea summit will take place next month. Delegations from both countries have arrived in Singapore to work out logistical problems and other issues for the likely meeting.

“Birds do it. Jerks do it. Let’s do it. Let’s tweet.”

When Cole Porter wrote those lines – OK, the first three words of those lines – he had no idea what sort of world would be wrought here in 2018. Not only do humans tweet, but their tweets make headlines, alter governmental policy and rile international relationships.

Wichita can be considered the “bumblebee city.” If the bumblebee is the insect that should not be able to fly but does, Wichita is the city that shouldn’t be here but is. A visitor to the area in 1871 would have been well advised to bet on Newton, on a major transcontinental route, as the dominant community of the area. 

OnWords: Identity

May 29, 2018

More fundamental than the issue of so-called identity politics is the definition of identity itself.

My work in the mental health field has me facilitating workshops on culture and its impact on work in human services.

In these workshops, we inevitably end up talking about the idea that various cultural forces are at play in forming an identity and creating a worldview.

But isn’t “identity” itself a concept of the Western world?

The Lost Family, Jenna Blum’s new novel, transports and immerses the reader in the 1960-1980s suburbs and city of New York. The title refers to myriad losses families experience.

Peter Raskin, a German-Jewish émigré and survivor of Auschwitz, lost his family during a Nazi roundup. Harboring guilt for not saving them, he maintains an impenetrable wall around his heart. But while secrets we keep and grief we ignore seem innocuous and ours alone, the consequences for others can be injurious.

It used to be that we didn’t expect that much from our TV movies. For a long time, there was a good reason a movie would head to television instead of the theater. 

Artist Fred Wassall, born in 1904, moved to Wichita from his home of Birmingham, England, around 1926. He had visited his brother here and decided he liked the small town with the big city flair.