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SPRINGFIELD, IL (BlackNews.com) — What makes us Black? Is it just an abundance of melanin, or is there something deeper at work? And why would anyone who is obviously Black want to deny the obvious? The Capital City Courier, the local Black newspaper that is internationally read in over 35 countries around the world, tackles another intriguing and thought-provoking topic with its latest offering. Written by gifted investigative writer, Kim E. Gordon, “Undercover Brother: Why Are Some Blacks Afraid to Be Black?” sheds light on a phenomenon that has many Black folks baffled. Is there a system in place to keep us from expressing who we really are? What role does fear play in the Black experience, and how does that fear manifest itself in our behaviors? Read this highly informative story to find out!

What is the “punishment” for being “too Black?” Is there such a thing? Are there also rewards for being “less Black,” and how do those determine our day-to-day decisions? Pick up a copy of the Capital City Courier’s May 2013 issue, “Undercover Brother: Why Are Some Blacks Afraid to Be Black?” available at your local newsstands or on the web at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001FCSo8vbyFgpaG2RQQcAO600UOK9qrzuwTDN-YBykIToi-JUqrRZ1M1hYBbUh5b6jfwIpsbrUOJzqI1hAzkiOH0xaqjv0QeeL9ImT0MFzyyu_dTbaGsYQGvp-tOamZpJG.

“In order to move into the future, we have to first face who we are as a people and as a community,” stated Michael Pittman, the editor-in-chief of the Capital City Courier. “We must decide how we will define ourselves, and not allow others to define us. So, it’s important that we talk openly and honestly with the intention of educating, encouraging, inspiring, and healing.”

“At the Capital City Courier, we believe that if we are going to see real progress, we must become more comfortable raising the issues that sometimes make us uncomfortable. We believe it is our place here at this newspaper to continue with these articles that spur rippling discussions across this country. We feel this is another one of such topics.”

For additional information on the Capital City Courier, or the “Undercover Brother: Why Are Some Blacks Afraid to Be Black?” article, contact Michael Pittman at (217) 528-2998 or visit the CCC’s website at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001FCSo8vbyFgpaG2RQQcAO600UOK9qrzuwTDN-YBykIToi-JUqrRZ1M1hYBbUh5b6jfwIpsbrUOJzqI1hAzkiOH0xaqjv0QeeL9ImT0MFzyyu_dTbaGsYQGvp-tOamZpJG.

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