All posts by: Lawrence D. Elliott

Like so many African Americans, I've had my run-ins with the police. I've been stopped at gunpoint for running out of stores after making a purchase. I've been stopped for being short (and black!). Even just because I looked suspicious....
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There are those moments when you hear a song that so perfectly fits someone you know that you can't help but think of them whenever it's played. These melodies become special and never leave your heart. Just as that special...
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We sail away together to a magical land A romantic journey neither of us planned...
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Twelve months ago, I began my unexpected return to the US, after living in Germany for two and a half years. For my last nine days, I stayed with old friends in the Odenwald region. They wanted to make sure...
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On September 6, 2014, I gave my seventh Toastmasters speech in my quest for the prestigious Competent Communicator designation. Since joining the organization and giving my first speech—also known as the “Icebreaker Speech”—I’m right on the fast- paced schedule I...
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This week, I stopped at a Fresh & Easy food store to grab something quick for lunch. I love shopping at this chain because each store is filled with a large variety of wholesome and delicious food, making it so...
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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is quoted as saying "Without an education, a people will perish." From the moment "The Great Emancipator" set America on the path of the abolishment of slavery, black families have struggled...
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In case you haven’t heard, I began working as an assistant screenwriter on an independent film this January. I won’t rehash the details. However, if you hadn’t heard, you can read my piece in The Huffington Post, titled “Love Is...
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It was the spring of 1979 when a sedan carrying two young African-American men was stopped by two police cars just as they entered the onramp. It was 9:15 p.m. and they were headed home after a hard shift at...
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When I returned to the U.S. in November of 2013, working on a film had never crossed my mind. I just wasn't there. I'd been in Germany since May of 2011, and knew I needed to restart my life here...
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