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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Three Strikes: Black, Male, and Floridian.

By edward 10:35 am August 11, 2009

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Cruel Summer

By Summer M. 9:33 am August 11, 2009 R.I.P. John Hughes It’s been a tough summer for 80s babies. Though Purple Rain–and my sister–turned 25, those of us who remember taper-legged jeans and neon colors the first time around have had a rough summer vacation with the death of Michael Jackson and now John Hughes. […]

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The Problem with “America’s Next Top Model”

A couple of months ago a good friend of mine asked me to accompany her to America’s Next Top Model auditions here in chicago….

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The Badge of Gyges

By tamara @tamaracg 11:55 am August 10, 2009 After having a long conversation with a friend about the love-hate relationship between police and members of the Black community, i revisited one of my favorite legends, the Ring of Gyges, in an attempt to understand the pervasiveness of police brutality in our society.

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Where’s Aniysah? A Campaign to End Violence Against Women of Color

By Fallon 11:08 am August 7, 2009 This week, I am going to feature a blog I wrote for Document the Silence which is a website I co-founded dedicated to ending violence against women of color. Right now, we are in the midst of mounting a national online media campaign to document how domestic violence […]

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Blacks and BAD HAIR

By Supernerd 2:49 pm August 6, 2009 httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0KHbK81QxI I am looking forward to the theatre release of this comic documentary Good Hair about black folks’ obsession with ‘good’ hair. Chris Rock’s drive to start this project came when his daughter asked him why she didn’t have good hair. My best friend feels that “most people […]

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A Gay Man’s Struggle: Original Poetry…”Why DL”(Cont.)

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 12:18 am August 6, 2009 They tried to debate…which man is more of a man… “Girrl you let him get yo boogina?!? No shade girl, but imma need you to not be looking at me like that, cuz how I is, is how I was and how I will always be… OOKKKK!!!” […]

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Tough Enough?

By edward 9:52 pm August 5, 2009       President Barack Obama has a knack for quelling folk’s fears through rhetoric. When his opponents said he was inexperienced, he countered them by characterizing himself as the “fresh air” Washington needed after being pillaged by Beltway insiders. When Black folks questioned his Blackness, he adopted a […]

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Baatin & JD: Rest in Beats

By Summer M. 12:43 pm August 5, 2009 My apologies if I’m stepping on toes by posting on Wednesday, but I couldn’t let the week go by without honoring Baatin of Slum Village, who passed away unexpectedly last Sunday. Zo! (you maybe have seen him on tour with Platinum Pied Pipers and/or The Foreign Exchange […]

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Today in Post-Race History: Hooray, Beer!

By Summer M. 10:56 am August 4, 2009 Let’s face it, no one wants to sit around with the President, Joe Biden, Skip Gates, and some random police officer–with “diversity” training–drinking beer and pretending to talk about race. Sure, it’s a (free?) trip to the White House and all, but I don’t want to explain […]

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