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Monthly Archives: October 2009

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Be Bold Be Re(a)d: The Podcast

I want to thank my good sisterfriend and comrade, Alexis Gumbs, for pulling the Be Bold Be Re(a)d podcast together. 3 years ago women of color came together and transformed what it meant to transform terror on Halloween, declaring October 31st Be Bold Be Red Day, a day for women of color and allies to […]

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Halloween: Battle Between Church and State

Growing up in a fairly religious household, I was never allowed to trick or treat. I never got to dress up as a ghost, goblin, or display any type of cute themed cartoon— the innocent ones like Winnie the Pooh or Mighty Morphing Power Rangers (The originals). Unlike my story, most little kids growing up […]

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What is on your head?

This past weekend I took a break from the monotony of the “ivory tower”. I threw down my books and pushed aside my assignments so I could be entertained. My friends and I decided that with midterms rapidly approaching we needed a few good laughs to maintain our sanity, so we decided to go see […]

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Kiss and Tell: Losing Isiah

Those of us who lament the current incarnation of the NBA despite Lebron James’ and Chris Paul’s (he’s soooo cute — no hetero) greatness do so because we remember the golden age of the league.  (Are you looking for Kobe love?  You won’t get that here.  Move along.)  Those of us born in the 80s […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Week of October 19, 2009 to October 25, 2009

Ford’s Insensitivity and Ignorance Bill Maxwell, St. Petersburg Times, October 25, 2009 Summit Series Targets Achievement Gap; Richardson Will Host Private Talks Journal Staff Report, Albuquerque Journal, October 24, 2009 LR district studies survival ideas if desegregation aid cut Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, October 24, 2009 Forum looks at minority youths in justice system Matthew […]

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Yes, I’m a Spelman Woman, but do I have to wear a white dress every damn day?

“Spelman thou name we praise STANDARDS and honor raise we’ll ever faithful be throughout eternity . . .” Reflecting on my twenty some years of existence, I must say the best decision I’ve made thus far was to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Not because it was the blue print for the show, A […]

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The Ballroom Scene: A New Black Art

Over the past month I have been writing on the good and bad of “The Ballroom Scene.” Now I want to take a moment to explain more about the rising underground dance, that is becoming one of the new “black arts.”  If homophobic, masculine idolizing, intolerant schools like Morehouse would be a little more open […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Week of October 12, 2009 to October 18, 2009

ACLU: DeSoto Country Retaliating Against Student Shelia Byrd, Biloxi Sun Herald, October 19, 2009 Making the Grade Isn’t About Race. It’s About Parents. Patrick Welsh, Washington Post, October 18, 2009 Official: Black Colleges ‘Stuck in Survive’ Jordan Blum, The Advocate, October 17, 2009 Small Steps, Not Big Leaps to Help Pinellas’ Black Students Ron Matus […]

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Scary Black Men

Am I really that scary? I’m  only 5’9’’ 180 pounds.  This is what I asked myself when a girl ran away from me as I walked down Ellis Avenue two weeks ago. Initially I was flabbergasted by her reaction. Did I look like a criminal? I had on an under armour shirt and some old […]

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Today in Post-Race History: No Homo

I’m having trouble embedding the video in question.  Please view it here. Remember last year when all the white gay people were mad at black people because Prop 8 passed in California?  Well, it wasn’t a fluke.  We’re still their whipping boys (er, bois?).  Last week, my internet boyfriend AC (again, the only man I’d […]

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