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Monthly Archives: December 2009

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Poetry In Motion…Two Decades Of My LIfe

I am a 90′s baby…. the epitome of infancy growing up in the 90′s. Im talking about when we did the bounce and not the beyonce Im talking back when we thought the letters TLC were close together in the alphabet chasing waterfalls in our LA Gears and Jellies kicking back in our Nautica and […]

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Make 2010 A Post “Post-Race” Year

“Brooklyn we did it”. Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls, the larger than life hip-hop icon, carried a lot of weight, most of the load he carried was from his corpulent frame, but another portion was from carrying the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant on his back. As Brooklyn’s unofficial ambassador in the mid-nineties he gave a lot […]

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New Year, New Resolutions (Not to Keep)

Dear Common, Did you seriously say, “I’m a man”?  With a straight face? Generally, I resolve not to make New Year’s resolutions.  That way, I’ve already broken my resolution by day one, and don’t have to spend 364 days talking about how I failed yet again.  Since I’d rather watch football than go see racist-ass […]

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The Abortion Healthcare Christmas Edition: Everybody Ain’t the Virgin Mary

For many Christians around the world, the Christmas season signals a time to remember the Immaculate Conception of Mary of Nazareth and the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a time to remember when hope in the form of a baby boy came into the world. You see, when I was a little Pentecostal black […]

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It’s better than money: It’s FOOD STAMPS!

    I read the New York Times article titled “Food Stamps Usage Soars, Stigma Fades.” The article is about the lessening of  stigma regarding the use of food stamps. What comes to mind when you think of the U.S. welfare system, specifically food stamps or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?  For me, I remember seeing black single mothers with multiple […]

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The Lies That History Tells: Merry Pagan Holiday

I want to find the truth. I want to discover a history that doesn’t lie to me. I want to explore the past in a light of pure actuality. I want to walk on the trail of tears with Native Americans. I yearn to be the child of a jobless single mother in the great […]

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My Thoughts On Christmas

When most people think of Christmas they usually envision images of an older, portly, White man in a hot, itchy red costume, encouraging children to sit on his lap while desperately trying to not look like a pedophile. Others may think of a grandmother getting trampled in Best Buy because she did not move fast […]

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Weekly News Roundup

December 14, 2009 – December 20, 2009

City Schools’ New Criteria for Diversity Raise Fears Crystal Yednak and Darnell Little, The New York Time, December 20, 2009 Violence leaves family facing grim holidays; Murders of son, cousin shatter happiness — but not faith Mary Mitchell, The Chicago Sun-Times, December 20, 2009 Health gap kills 3,200 black Chicagoans a year; African Americans miss […]

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Making a List, Checking it Twice

Bah Humbug.  I almost totally forgot that Christmas is this Friday, have no idea when Hanukkah started, and couldn’t name the principles of Kwanzaa if Maulana Karenga threatened to falsely imprison me.  Still, I’ve found enough holiday spirit to give gifts to folks both naughty and nice.  I think they’ll be somewhat useful to the […]

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The Failure of Shared Glory

I love sports. But I don’t necessarily love athletes. If it isn’t Tiger’s melodrama, it is Dwight Howard’s attempts to sue the mother of his child for posting pictures of their son on Twitter or his banning her from speaking his name (who does he think he is? Voldemort?!)

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