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Monthly Archives: February 2010

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Tavis Smiley and Al Sharpton: The Street Fight Edition who will wear the Hood Crown

Some of you are wondering what this word “prognosticator” means. Well, I’m glad you asked young grass hopper. Webster defines it as someone who predicts the future or as someone who speaks powerful insights. Perhaps, at one point Tavis Smiley and Al Sharpton spoke powerful insights on behalf of Black communities. Of course, this was […]

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NNEKA’S “CONCRETE JUNGLE”: Addictive, powerful, life-affirming, and incredibly necessary…

Concrete Jungle stuns, inspires and enthralls from beginning to end, and confirms without question that Nneka has the potential to be among the most vital and fascinating voices of pop music in the years to come. Believe the hype.

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Strengthening America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

WhiteHouse.gov | February 26, 2010 President Obama signs an executive order to strengthen the capacity of and increase access to Federal funding for the Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Is Black Abortion Genocide?

Despite all the recent news stories of well-intentioned whites bombarding American borders with black babies–colored children are not in high demand. They are not, as celebrity child-collectors would have you believe, the next big thing. Instead, they are in America and abroad, getting their asses kicked by hunger, by poverty, by disease, by parent-less homes, […]

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In a Word: Passion

I’m getting old. No, my hearing isn’t fading, my sight isn’t any worse than normal and my bones don’t creak but I’m aging. I know this because my sports heroes are all in their twilight years. It hurts me to watch Kevin Garnett and Allen Iverson as they slip out of their respective primes and […]

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The Ramifications of Slam Poetry Part 3: A Commercialized Art

Anytime an underground art becomes commercialized it is simultaneously at risk of becoming compromised. We saw this happen in the ballroom scene, rap music and hip hop culture. The same issue surfaced in the poetry scene when Russell Sims began to take spoken word and turn it into a commercialized art. Nothing is wrong with […]

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Can Haute Couture Help the Poor?

This month both New York and London Fashion Week featured a special Fashion for Relief show organized by Naomi Campbell to raise money in support of the disaster in Haiti. Basically, I don’t know whether to support the industry providing relief to victims in Haiti or to be offended by the irony of the whole […]

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Rap Confessions

First and foremost I would like to apologize to my neighbors in my dormitory. At any given time you may have heard a loud “brrrrr” and wondered what it was. No, it was not me complaining about the brutal Chicago cold (it has actually been a temperate winter). More importantly, we have central heating. You […]

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Managing High Expectations

ESPN.com Florida State football star and NFL prospect, Myron Rolle talks about what it means to be a Rhodes Scholar.  Read the ESPN story here.

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Weekly News Roundup

February 15, 2010 – February 21, 2010

Students defend need for HBCUs Elizabeth Crisp, The Clarion Ledger, February 22, 2010 Black students gather in ‘Solidarity’ Grace Patuwo and Nikita Lalwani, Yale Daily News, February 22, 2010 For Many Latina Teens, Gang Life Adds to Stress Meribah Knight, New York Times, February 21, 2010 New leader vows she’ll bring ‘new generation’ to NAACP Samira Simone […]

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