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Monthly Archives: February 2010

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Shades of Pretty Girls

Apparently Wale’s conditioning has been conditioned. I haven’t seen his newest video but it caused a bit of a ruckus on Twitter last night, for its apparent lack of color. The song, “Pretty Girls” pays homage to the feminine form, like every other song on the radio. The issue is that Wale’s pretty girls were […]

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The Ramification of Poetry Slam Part 1: The History

Jimmy Santiago Baca, a leading contemporary Latino poet writing in the United States, reminds us that “Poetry’s mission is to subvert, to question, to challenge, provoke, to flail one’s vulnerability and voice into the marvelous whirlwind of poetry’s awe, flagging at the horns of the raging beast that is societies gluttonous comfort…affirm poetry at any […]

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President Obama Sings the Back National Anthem

Associated Press | February 10, 2010

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Racism Beyond Our Borders

It is the dead of winter in Chicago and my thoughts are drifting back to summer and the month I spent in Costa Rica. My sunny daydreams, however, have been interrupted by some no-so-sunny memories of my trip… Having just arrived and begun working on a school building project in a tiny village in Costa […]

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One Thousand Voices

Below is a short story inspired by a conversation I had with my father He stood at the platform ready to deliver his address. Weeks of intense rehearsal had prepared him for this very moment. As he stood attentively in his grey seersucker suit with his crisp white shirt, and wing tip shoes, he looked […]

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Weekly News Roundup

February 1, 2010 – February 7, 2010

TODAY’S CHILD ; Jamian, 11, loves music and the arts Renee Zalesky, California Chronicle, February 8, 2010 How 9th-Grade Gridlock Keeps Boys Out of College Richard Whitmire, The New York Times, February 7, 2010 Black dolls connect kids, history Katy Jordan, The Boston Herald, February 7, 2010 Anti-Abortion Billboards On Race Split Atlanta Shaila Dewan, New York Times, […]

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More Than a Game

Dang.  So I had this long post-Super Bowl entry ready about sports and how I don’t enjoy trophy presentations after the game and the plantation model in professional sports and everything, but I just can’t post something like that right now.  Not this morning.  Not when there are people still partying in the French Quarter.

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Clip of the Day

“Who Dat Say They Gon’ Beat Dem Saints!”

CBS News | February 8, 2010 Congrats to the New Orleans Saints for winning the 44th Super Bowl!

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Making of Sade’s “Soldier of Love”

AOL.com (via BlackVoices.com) 25 Years after the debut of her first album, Sade’s long-awaited sixth album, Soldier of Love was released today.  We are celebrating the return from her 10-year hiatus with this video.  Enjoy!

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