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Monthly Archives: August 2010

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How to Kill Black Youth (A Poem)

YouTube | April 1, 2006

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Imperfect Ways to End a Perfect Season

In music, and films, and stories, and books, and in our lives endings are hard to get quite right. We sometimes overlap with beginnings and in the case of summers… they often finish far before we are done with them. As September begins, we return to school and work, or continue because we never left. […]

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The Big Game Is Coming, but Where’s the Coach?

The Big Game Is Coming, but Where’s the Coach? Anita Gates, New York Times | August 29, 2010 Thank goodness for Arlene A. McGruder. As Coach Hicks in Layon Gray’s otherwise unremarkable “All-American Girls,” she makes Louis Gossett Jr.’s drill-sergeant character from “An Officer and a Gentleman” look like a weakling. “All-American Girls,” now at the […]

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Rock The Bells In Review

A few months ago I wrote a post about my disillusionment with hip-hop. I was desperately hoping that my love, which was on life support at the time, could be revived. As hip-hop lay dying on the operating table I prayed that Dr. Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest could resuscitate my loved one. As […]

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Weekly News Roundup

August 23, 2010 – August 29, 2010

Live out the stereotype at HBCU’s Tenai Staley, The A & T Register, August 29, 2010 Closing the Racial Achievement Gap: It’s Time to Look Beyond the Classroom Sian Beilock, Psychology Today, August 27, 2010 Stop youth violence cycle David J. Harding, Free Press, August 26, 2010 Local ministry working to eradicate youth violence Mario Boone, Volunteer TV News, […]

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Michael Forever

Earlier this summer, I’d gone to my local Walgreens to satisfy a craving for peanut M&Ms.  As I stood in the candy aisle deciding just how big of a bag I should purchase, a woman and her two small children joined me in the aisle.  The mother stood there looking over the sale items as […]

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Weekly News Roundup

August 23, 2010 – August 29, 2010

Live out the stereotype at HBCU’s Tenai Staley, The A & T Register, August 29, 2010 Closing the Racial Achievement Gap: It’s Time to Look Beyond the Classroom Sian Beilock, Psychology Today, August 27, 2010 Stop youth violence cycle David J. Harding, Free Press, August 26, 2010 Local ministry working to eradicate youth violence Mario Boone, Volunteer TV News, […]

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Words Make a Difference in Big Easy

NBC  Nightly News| August 28, 2010 Writer Renee Watson helped young people in New Orleans turn feelings  into words by offering them an outlet after all the trauma they’d been through. NBC’s Kate Snow reports.

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Auto-tune, Outrage, and the Pseudo-Reality of TV Talent Shows

How can anyone watch such highly-produced, big budget franchise programming and not assume that there is some trickery at play behind the seasons? This is capitalism people. You want epic, flawless performances from unprofessional vocalists, and that’s exactly what X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, and American Idol gives you. “Reality” be damned.

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We Enjoy Black Female Misery: From Tara in True Blood to Fantasia to Kelly Dodson . . . Can Black Women Get a Break?

So, I am a True Blood fan. However, I am tired of seeing the only black female character, Tara, get pulled through the proverbial ringer on every episode beginning with Season One and ending with Season Three. Is it too much to ask that Tara get a break? I mean, Sookie, the white female lead, […]

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