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Taking Power Away From the N-Word

CNN | October 30, 2010 Jarrett Mathis is on a mission to combat use of the N-word among youths. CNN’s Tony Harris reports.

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A Healthy Dose of Gangsta?

These days I’m feeling more and more like a bastard when I hear “hip hop,” because the Hip Hop that raised me was intellectually gangsta. Guess that explains the initial hunger that goes through me when I hear a song by Somali emcee, K’naan. His debut single, “TIA: This Is Africa,” directly disses the American […]

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Where Are the Obama Youth? Busy Building Their Own Futures

Where Are the Obama Youth? Busy Building Their Own Futures Jamilah King, Colorlines, October 29, 2010 There’s something intangible that makes this year’s election different than most. For many, Barack Obama’s candidacy brought to the forefront a new, more accessible form of democracy. There was a massive communications network that engaged voters online, on the […]

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Wacka Flocka Flame’s “Flockaveli”

Flockaveli is brash, hard-edged, and unremittingly bleak. It strips hardcore Hip Hop down to an unapologetically dark, fatalistic core that frightens and fascinates in equal measure. Hate on him all you want, but Flockaveli is a great album.

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Fed anti-bullying campaign falls short for black kids

Fed anti-bullying campaign falls short for black kids Monique W. Morris, The Grio | October 28, 2010 Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter to educators, elevating the importance of reducing bullying in schools. In the 10-page letter, Assistant Secretary Russlynn Ali wrote, “some student misconduct that falls under […]

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For Discussion: Bring Your A Game

I have attached a clip from the documentary “Bring Your A Game” filmed by Mario Van Peebles to start a much needed discussion about the impact of hip hop and sports on black education. I was unable to embed the entire documentary so please be sure to check out the entire documentary (approx. 20 minutes) […]

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NBA Tip-Off

Tuesday night was a big night for me. NBA Season has officially started and the league did the thing right, didn’t they? Boston-Miami to kick it off, to finally put an end to all of the hoop-la. The stage was set perfectly. In the weeks leading up to this shining moment in NBA history, NBA.com […]

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The Arts, Expression, and New (Found) Media

This was an artistic week for me. Last Friday I performed poetry, sang, and played guitar at our yearly coming out monologues event. On Thursday I performed a neo-futurist piece about HIV/Aids and the downfalls of the black community to accept the disease as being “associated” with black people. On Monday I performed a short […]

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First Lady Honors Arts Programs For At-Risk Youth

First Lady Honors Arts Programs For At-Risk Youth NPR | October 20, 2010 Kids took the stage and celebrities sat in the audience Wednesday as first lady Michelle Obama honored community arts programs that help young people around the country develop their talents and succeed in life. Mrs. Obama presented 15 after-school and out-of-school programs, […]

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Don’t Whip Your Vote Back And Forth: The Case For Alexi Giannoulias

I did not intend to write a political blog this week. After watching Kanye West’s Runaway short film I was fully intent on blogging about the creative genius of the Louie Vuitton Don. I watched the 34-minute film three times, and meticulously took notes on the subliminal messages evoked by the ballerinas in the all […]

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