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Young, Black, and Restless!

As political pundits, political action committees, and politicians gear up for what is bound to be another bare knuckle brawl in 2012, young activists around the country are setting agendas to intending to move their issues from the margins to the center of American life. As scholar/activist, Dr. Cathy Cohen, points out in her book […]

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THINGS FALL APART: What Happened To Hip Hop’s Conscience?

There was a time when a Neo Soul/alternative Hip Hop movement was a visual, popular alternative to the violence, misogyny, and materialism of mainstream Hip Hop. This article is a love letter to that glorious movement, and an explanation as to why it faded away.

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Protests in Wisconsin: Where are the Black People? or Is it another White’s People Movement?

Thousands of people have convened at the Wisconsin’s state capital to protest Republican Governor Scott Walker’s unjust actions of sponsoring and roguishly pushing a bill that will destroy collective bargaining in the state of Wisconsin. Mind you, for days on in, I have watched both the online and offline media coverage of the protest. I […]

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Girls Who Denounced Lil Wayne: “We Were Mad”

News One | March 10, 2011 Watoto from the Nile, the girl group from Baltimore that created much buzz on the web with their music video questioning Lil Wayne’s lyrics about women, talk for the first time about their controversial song.

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Ahem! The Obamanation

Aaron McGruder called it. His controversial comic/tv show, Boondocks, clowned the Obama-mania, that seems to be so resilient, back in 2009. Blocked by the historical moment that Obama represents, intellectuals and celebrities have to hush their discontent concerning President Obama—it’s an Obamanation! Excuse me I meant abomination! I’m still recovering. Damn the fool that drew […]

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LeBron and Miami feeling the Heat

I waited for Lebron James to enter the pros. I watched his first game in the league and I followed him faithfully for the next seven years. I’d found my own little superstar. I know, I shared him with millions, but I was still faithful. Typically, I’m a bit fickle, especially as a sports fan. […]

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Reformers Can’t Dodge Race Issues

Reformers Can’t Dodge Race Issues Richard Whitmire, Huffington Post | March 8, 2011 School reformers like to talk, so they conference a lot. They like writing even more, so they dash off torrents of commentaries on improving schools. But in all that talking and writing there is one topic that rarely gets raised, especially among […]

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Jalen Rose on Duke’s Black Players

It seems every day there’s a topic that has my timeline jumping. Tuesday morning there were still smatterings of conversation about CryGate 2011 but the big topic of conversation was Jalen Rose and his controversial remarks regarding Duke basketball’s recruiting habits. Rose, in his soon to be released documentary, remarks that he has a personal […]

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How hazing hurts reputation of black Greek life

How hazing hurts reputation of black Greek life Lawrence C. Ross, The Grio | March 8, 2011 So seven members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority were charged with hazing a University of Maryland pledge. The Zetas allegedly followed the usual modus operandi, beating the pledge with an oak paddle, pushing her against a wall, and causing […]

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Black Students and Their Parents Fight to Keep Corporal Punishment

CNN | March 8, 2011 Students and parents at St. Augustine High School, a New Orleans boys Catholic school, are organizing to keep their school’s paddling policy in place.

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