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Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Cornel West v. Barack Obama

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Cornel West v. Barack Obama Melissa Harris-Perry, The Nation | May 17, 2011 Professor Cornel West is President Obama’s silenced, disregarded, disrespected moral conscience, according to Chris Hedges’s recent Truthdig column, “The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West went Ballistic.” In a self-aggrandizing, victimology sermon deceptively wrapped in the discourse of prophetic witness, Professor West offers thin criticism […]

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Don Lemon, Coming Out and the Lingering Nature of Transphobia

Last October a Rutgers University first year student named Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge to commit suicide. Tyler was not the first (nor the last) student to commit such a horrid act due to homophobia. The problem in this situation was not just one person who was bullying Tyler, but the real […]

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Weekly News Roundup

May 9, 2011 – May 15, 2011

Some students dive into politics Prega Govender, Times Live, May 15, 2011 Forum inspires black youth Don Lajoie, The Windsor Star, May 14, 2011 Black youth have less trouble if mentored Staff Writer, UPI, May 14, 2011 Spelman hosts historic summit on black LGBT students Anare V. Holmes, GA Voice, May 13, 2011 Racial quotas […]

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Civil Rights? That Is Ancient Stuff

 Just when I thought the field of Republican Presidential candidates was overcrowded with foolishness, Dr. Ron Paul finagled his way in to prove that the GOP has no limit on animus towards marginalized communities. Before I go any further, let me make myself clear: I am not married to any particular political party. I […]

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Black Teens Are Fired When the Minimum Wage Rises

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Black Teens Are Fired When the Minimum Wage Rises Frank McCoy, BET | May 12, 2011 It is no surprise that Black teens, 16- to 19-years old, are disproportionately unemployed. At the Great Recession’s bottom, African-American teens had an unemployment rate of nearly 50 percent while the rate for all teens was 27.1 percent. In the […]

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One Year Ago: Detroit Police Murdered 7-Year-Old Aiyana Jones

Last year on this very day, the Detroit Police Department’s Special Response Team, while filming the reality TV show “First 48“, targeted the wrong house for a raid. Witnesses said the Police were warned that the house contained women and children before they threw a flash grenade through the widow, striking a sleeping Aiyana Jones, […]

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Michelle Obama Delivers Spelman College Commencement Speech

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May 15, 2011 First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged this year’s graduates of Spelman College to use their degrees to pay it forward. But as you climb those career ladders, just remember to reach down and pull others up behind you.

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Mistaken Identity

So last week, the black blogosphere was ablaze about Fox News’ objection to rapper, Common’s appearance at the White House for an evening of poetry.  (I blame spoken word’s roach-like ability to last so long on something incredibly jacked up I must have done in a former life.)  Calling the “controversial” rapper “vile,” the right […]

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Lauryn Hill Plays Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

These are great performances, and things in the world of Lauryn Hill are finally starting to look promising again. I’m almost willing to start crossing my fingers for a lil’ new music from L-Boogie sometime this decade. Almost.

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The Stank Eye Woman Syndrome and how Black Male Privilege is to Blame: Are Black Men Really Ignorant of how they “Compartmentalize” their “Female Friends”?

So, in the traditional way in which black people begin their stories, “What had happened was . . .” I attended this event where one of my best male friends was hosting. Upon arriving my best male friend comes and says, pejoratively and with great amusement, “Your friend is over there,” hinting to a black […]

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