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Monthly Archives: August 2011

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The Perils of Desegregation

Integration, while necessary, cost us more than we might have initially thought. I’m not the first person to make this statement and I won’t be the last. Simply put, the costs of integration were high. Before integration became federal law, Black people lived in tight-knit communities where they went to school with familiar faces, patronized […]

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Leave it on the Floor

Some cringe when they hear their high-pitched voices Speaking out in individuality. In a world invested in aping heterosexual-identities. Idolizing hyper-masculinity, Causing downlow men to hide the truth from their family, Causing feminine men to be ostracized within our community. As mothers frown at the thought of tolerance and fathers yell at their sons that […]

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D.C. Pastor Says MLK Jr. Would Champion LGBT Rights (and that black people should, too)

D.C. Pastor Says MLK Jr. Would Champion LGBT Rights  Washington D.C. pastor Dr. Dennis W. Riley has made quite a few headlines this past week with an impassioned series of essays entitled “Gays R Us,” in which he argues for an inextricable link between the the LGBT and Black Civil Rights movements, and asserts emphatically […]

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Our Imperiled HBCUs

Our Imperiled HBCUs Della Britton, President and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, has written a fascinating article at BlackVoices.com, shining a spotlight on our imperiled HBCUs. Entitled “HBCU Blues: America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 21st Century,” Britton asserts that the state of our HBCUs may go from bad to worse as […]

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Michael Vick Beyond The Gridiron

There is a popular saying “that you can run, but you can’t hide”. This applies even if your speed was rated at 95 on Madden NFL 2004. One of the most elusive players to ever touch an NFL gridiron couldn’t duck and dodge public scrutiny and international lampooning for almost 3 years. Whether it was […]

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Did 3 Little Girls Inspire Lil Wayne’s “How to Love?”

I know the big topic in regards to Lil Wayne is his “beef” with Jay Z and whether Jay will respond and blah, blah, blah. But I want to reexamine a older “diss” that I believe actually lead to Lil Wayne responding albeit in a different way. I like most of you, especially if you […]

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What’s Your Fantasy?

I keep trying to come up with reasons to justify my addiction to (fantasy) football. I praise the parity of the NFL and argue that the helmets help create anonymity that makes football the ultimate team sport. I discuss the elegance of a tightly thrown spiral arching through the air, landing in the hands of […]

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Hood Cinema: Hipsters and Cameras

There’s nothing cooler than a snap-back wearing sneaker pimp (Black hipsters) and anyone that wants to keep up with the cool will need to add a camera around their neck. Remember how Chris Brown’s video for “Beautiful People” made you want to create a cinematic collage of your greatest nights while you imagined that your […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Round-Up: Aug 22nd – 28th, 2011

Aug 22nd – 28th Racist curfew instituted in Philadelphia Walter Smolarek, Liberation News, 8/20/11 Blacks and Latinos Will Suffer When the Student Debt Bubble Bursts David A. Love, Huffington Post, 8/24/11 Millenials still searching for racial equality, diversity Megan Bannister, Times-Delphic, 8/22/11 A tale of two schools: Who’s to blame for the differences? Valerie Strauss, […]

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Tha Carter IV, And Why LIL WAYNE vs. JAY-Z Needs To Happen…

If you ask me, this needs to happen. Just compare the aesthetic of Watch The Throne with the sound of Tha Carter IV. It’s opulence vs. simplicity. Grand statements vs. stream-of-conscience flow. The seasoned veteran vs. the ambitious youngster. A Young Money vs. Roc Nation battle would perfectly capture a growing generational gap within the Hip Hop community.

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