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The Perils of Desegregation

By tamara @tamaracg 12:00 pm August 31, 2011 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 […]

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Leave it on the Floor

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 9:03 am August 31, 2011 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 […]

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

By Dallas @smarteys 11:39 am August 30, 2011 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 […]

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Our Imperiled HBCUs

By Dallas @smarteys 10:55 am August 30, 2011 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 […]

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Michael Vick Beyond The Gridiron

By edward 8:00 am August 30, 2011 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 […]

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

By jasiri x 12:22 pm August 29, 2011 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. […]

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What’s Your Fantasy?

By Summer M. 8:00 am August 29, 2011 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 […]

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Hood Cinema: Hipsters and Cameras

By Keantre Malone 12:17 am August 29, 2011 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 […]

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

By Dallas @smarteys 4:31 pm August 28, 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: […]

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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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