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Monthly Archives: October 2011

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Connections and Disconnects to a Generation of Communication

Living in America, and especially being a young person in America, means that I am arguably at the very center of the growing culture of excessive communication and interconnectedness that has permeated all aspects of the coming generation. I barely know a anyone who doesn’t have a cell phone and email and facebook and at […]

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RAY J, The Money Team, and Masculinity

By now most of you have heard or heard about Ray J’s (Brandy’s brother) drunken “Money Team” rant. If you haven’t let me give you a quick recap. Rapper Fabolous went on Twitter and clowned Ray J for singing a song for Floyd MayWeather at his mansion. Apparently Ray J felt like Fab tried to […]

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Can #OccupyWallStreet become “Obama’s Tea Party”?

Below is an interview I did recently with legendary Hip-Hop journalist Davey D, on his show Hard Knock Radio, about Occupy Wall Street. Davey asked me about people of color’s participation in the movement, whether I saw any connection between Occupy Wall Street and the protest I witnessed in Madison, Wisconsin, and also whether Occupy […]

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Is It Ever OK For White People To Say NIGGER?

Only Black people understand the true power of the word nigger. Does that mean only Black people can say it? Is it EVER ok for white people to say it? Sound off below!

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Alternatives to Occupying Things

Morning. Last week, I ranted a little about the language of Occupy _insert city here_, and how we really need to consider how semantics inform our actions. As a bit of a reminder, I support actions that look to significantly counter the growing chasm between the haves and the have-nots, but I don’t think we […]

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness: But Are We Truly Aware of Both??

So, I am sitting here trying to understand why during the month of October Breast Cancer Awareness gets more media attention and corporate sponsorship than Domestic Violence Awareness which is also remembered during the month of October. I know that most women have breast irrespective of their size, pigmentation, and function. And, I also know 1 […]

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Mobbin In Heels: Not Forgetting About Womyn in Hip Hop

Much has changed for the presence of female emcees since the days of Sha-Rock (I know I’m taking it way back), but the struggle for respect remains nearly impossible. None of my reflections can pin-point the reason why no female emcee has managed to have the world-wide success of Kanye West, for example. These thoughts […]

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Maya Rupert’s “Is Marriage Equality for White People?”

Should Black people care about marriage equality? According to Maya Rupert, THEY SHOULD. What do you think?

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Just Because They’re Big…

I have really big boobs. They are humongous. I’m a shade over five feet tall with enough rack for three women. They draw a ton of attention. This, I know. But just because they’re huge does not mean we all get to touch them or remark about them. Thanks. One of my mentees has been […]

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Tyler, The Creator’s “Bitch Suck Dick”: Harmless Fun or Mindless Misogyny?

“Bitch Suck Dick” is easily Tyler, the Creator’s most mindless, obviously offensive song. Featuring lesser known Odd Future members Jasper and Taco, it’s a demented, wild-eyed take on Waka Flocka Flame’s Lex Lugar-produced sonic chaos. Upon its release on the album Goblin earlier this year, most critics dismissed it, feminists decried it, and immature people like myself loved […]

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