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Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Disciplining Our Youth

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Education is a major source of concern in Black communities; they are understaffed and under resourced. Hence, our children are being gravely under served in perhaps the most important social institution. We are in the midst of a new wave of school reform in the nation and there are several models attempting to overturn this […]

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Hip Hop Lets the Mentally Excluded Speak Part 2

America may have mentally excluded its children for two decades, but Generation Y has made it back to the center of public consciousness. Last week I spoke on the critical perspective of Kendrick Lamar–a partial result of the psychiatry and education partnership that eliminates children from “normal” life”. Evidently, marking Kendrick for the margins was […]

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NEW MUSIC: Nicki Minaj ‘Starships’

After delivering a jaw-dropping (and wtf-inducing) Grammy performance last Sunday, Nicki Minaj aims for radio ubiquity with her new single. Check out her new track “Starships” be

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A Critique Of Black History Month

Why is black history celebrated during the month of February? Because it’s the shortest month of the year. This joke has circulated in black communities for several years, and the cynicism embedded in it is telling. It points to a web of frustration, resignation and resentment which rarely fails to ensnare the observant black.

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Black Policeman, Shot 28 Times by 4 Chicago Cops, Found Guilty of Attempted Murder?

Shockingly, Howard Morgan, a former police officer, was found guilty of attempted murder of the 4 Chicago cops that shot him 28 times (21 times in his back). Mr. Morgan miraculously lived and was acquitted in 2007 on two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm. […]

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The Voice: Remembering Whitney Houston (1963 — 2012)

The Voice. When one is colloquially known as such, it becomes easy to forget that such sound emanates from inside a human being. The Voice. A disembodied moniker. So spectacularly general, simply an article and noun sans the dressing of more instructive, clarifying wording: “of reason” or “of God” or “of an angel.” The Voice. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Round-Up: Feb. 6-12

Continuing education main theme during black history tribute Julie E. Greene, Herald Mail, 2/6/12 Flying club inspires youth to soar Renée C. Lee, Chron News, 2/7/12 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Fighting Stigma and Marginalization Ernest Hopkins, Huffington Post, 2/7/12 Black church reaches out to gay, transgender teens Meghan E. Irons, Boston Globe, 2/8/12 I […]

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Earl is Back. And how?

After two year’s hiatus, 17-year old “prodigy” of rap group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA), launched his twitter account, announcing that Earl Sweatshirt is “home.” Shortly after, a youtube video with a snippet of an unheard track featured Sweatshirt demanding 50,000 followers on twitter within a day in exchange for new music. […]

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California’s Marriage Battle, The Black Church and Remnants of Homophobia

In California, the fight for equality in marriage continues. Even though I have conflicting thoughts about marriage in general, I still believe that homophobia and intolerance is what drives decisions like prob 8. These issues as we all know, are nothing new. And many of the remnants of homophobia are just as strong in the black community as any […]

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Brandon White, ATL Gay-Bashing Victim, Speaks Out!

20 year-old gay man Brandon White has finally spoken out after a viral video of him being brutally gay-bashed by three men spread like wildfire across the internet this week. Check out his press conference at!

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