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Monthly Archives: December 2012

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What is the Current Direction of Hip-Hop?

Jasiri X and Pharoahe Monch at the Brooklyn Bowl for the Sandy Relief Concert (Photo by Paradise Gray) On “Our World with Black Enterprise“, hosted by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, we discussed the current state of Hip-Hop and it’s future, with Hip-Hop artist Pharoahe Monch, Dr. Tricia Rose, chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and myself. […]

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That — I Don’t Like, Or What I Hope Gets Got on the Eve of 2013

It’s New Year’s Eve, and tomorrow many of us will start making resolutions we will inevitably break. I don’t make resolutions; I’m also not into composing “Best of…” and “Worst of…” lists mostly because I don’t choose to dedicate my memory to cataloging such things. Since my blogging day has coincided with the event, however, […]

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Chicago Reaches 500 Homicides in 2012

Chicago has officially reached 500 homicides in 2012, after a fatal shooting on the city’s West Side yesterday. What can we do to make 2013 a safer, more peaceful year?

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The Pope, Lingering Intolerance & Some Books I Wish He Would Read

The Catholic Church lead by Pope Benedict XVI continues to spew out homophobic teachings as he (a man disconnected by at least 5 generations) called me “unnatural.” As the Pope ironically celebrated his pagan holiday by lighting a Christmas tree, he also used the stage as an opportunity to tell women what they could and […]

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Rapper Shawty Lo and His 10 Baby Mommas To Star in New Reality Show

A new reality tv show will focus on the lives of Shawty Lo and his ten baby mommas.; with whom he has eleven kids. Is this a new low for reality tv? Will you watch?

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Spike Lee Refuses To See Django Unchained; Calls It “Disrespectful”

dSpike Lee has refused to see Django Unchained, calling it disrespectful to his ancestors. Did you see the film? What did you think>

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Condom Dispensers Installed in Philly Schools

Condom dispensers have been placed in Philly schools with high rates of sexually transmitted infections. Is this a good idea?WIll it curb STD infenction rates amongst students?

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Not Giving Django Too Much Credit

Django is a film that’s been pivoted as an answer, when it raises more questions than anything. Should it be viewed within its historical significance, and the extent to which it can portray the horrors of slavery while reinvigorating a moment in history that many find irrelevant and antiquated? Or rather, should it be divorced […]

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Cornell West: Gun Control Only Becomes An Issue When “Vanillia” People Get Shot

Appearing on his Smiley & West show with Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornell West pulled no punches while discussing the current national conversation surrounding gun control. While he’s happy the discussion is happening at all, he laments the fact that it takes white people getting shot for the debate to be taken seriously.

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McDonalds Has a Lump of Coal for Your Xmas Stocking

This year McDonald’s will be open on Christmas day. ”Starting with Thanksgiving, ensure your restaurants are open throughout the holidays,” reads the Nov. 8 memo from McDonald’s USA Chief Operating Officer Jim Johannesen. “Our largest holiday opportunity as a system is Christmas Day.” But at least that means thousands of minimum wage employees will get overtime pay, right? Wrong! McDonald’s […]

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