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Aaron

Aaron is a writer, activist, and aspiring scholar based in Chicago. In addition to being a regular blogger for the Black Youth Project,   hiis work has been featured in MusedMag online, the Feminist Wire, and TruthOut.com. He is also a member of the Black Youth Project 100,  a national activist member-based organization of Black 18 to 35 year-old men and women who are dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. He is currently a graduate student in the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago. Follow him on twitter @Talley_Marked

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America’s White Supremacy Problem

A year ago, when George Zimmerman was unjustly acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, I wanted to believe that this would be a moment that would wake the country up from its post-racial stupor. For me, as a black male, and for many other black people in this country, the injustice of this case […]

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Black Folks Must Talk About Healing

It was the last bright day of sunshine I can remember before the winter hit. I was at my friend’s home, celebrating her son’s 5th birthday. The party brought all the feelings that children bring, the sweetness of cake, pregnant laughter, and of course adults encircling care around the dining table. While my friend’s son […]

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“Not White People”

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This past winter, as a student teacher in a kindergarten class on the South Side of Chicago, I got the pleasure of hearing one of my students articulate the centuries old matter of black humanity within the context of whiteness and white supremacy. It happened during the beginning of the school year, and I sat […]

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The Revolution Will Have To Be Televised

I am furious this week. Angered, unsurprised, and yet still caught off guard. I am angry because recent moments in the media reveal the extent to which it remains a monstrous perpetrator of violence against Black humanity. I reference two moments in particular, 1) This alleged celebrity boxing fight involving George Zimmerman rapper DMX and […]

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What’s History Got to Do With Us Black Millennials?

My generation is often accused of not knowing our history. This sets up a number of problems. 1) It presupposes history as a good launching point for present action. 2) It implies that there is a clear and neat history that we should be learning. And 3) it sends the blame in the wrong direction. […]

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A Love Letter to Black Youth

Dear Black youth, I love you. And I mean you. Not the “you” in other people’s imaginations and expectations, but I mean that I love you for who you really are. I see you for who you are, all of you, and I love you. I love you when you excel in schools that don’t […]

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Let’s Adopt An #IWokeUpLikeThis Politics for 2014

Whether or not Beyonce can call herself a feminist has been the topic that has captured most of the attention to Beyonce’s latest work. While interesting, I am more compelled by the threads of self-love and resistance laced throughout the album. My personal favorite moment of self-love and resistance resides in the irresistible quip from […]

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Radical Politics is Not a Luxury

On Tuesday, in an interview with Marc Lamont Hill, rapper Nelly was questioned about being challenged by women at Spelman College years ago for his controversial video Tip Drill. Nelly, who at the time planned to have a bone marrow drive at the college for his sister, incorrectly claims that Spelman canceled the drive. He […]

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Blackface and (Re)Educating Whitepeople: Who’s Talking and Who’s Really Listening?

Halloween has come and gone, and it’s brought its customary share of mis-educated whitepeople darkening their skin and once again unveiling how the racist memory of minstrelsy, of performing and mocking Blackness, continues to trickle within white communities. As usual, there have been several insightful blogs unpacking the racism, some attempting to school whitepeople, some […]

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12 Years A Slave and the Power of Owning Our Own Narratives

With the recent release and acclaim of Oscar-favorite 12 Years A Slave, I found myself mentally revisiting Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino. Not because I think there are any worthwhile parallels to draw between the two films, but rather because the brilliance and scope of 12 Years actually exposed Django for what it truly was, […]

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