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Originally from Detroit, now I’m working on my Ph.D in Chicago.

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Where is the Black Liberal Agenda?

Last week we all had the opportunity to watch Barack Obama’s healthcare speech. A couple of weeks ago I asked, where is Obama’s Political Saavy? And in the above speech I believe not only did he find it, but he remembered what the people who voted him into office [overwhelmingly] mandated. So needless to say […]

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Mandela’s 8 Lesson’s of Leadership

In honor of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday last year, Time Magazine published an article on Mandela’s Eight Lessons of Leadership I encourage you to read the article… But I thought I would share the lessons that I found most poignant No.1: Courage is Not the Absence of Fear, it’s Inspiring Others to Move Beyond It […]

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Happy Birthday Marcus Garvey

Born of Jamaican roots on August 17, 1887, Marcus Garvey is the grandfather of pan-Africanist cultural movements throughout the diaspora. His Universal Negro Improvement Association went onto inspire generations of movements, scholars and black people across the world. Today, I encourage all of you to take a moment out to remember this powerful ancestor, and […]

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The Problem with “America’s Next Top Model”

A couple of months ago a good friend of mine asked me to accompany her to America’s Next Top Model auditions here in chicago….

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The Color of Corruption

For decades Detroit has been the center of the automotive industry in the United States, and was the destination of many black migrants in the early 50′s and 60′s. The factories provided jobs that allowed black men and women with little education to pay for their families in sustainable and even upwardly mobile ways. As […]

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The Beauty of Perserverance

As I was perusing twitter the other day, I came across the following link that was posted by @afrobella. The video is of Lauryn Hill performing at the Apollo in 1987, getting boo’d off stage (yes back in the day you could boo at kids). As a person who has chosen writing as her lifelong […]

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Dealing with Stress

Whatever point you are at in your life, its easy to just get caught up in that moment, whether it be your marriage, your career, or even friendships. One of the most critical things I’ve learned is…

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Cultural Voyuerism: or Why We Love to Facebook Stalk

Suddenly, as I’m walking down the street, I feel 50 curious eyes on the back of my neck. As I turn around to figure out where that creepy feeling could possibly be coming from, I found myself face to face with a double-decker bus filled with white tourists.

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