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Jesus, The Community Activist

Today I would like to talk about a very simple subject-conflict-and Jesus, the community activist. Although these concepts may seem diametrically opposed; Black liberation theology tells us that Jesus Christ was a community activist. Many of my self-proclaimed “educated” brethren consider themselves to be above religious teachings, especially Christianity, because they believe that it is […]

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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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When Will President Obama Get A Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

In an age of political rancor and disrespect I’m rarely surprised when I come across venomous attacks from both sides of the aisles.  Yet, a  a letter to the editor that was written a while ago in my hometown newspaper still troubles me. The article was entitled,  “With Obama as president, this patriot has no […]

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Young, Black, and Locked Up: Florida Edition

As a Black male, my life prospects don’t look too bright- statistically speaking. My life span is 7.1 years shorter than any other cohort group; I’m 5 times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS. That’s just health related. When it comes to education there is a 40% chance that I will drop out of high […]

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Barbershop Politics: 2012 SOTU Edition

Last night I had the honor of watching President Obama’s State of the Union Address at a barbershop. No, I wasn’t get my haircut or my beard trimmed; I was gathering with local community members to fellowship, laugh, and converse as we watched the President lay out his vision for the country. As the organizer […]

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Kendrick Lamar: The Young Prince of Hip-Hop

In an age of nihilism, superficiality, hypersexuality, and faux masculinity; Kendrick Lamar bucks the trends more than Dennis Rodman’s hairstyles. The 24 yeard old Compton emcee builds on the tradition of Tupac before Death Row Records, and tells stories of Generation Y drug addiction, overthrowing unjust government systems, and trying to stay neutral in a […]

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Lazy Blah People

Presidential contender Rick Santorum’s vitriolic attack on black Americans is yet another example of the Republican Party’s exploitation of racial stereotypes to score political points. Speaking to a group of supporters in Sioux Falls, Iowa, 2 Sundays ago, Santorum stated, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

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No Photo ID = No Democracy

In the 2008 Presidential election the black youth (age 18-24) voter turnout rate was 55%; an 8% increase from the 2004 Presidential elections and the highest increase among any demographic. While these numbers are heartening, the political voices of young black people across the United States are being imminently threatened. The new photo-identification laws passed […]

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The Black Youth Manifesto Part 2: All Violence Isn’t Senseless

Most people, regardless of race or class, will tell you that violence of any kind is deplorable. Yet, solutions to ending violence, particularly among young people, are as varied as the colors in the rainbow. All across the country in urban pockets and rural communities, churches, civic groups, and not-for-profit organizations have held stop the […]

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The Black Youth Manifesto Part 1

Last week I wrote a post that received a lot of traction. If you missed it, I basically called out a middle-aged White guy for not recognizing his privilege when writing recommendations on how young, poor Black kids can move themselves from the societal margins into the center of American civic life. However, what I […]

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