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Jesus, The Community Activist

By edward 7:44 am February 21, 2012 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 […]

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A Critique Of Black History Month

By edward 2:37 am February 14, 2012 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 […]

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

By edward 7:27 am February 7, 2012 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 […]

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Young, Black, and Locked Up: Florida Edition

By edward 12:53 am January 31, 2012 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 […]

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Barbershop Politics: 2012 SOTU Edition

By edward 8:54 pm January 25, 2012 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 […]

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Kendrick Lamar: The Young Prince of Hip-Hop

By edward 10:44 am January 17, 2012 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, […]

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Lazy Blah People

By edward 3:10 am January 10, 2012 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 […]

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No Photo ID = No Democracy

By edward 3:43 pm December 30, 2011 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 […]

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

By edward 8:00 am December 27, 2011 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, […]

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The Black Youth Manifesto Part 1

By edward 9:00 am December 20, 2011 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 […]

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