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Club 27: Live Fast, Die Young.

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Brian Jones all tragically lost their lives at 27. Is it a coincidence? Or maybe 27 is just an extremely unlucky for number for famous musicians. Either way, these artists will all go down in history as talented beyond their years but sadly, as tragic figures […]

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Black Families Were Better Off During Slavery. Huh?

I don’t expect much from Michelle Bachmann. Anyone who claims to understand U.S. history but states that the “founding fathers” did not care about skin color is clearly a deluded revisionist. Yes, Bachmann actually said, “It didn’t matter the color of their skin. It didn’t matter their language. It didn’t matter their economic status,” Bachmann […]

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Life & Times Of A Bearded Black Man

This spring I decided to try out a new look. Don’t worry I didn’t decide to bleach my hair like Wiz Khalifa or Chris Brown (reminds me too much of Sisqo which should be self-explanatory). Towards the end of my junior year of college I embarked on a beard growing journey. My inspiration for the […]

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Independence Day Does Not Mean Freedom For Everybody

As the fireworks lit up the sky over the San Francisco Bay and emitted smoke and dust that contained various heavy metals, sulfur-coal compounds and other noxious chemicals I reflected on the ever evasive concept of independence. What does independence means to the ex felons who have been relegated to the lowest rung of the […]

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Do School Suspensions Lead To Prison?

The social and economic implications of the quality education that children in the United States of America receive ,while not absolute, are critical in determining their future trajectories. The institution that children come into contact with the most in their prepubescent, formative years outside of their communities are schools. From both an operational and architectural […]

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I Will Not Be Raising Cain for Cain in 2012

A few days ago a friend asked me, “Sir Edward James III. If you watched the recent New Hampshire Republican debate, how did you feel about Herman Cain’s response to having Muslims in a potential Cabinet? More importantly, as an African American, what do you believe his comments will do to his candidacy?” I simply […]

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Say No To Drugs (Especially if you are on welfare or a state employee in Florida)

A few days ago I aired my frustration towards Florida Governor Rick Scott on Facebook. My status stated: “Requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing is yet another method being used by the GOP to increase social surveillance in low-income communities. This is nothing but a ploy by Governor Rick Scott to add more customers […]

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I Don’t Care About Anthony’s Weiner: Why I’m Tired Of Hearing About Political Sex Scandals

Sometimes I think Maury Povich should come out of retirement to host a show entitled, “Maury: Politician Edition”.  It would be filled with more baby mama drama than a Sunday afternoon in Lil Wayne’s house. All the mistresses, bondage parties, and innovative “fundraising” techniques would surely have viewers on the edge of their seats everyday. […]

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Thank You Gil Scott-Heron

Last week I lost a hero. The man who helped me fall in love with power of the spoken word passed away leaving behind timeless pieces of greatness that will continue to empower the most marginalized and disaffected.  Gil Scott-Heron used his pen and voice to challenge racism and classism. His mere existence made it […]

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In Defense Of The Based God: Why Lil’ B Is A Rebel With A Cause

“Being based means [being] positive, doing what you want to do, not caring and just being yourself.” There isn’t anyone in the music industry who is more enigmatic than Brandon McCartney aka Lil’ B. His non-traditional rapping style coupled with his strict adherence to the “based” lifestyle has inspired thousands and left many “hip-hop heads” […]

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