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Southpaw Freedom Fighter.

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Kanye West & Black Self Love

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare”- Audre Lorde. As journalists, bloggers, and online media haters salivate at the chance to discredit Kanye’s contributions to music, fashion, and society by minimizing his body of work to pure narcissistic drivel, he continues to redefine what Black self-love looks like in public spaces.

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Black August

Black August, the movement that honors the radical resistance, resilience, and collective action of Afrikan peoples of the Diaspora. From the Haitian Revolution, to Underground Railrooad, to the March on Washington, to the Watts uprisings, people of color have been resisting colonization for centuries.

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10 Rappers That Should Have Made The XXL Freshman List

For most hip-hop heads (real and self-proclaimed), XXL Magazine is the “Holy Grail” for everything rap related. While I respect the publication’s long history of raw and unadulterated hip-hop journalism, I feel as if the 2013 Freshman list slighted some very talented and promising emcees. Each year, since 2008, XXL has released a “Top 10 […]

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Black Masculinity in the Age of Barack Obama & Chief Keef

How does one frame Black masculinity in the age of Barack Obama and Chief Keef? Does Black masculinity fall within the framework of masculinity in general, or is it an outlier seeking to find a home?  In Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. Dubois purports  that due to the irreparable damages of slavery and institutionalized racism, […]

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Jesus Christ: The Greatest Community Organizer Of All Time

Today I would like to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart: community organizing. My entire life I’ve fought for justice  by helping groups galvanize support for their respective agendas. I’ve done both online and offline organizing, and even spent 9 months organizing for President Obama in Florida this past election cycle. […]

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To Live and Die In Oakland

About 2 months ago I relocated to San Francisco to start a new job in Silicon Valley. When I arrived to the Bay Area I was initially struck by the hilly and picturesque terrain of the city and the spirit of ingenuity amongst the residents. Yet, like any bustling cosmopolitan area, I noticed very quickly […]

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A Murderer’s Story

Below is an original poem I wrote after my childhood friend, Naomi Clyburn, was murdered in my hometown.

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2 Terms: Obama Remixed

I could use these next 787 words to lament my dissatisfaction with the myriad of “so-called” reputable news outlets that described President Obama’s inaugural address as, ‘Obama Unchained’. I’m nowhere near Spike Lee in my critique of the film, but I don’t think it is appropriate to juxtapose the President of the United States of […]

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The Politics of Ratchetness

We can discuss the etymology of ‘ratchet’ all we want, but long story  short, it is  one of the few words in the English language that can equally serve as an adjective (“That club is pretty ratchet.”), verb (“We need play some Fat Trel  so we can ratchet it up in here.”), and noun (“This […]

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