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Jonathan L.

…I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am a nameless faceless generation rising up from the depths of “teenage complacency.” I am the rich man sipping his wine on a summer afternoon in the Bahamas, and I also am the poor homeless women that gets passed by millions of people each year who don’t want to know that she exist. I am all the mistakes from the past, the franticness of the present, and the beauty of potential in the future. I am intelligence wrapped up into a cocoon of stupidness. I am stupidness surrounded by an uncountable amount of peers with more wisdom than this world can handle at one time. I am justice when unfairness is the only thing available, I am unfair. I am contradiction, hypocrisy, and redundancy. I am what people say I shouldn’t be. I am an agape lover, a helpless romantic, a passionate leader. I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am Jonathan Lykes…

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Code switching, Baggy Pants & Contextualizing Behavior

    My professor walked into class today wearing a 3XL white tee, black timberlands and blue jean pants that were sagging down under his but. His underwear revealed a checkered red and white pattern that possibly symbolized the color of a local gang. Can you, no…would you believe that a tenured University of Chicago […]

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“I am Intelligent” and the Self Efficacy of an Eight Year Old

“I am intelligent, I am intelligent, who are you? Because I am intelligent” These were the words I told an 8-year-old boy to repeat as I helped him with his homework at a community center for HIV/Aids impacted communities.  He spoke about how he really wanted an X-Box for Christmas; I just wanted him to […]

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‘Faggot’, Tyler the Creator and a Culture of Homophobia

Culture in itself is harmless. Simply a hallow word that curls off the surface of one’s tongue. It is only when culture is contextualized that it begins to define our world, our actions, and our perception. When “culture” is paired with another term, it ceases to be ambiguous and comes to life to either uplift […]

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Is Marriage for White People?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVEDpC_6iIE When I was nine years old my stepmother told me blatantly: “don’t you bring no white women home to my house.” The statement, which was racially charged with 4 ounces of abhorrence, 2 cups of historical baggage, and a whole recipe of nuances that could rationalize or reprehend statements similar to my stepmothers. Regardless […]

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“The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living”(?)- Part 2

The unexamined life is not worth living. These are the words of Socrates at his trial for heresy, and after one of the most interactive summers I have ever experienced, I now want to take a moment to both reflect, but also interrogate the concept of privileged reflection. A year ago I wrote, and I […]

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“His Name Was Shawn”

In my last blog I spoke about the movie Leave It On the Floor, an independent musical that highlights the perils, pageantry, and prominence of the ballroom scene in the minds of many marginalized predominately black gay youth. I again hasten to stress the importance of this movie as a valiant—though imperfect—launching point for conversation […]

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Leave it on the Floor

Some cringe when they hear their high-pitched voices Speaking out in individuality. In a world invested in aping heterosexual-identities. Idolizing hyper-masculinity, Causing downlow men to hide the truth from their family, Causing feminine men to be ostracized within our community. As mothers frown at the thought of tolerance and fathers yell at their sons that […]

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Nostalgia for Activist

Over the past couple of months I have been working for an Organization called Equal Education, more commonly known as the movement of and for learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in education, through analysis and activism. I humbly declare that the activism and community leadership that I’ve seen over […]

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A Political Soundtrack

“Musicians Don’t’ Die, They Decompose.” The power of music is a secret to no one. You can find the manifestations of this power everywhere. Just observe the impulse you get when you hear a strong base in the background of a new track, or the tired feeling you get when listening to something slow and […]

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Inequality, Anger, Riots, and the Top 1 Percent

Aljazeera did a short documentary last week on their show titled Fault Lines. In this broadcast they discover that the top one percent of US Americans control 40 percent of the wealth. They posit that inequality is the worst it has been in almost a century and that the gap between the rich and the […]

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