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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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Posts by Jonathan L.

Code switching, Baggy Pants & Contextualizing Behavior

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 12:00 am October 12, 2011     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 […]

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

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 8:00 am October 5, 2011 “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 […]

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

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 2:42 am September 28, 2011 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 […]

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Is Marriage for White People?

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 8:00 am September 21, 2011 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 […]

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

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 1:24 am September 14, 2011 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 […]

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“His Name Was Shawn”

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 8:00 am September 7, 2011 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 […]

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Leave it on the Floor

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 9:03 am August 31, 2011 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 […]

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Nostalgia for Activist

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 8:14 am August 24, 2011 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 […]

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A Political Soundtrack

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 8:09 am August 17, 2011 “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 […]

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Inequality, Anger, Riots, and the Top 1 Percent

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 8:39 am August 10, 2011 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 […]

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