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The Day Jay-Z Makes Laws

A republican who goes by Alan B. Wiliams decided to use lines from Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” recently. Something of a rapture has happened in Hip-Hop: no one can deny that any reference to an emcee’s lyrics (to inform policy) means that the realities of disadvantaged America are being represented. More importantly, the decision to include […]

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White Students Learn “The Streets” at the University

Folks in the ghetto always watch the careless: any opportunity to exploit small mistakes gets the observant ahead. The ghetto mindset transmits through an exclusive circle of students. Doctrines of this knowledge—what we call “street smarts”—may not be known by the average white person. Such may be the case because a majority of the white […]

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Racism Is Nothing But Sex

There are stories of Germany and Black folk: on the streets, some Germans may want to take a picture with a dark tourist. Since I haven’t been to Germany, i cant really say what conditions have influenced this  exoticism. However, I suppose that it can’t be too far from the exoticism that goes on here […]

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For Young Adults Outgrowing Their Parent’s House

You never really get the experience of independence until you move out of your parent’s house. When you leave that house for the last time, as a grown child, you feel the gravity of self-reliance. I recently took that walk at the conclusion of my winter break and suffering, although small, has never been so […]

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Catching 5.0 Slippin’

Among the many ways in which Black youth continue to be treated unlawfully, nothing proclaims that the constitution was not writen for us more than illegal search and seizures. Angered by my inability to protect my brother from the unreasonable treatment of police, I decided to do some reasearch. As I suspected, the police are […]

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Hip Hop Lets the Mentally Excluded Speak Part 2

America may have mentally excluded its children for two decades, but Generation Y has made it back to the center of public consciousness. Last week I spoke on the critical perspective of Kendrick Lamar–a partial result of the psychiatry and education partnership that eliminates children from “normal” life”. Evidently, marking Kendrick for the margins was […]

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Hip-Hop Lets The Mentally Excluded Speak Part 1

What happens when the school system collaborates with clinical psychology and develops another way to keep children on the outside, away from the “able”? Apparently, the impact of this cooperative has been revealed in the conversations of Hip-Hop. Two artists in particular have intrigued me as they are representatives of generation Y; the age of […]

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Seeing Michael Jackson Coming

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve always taken Michael Jackson’s optimism and musical happiness for granted. Black folks especially, at least those in my circle, praise his artful force for party R&B songs like “Shake Your Body” and “Remember the Time”. Not much has been said, however, about Mike’s collection of sorrow songs […]

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Our Souls When The Music Stops and the Paint Dries

The deaths of Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse were two traumatic events in my life. What’s interesting however, is that I’ve never met them, let alone have even a superficial conversation with them. Yet, there’s something about the artist-fan relationship that makes us feel so connected to practical strangers that we shed a tear when […]

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The Kind of N_gg_ I Like; thinking about the unparalleled linguistics of Hip-Hop

No matter how many times Black leaders condemn the term n#gg$r, and its derivatives, rappers continue to tote it in their songs. Much to their boldness, saying it once is not enough. This is the era postdating countless attempts to curb use of the n-word, yet a listener will hear it at least 20 times […]

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