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Getting Past Youth Terrorism

So I’m sick and tired of conversations about the state of Black youth ending with the same played-out solutions—restoring strong family values. Now don’t get me wrong, of course family is important, but we are mistaken if we think that broken homes are the main factors fueling gang violence. If we should blame anything it should […]

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What It Means to be in ASAP’S Country

The stories of living in America, as told by Black folks, often expresses discontent with its living conditions, but we love America just as much as we feel that it does us wrong. Hip-Hop keeps alive this Black narrative of cultural-nationalism or locale-nationalism, of love for and pride in American land ties. Every Hip-Hop artist, […]

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The Craziest Hip-Hop Collabo of 2011

As if The Game, Tyler the Creator and Lil Wayne thrown on one track didn’t shock everybody in the Hip-Hop world, their celebrity-slaying track surpassed its initial thrill. 2011 was definitely a year for West Coast Hip-Hop as Dom Kennedy, Kendrick Lamar, OFWGKTADGAF—Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All Don’t Give A F#ck—and Snoop all […]

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Happy Holidays 2011 to Emmett Till From the Cotton Rebel Era

In the midst of my mindless consumption yesterday, I found the infamous Emmett Till on a clothing rack! Leaders 1354, Chicago’s local boutique that serves Hip-Hop hipsters, was selling the last of its Enstrumental feature. Ensturmental produced a shirt called, “The Revenge of Emmett Till”, this season, that definitely aroused a revolutionary spirit in me. It […]

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And They Say Black Music Is Just Noise

For fame, all you need a crew with a friend that’s good with the visuals, another that can freak beats, and of course, a friend that can rap/sing. Lately I’ve been fascinated by the Do It Yourself (DIY) approach to professionalizing music, as mastered by the evil seeds of Odd Future and the spacely  goons […]

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How High Is School?

This week the Dogfather Snoop and tree deacon Wiz Khalifa bring us the soundtrack of their new movie Mac and Devin Go to High School. The release has me thinking about the relationship between cannabis culture, hip hop and Black existence that seems to have been brought together first by Method Man and Redman. It’s […]

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A Memorial of Polyamory (Taming of ‘the Few’)

After 2 years of staying single—going on “dates” with various womyn, initiating quasi relationships—I’m back into an exclusive relationship. What I’ve learned over these consistently dynamic months (everyday was not easy), is that you can love multiple womyn—truly be crazy about the personalities of different people at the same time—but you must choose one for […]

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Bodies Diced Up On Drum Machines: Knowledge From New Choreographers

Our parents figured that their generation saw the end of “real” dancing. You know, they tell you that they danced artistically and romantically and that we have pioneered a tasteless substitute for sex. I’m embarrassed to say that I was starting to believe the hype, but this was before I paid attention to our generation […]

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On the Job While You Chill: The Profit of Oppresion

Let’s talk about empathy. Why? Because intersectionality–this concept that all isms have the same perpetrator and depend upon each other to oppress various groups/identities–never struck me hard until i thought critically about this erroneous course in sexuality I’m taking. Granted, I disagree with most of my professor’s outdated perspectives, i still give partial credence to […]

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While SNAPBACKS Take Over…

If I must have something that I don’t like about having locks, it would be that I can’t rock a snapback. Had there not been so much of a conversion in the herds of Black youth—fitted caps are nearly extinct among the heads of the coolest kids—my lament over snap backs would not even be […]

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