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Keantre Malone

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Afro-centrism, the Offspring of Euro-centrism?

Whatever the name, Black Studies, Africana studies, or African American Studies, university disciplines designed for understanding African history have a problem of attempting to be too Black. When I say “too Black” I’m not saying that Africana culture (relates to both African and African-Diaspora culture) is annoying, but that the way that scholars handle it […]

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Inhumane Gossip With A Camera and Mic: The Struggle of Chris Brown

So…Good Morning America gets their studio trashed and tilts their heads in confusion. Why the awesomeness Robin Roberts? On Tuesday Chris Brown visited the ABC morning show, where he was asked to participate in an interview. And of course after two years of repenting for the incident with Rihanna, Robin Roberts, unlike a true friend, […]

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Wanna Be Startin Something: The Spirit of the Night

Here, on the pages of the Black Youth Project, us bloggers engage in a tradition of writing opinion pieces that may interest other Black youth. Often we comment on popular culture, racism (naturally), and politics; and most of the time we criticize heavilly, at least I do. Something feels incomplete, though, about the meditations I […]

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Ahem! The Obamanation

Aaron McGruder called it. His controversial comic/tv show, Boondocks, clowned the Obama-mania, that seems to be so resilient, back in 2009. Blocked by the historical moment that Obama represents, intellectuals and celebrities have to hush their discontent concerning President Obama—it’s an Obamanation! Excuse me I meant abomination! I’m still recovering. Damn the fool that drew […]

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Chicago’s Lost World

No matter how much sex there can be or how generous your pay checks come, you still have not experienced real amazement until you’ve been to a Chicago-style poetry slam. For four years, the end of February and beginning of March has marked the season in which I unleashed my craft. As a freshman in […]

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Looking Towards An Odd Future…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78_loMbmKJ8 Welcome to the world of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) by way of 17 year old Earl Sweatshirt. You thought Chicago youth were bad, peep the hard truth of LA. This is your first day of millennial purgatory, complete with super drugs, aggressive sexuality, and lyrical violence. If you ask me, […]

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The Joke IS Black People

Dedicated to Gopher! I support you ma. Nothing spikes my blood pressure quicker than non-Black people that change their demeanor around Black people. It occurs mostly between womyn; non-Blacks add “u’s” to “girl”, perform the two snaps and around gesture, push their lips out to say “boo boo!”—the list goes on. A little imitation of […]

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Hip Hop’s Not Too Raw for Valentine’s Day

Take a look at your G-Shock—yup it’s about that time. I don’t know if it’s because it’s my first year in college or what, but Valentine’s Day is a pretty big deal to me. No it’s not a sucker’s holiday, and no it should not substitute yearly or monthly efforts at relationships. You have to […]

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Letter to Tainted Love

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkPy4yq7EJo Dear, Womyn at Irving Park wearing Bert’s Bees, Over a year ago one of the greatest times of my life came to a close. But closure hasn’t delivered until a year and 8 months later (now).  I had the time of my life riding around Lakeview with someone I adored, listening to sexy beast […]

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T.G.I.T.T.B. (Thank God It’s The Token Blacky)

What’s scarier than a racist that calls out “nigger” or “coon” viciously? The racist who’s night you save by being the “token blacky”. I pose two disappointments for the eager audience at a non-black party: no weed and no freestyle. Still I manage to be the life of the party, dougieing on every song, judging […]

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