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Who Do You Serve? “Occupy Wall St.” Met with “Occupy the People’s Rights”

I’ve grown up hearing stories from my parents, many of which were about their political activism, and many of which highlighted the lack of police support the experienced. In the summer of 1975, my dad participated in a desegregation protest on a beach in Boston where blacks had been excluded. While some protesters threw rocks, […]

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Why is Everybody Hating on the Feminists?

At my high school, the newly formed “Young Feminists Society” has become the latest joke in the hallways. The level of social acceptance for sexism, girl hate, and anti feminism blows my mind. A freshman boy labeled it “Young Dyke’s Club.” A freshman had the nerve to cross a senior girl with a self-declared superiority […]

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MJ’s Doctor Found Guilty of Ending a Troubled Life

Six nights a week at the secluded Neverland Ranch, $150,000 a month, and an insomniac pop legend pleading “just make me sleep” were enough to cloud the ethics of Dr. Conrad Murray. A combination of isolation in a strange environment, inadequate qualifications, monetary incentive, and the borderline insanity of one of this country’s most famous, […]

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What “Do” do We do?

Standing in line at Potbelly’s deli, I hear “Excuse me, but.. I was just wondering what you do to your hair?” About sixteen inches of curly, usually frizzy, untamed, natural madness and somehow women ask me this a few times every week. Sometimes her hair looks just like mine, sometimes it’s heavily processed and looks […]

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Spoken Word Poetry: Hold Onto that History.

Visceral, in your face, in your ears, in your snapping fingers, and tapping feet, spoken word poetry sprang loosely from the expressive energies of the blues, the Harlem Renaissance, and hip-hop music which had each permeated black communities throughout America over the course of the century. Mimicking the 1960s beat poets of coffee houses and […]

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Connections and Disconnects to a Generation of Communication

Living in America, and especially being a young person in America, means that I am arguably at the very center of the growing culture of excessive communication and interconnectedness that has permeated all aspects of the coming generation. I barely know a anyone who doesn’t have a cell phone and email and facebook and at […]

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Who needs a posse more?

There’s a moment when you’re sitting next to someone, you have something else to do, you completely distracted and indifferent to their conversation, and a sentence comes out like: “I think I have a pretty good chance of getting it.. I mean when I went to the meeting it was all just a bunch of […]

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Rick Perry’s “Oops!”

So there’s a whole lot of fuss over GOP candidate Rick Perry’s hunting ground which may or may not have once been or is now called “Niggerhead”. When visitors spotted a rock with the name under a not-so-thick coat of white paint, news media has been all over the “Rick Perry’s Racism” story.  The one […]

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SAT who?

When the SAT asked however many thousands of high school seniors take it every year to find the word that relates most to ‘oarsman’ and the correct answer is ‘regatta’, half of the white test takers knew the answer and a fifth of black test takers knew it. The white kids were more likely to […]

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America’s Next Top Model: You’re In Our Box or You’re Out.

Last week, America’s Next Top Model brought an All Star Season of previous ANTM contenders onto the catwalk in the season premier. Ratings of ANTM having been sinking for a while now, this is clearly a pull-out-all-the-gimics twist on the series infused with all types of contradiction. Tyra persists with her usual persona, self-mocking and […]

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