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Summer M.

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Iyanla, Fix Your Language

Is Iyanla Van Zant forever and ever protected by the shield of God Oprah Winfrey, ever since she got on the God’s show and groveled before a studio audience? If that’s the case, the lack of clap back for an under-reported story would make sense. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, The Root reported on an […]

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School of Thought

Last week, The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on the Obama Administration’s latest initiative. Not to be outdone by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the administration has announced a sequel of its own featuring children competing. The POTUS et. al. has ponied up an addition $100 million in federal funds to public high schools. […]

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BELOOOOVVVVEEEDDD: Fix My Racism

Last week, I wrote at length about white people needing to identify and eradicate their racism without the assistance of black people and without blaming black people. The occasion for this commentary was the oft-written about Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying situation and, more specifically, Shannon Sharpe’s disgust at black players’ alleged complicity in Incognito’s racism. […]

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Today in Post-Race History: The Case of Richie Incognito

We’ve been following the Miami Dolphins’ bullying case starring a dude whose real name is actually Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin here on the BYP, because sports–and sports stories–are never entirely about sports. I’m repeating myself and others when I say that sports is a microcosm of the culture, and this issue is no exception. […]

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Fall Back: Let Me Explain

In case you missed it, last week I did a great job of offending people by not writing a Halloween post about the history of blackface and why it hurts my feelings. Instead, I attempted to compose a more honest set of press releases for any white person of note who gets cited for the […]

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Today in Post-Race History: The Halloween Press Release

Halloween is this week. Which is to say that on Thursday and the days following, black people will have their annual opportunity to remind white people who listen that blackface is offensive #neverforget. Last year, my Halloween community service included a checklist that white people could use to determine whether their chosen costume would offend […]

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Serving Lemonade: Biological Didn’t Bother

Last week, we reported that Harry Belafonte, singer and activist, filed suit against the heirs of Martin Luther King, Jr., namely his three surviving children. Five years ago, Belafonte had intended to auction three documents that King had written: a condolence letter to Lady Bird Johnson; an outline of a Vietnam War speech; and notes […]

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Show Me the Money

Last Friday was National Coming Out Day. Shout out to those who took it as an opportunity to publicly express their sexuality and those who didn’t. Either way, you deserve a big hug and an even bigger ice cream cone. Of course, even with the government shutdown, politics influences how we view the day. So, […]

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Today in Post-Race History: Beast Mode

Last week, I wrote about Washington’s NFL team and the resistance by team management, and their most prominent football player, Robert Griffin III, to do the right thing and demand that the team change its name. In a sense, the call to change the name is not simply about racism and who is offended by […]

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Today in Post-Race History: Team Spirit

We’re on the cusp of October and thus fully entrenched in fall and the NFL season. Although it cannot be called America’s pastime, that designation belongs to baseball, football is America’s game. It’s the country’s most popular sport, and in many ways is analogous to and signals the contradiction of the society from which it […]

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