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Facing our “Heroes”

When grappling with history, truth is a difficult commodity to come by and contradiction is far too common. I believe that the learning process of history has the potential and power to teach lessons of identity, narratives of building community, and the necessity for people to choose to participate in society around them. But I […]

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What Congress Can Learn From Lil’ B and Charlie Sheen

News flash: The American people are not #winning. The near government shut down last Friday was filled with more drama than a Jersey Shore episode. Unfortunately the problems that arose from Congress were not as trivial as the ones that the orange people in the Garden State deal with. Although one night stands from Snookie […]

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Hey Ashley Judd, this Rapper spoke out against America’s “Rape Culture”

By now you’ve probably heard about Ashley Judd’s ridiculous comments in regards to Hip-Hop that she wrote in her memoir, but if you didn’t they pretty much went like this; “As far as I’m concerned, most rap and hip-hop music – with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women […]

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Detox

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been detoxing.  That’s right.  No cheeseburgers, no jibaritos, no vanilla malts.  First a vegan diet, then a raw one, now a vegetable juice fast.  Although some of the stuff I’ve had tastes like ass terrible, I did enjoy much of it.  Coconut water, an acquired taste for many, […]

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MISTER CEE’S ARREST, And Rap’s Fear Of A Gay Hip Hip Head

Hip Hop wants you to believe that gayness somehow cannot coincide with Hip Hop culture. But what happens when an established and widely respected figure in the culture is caught getting dome from a male prostitute? Apparently, that’s problematic. Go figure.

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A Hole in My Head: A Life Revealed—The Story of Vertus Hardiman

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. I beseech you, before reading my blog post please watch the video above for it tells the story of Vertus Hardiman a black man whose  name means “virtue.” I know many of you are wondering, “Who is this Vertus Hardiman that he would have […]

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Republican Sleeper Cells

The Republican party is full of tricksters.  They let the likes of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump push their irrational, racist, xenophobic opinions into the political atmosphere to not only gauge the opinions of their constituents but to stir controversy without directly dirtying their hands.  And it’s working.  Those more outrageous figures, like Glenn Beck, […]

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Spoon-Fed Nickelodeon: Some Shows We Wish Would Re-Run

Television rarely comes on in my dorm room, guess that’s how it gets in college with paper after paper and the guilty slippage into partying. On those luke-warm Friday and Saturday nights I like to watch “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World,” shows that are incredible, shoes that were live for a different generation. […]

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Confession…

I am a reality television junkie. And I don’t watch normal people reality TV like Top Chef or The Bachelor but I enjoy trashy reality TV like Basketball Wives, Love and Hip Hop and the Real Housewives of Every Outrageous City in America. March Madness helped a little but once my Blue Devils got bounced […]

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Twenty-One

Today marks the moment in my society that I am officially considered a man. This marks the day that I can buy alcohol (even though I don’t drink), rent a car (from off brand companies like “rent-a-wreck”) and go to clubs in Chicago (regardless if I would rather just chill at home with my partner).  […]

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