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Who Inhabits The Internet Ghetto?

By edward 8:00 am November 22, 2011 The ability to use information technology to engage in civic discourse and collaborative projects is why some people claim that the Internet is a democratizing tool. Because production and engagement costs are lowered, theoretically anyone, even individuals from low-income or disadvantaged communities should be able to have access […]

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Hip-Hop Artists Stand for Human Rights

By jasiri x 1:43 pm November 21, 2011 Chino XL, Rhymefest, Immortal Technique, Jasiri X (Photo by Paradise Gray) Most of the discussion around rap music is almost always about it’s negative effects. Blog after blog of so called intellectuals rant about mainstream rap music’s bad influence on youth. I often wonder why they never […]

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By Summer M. 9:11 am November 21, 2011 When I was a kid, after every Thanksgiving dinner my dad would go around the table and have each kid say what we were thankful for. It was an excruciating process–and nothing like the scene from The Cosby Show. Since my siblings were younger and cuter they […]

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Rihanna’s TALK THAT TALK is the emptiest, shallowest & BEST Pop Album of the Year


Talk That Talk is the probably the best pop album of the year. So If you’re hungry for something of great social and political import, go curl up with some Marx. The rest of us’ll be listening to Talk That Talk. And having FUN.

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Nikky Finney, the 61st National Book of Poetry Award Winner “Honoree,” Taught me how to “Honor” when she “Honored” Toni

By Fallon 12:00 am November 18, 2011 httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty6z9QMFKNw I want to join the chorus of the many in honoring Nikky Finney for being awarded the National Book Award for Poetry. Her written words and the recounting of her words in her own voice are amazing. And, I use the term amazing not in the typical […]

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On the Job While You Chill: The Profit of Oppresion

By Keantre Malone 11:59 am November 17, 2011 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 […]

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What do we Owe our Leaders?

By tamara @tamaracg 12:00 pm November 16, 2011 Earlier this week, New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X found himself in the media once again. Quanell X has had a very interesting relationship with the media and law enforcement. He is also a very polarizing figure with actions spanning the spectrum from getting a killer […]

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Black Youth, Behavior & the Hyper-Diagnosis of ADHD

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 1:44 am November 16, 2011 I work at the Chicago House and Social Service Agency as an intern for my masters. At this placement I teach students that have been impacted by poverty, HIV/AIDS, an educational crisis and other systemic issues. I have been notified that in this environment many of the […]

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Why is Everybody Hating on the Feminists?

By Asha 3:05 pm November 15, 2011 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 […]

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What Makes Difference? The 99% and 1%


By Johnaé @johnae_alyse 11:30 am November 15, 2011 In the past few weeks I have observed the occupy movement show up in more headlines, gain substantial attention, and impact crips and bloods alike who identify as the 99%. In light of this movement I am led to wonder why this moment has been chosen as […]

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