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On Rape and the Media Politics of Libya: “There’s a Stirring in the Pot…Stirring in My Soul”

As a young black girl like most children I told lies. I told big lies. I told small lies. I told white lies. I told lies. And, even had the audacity to argue with my “all seeing all knowing” do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do black grandmother about the usage of lie over her usage of “telling a story.” What […]

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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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Black Flight

You ever get on a plane and as you head to your economy seat slow down to look at the people in first class? I mean, we are all heading to the same place and at least for the course of the flight, we all live in the same neighborhood. But up front, they got […]

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Black People Don’t Play/Like Hockey

Working in sports has its advantages and disadvantages. With my last team, the first question anyone ever asked when they learned where I worked was: can I get tickets? Now, the reaction is completely different. “YOU work in hockey?” Yes, I work for a hockey team. “Are you the ONLY Black person in the office?” […]

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South Africa, a Poem and a Moment to Look Back

Amandla…Ngawethu. This is a poem for South Africa. This is a vocal articulation of tones that ring sounds and speak clicks for the rainbow nations eleven languages. This is for Amaqabane, Comrades, and Abuntu. This poem is for the 27 minute boat ride to Robben Island jail, where Mandela spent 27 years before becoming the […]

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Men who nip, tuck and suc..

If you don’t already know, time is a cruel mistress who demands her “pound of flesh” by yearly ripping away our youth and vitality.   Among my close circle of friends, all in our mid-to-late 20s, we have each begun taking action to thwart her evil plan.  The telltale signs of aging are starting to become […]

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All That War Sh** Is For The Birds: Obama & Libya

In just under 30 minutes President Barack Obama gave what Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry called  “a mix of Just War Theory and classic University of Chicago IR-Realist Theory.” In a standard black suit, with a modified spread collar, and crimson colored tie, the former law school lecturer had the uniform that symbolized blood and war (red […]

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“Three Little Girls” Shot Down in Cold Blood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgcVMvl-k7Av For Woman’s History Month we wanted to shed light on how violent this society is especially towards woman and girls. “Three Little Girls” tells the stories of the senseless murders of Christina Taylor Green (9 yrs old), killed during the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Brisenia Flores (9 yrs old), gunned down by anti-immigrant […]

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On Dirty Laundry

I swear I’ll stop writing about Jalen Rose and The Fab Five after this week.  I promise.  I did, however, want to beat this dead horse one more good time take a moment to make a request of my (s)kinfolk. What follows is a clip of ESPN’s Chris Broussard discussing the Jalen Rose/Grant Hill issue […]

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9 Songs Every PRINCE Fan Should Know

How can you call yourself a Prince fan (for example) if you’ve only got “Raspberry Beret,” “Purple Rain,” and “1999” on your iPod shuffle? It’s just not enough. These are the 9 songs every Prince fan should know.

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