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Common Wants To Take You HIGHER with “BLUE SKY”

Common’s “Blue Sky” is a call to arms for a generation haunted by a sense of hopeless. He doesn’t want you to get angry; he wants you to get inspired, reach higher and dream bigger. Who’s with him?

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“I am Intelligent” and the Self Efficacy of an Eight Year Old

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 8:00 am October 5, 2011 “I am intelligent, I am intelligent, who are you? Because I am intelligent” These were the words I told an 8-year-old boy to repeat as I helped him with his homework at a community center for HIV/Aids impacted communities.  He spoke about how he really wanted an […]

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Rick Perry’s “Oops!”

By Asha 1:30 pm October 4, 2011 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 […]

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Stop Blaming Hip-Hop For What Probably Goes On At Your Church

By edward 10:18 am October 4, 2011 Last week my friend, and fellow BYP blogger, wrote a gripping piece about the omnipresence of homophobic lyrics in hip-hop through the lens of Tyler, the Creator. Jonathan’s post made me think again about what role I as a listener, and other hip-hop fans have in combating homophobia […]

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BYP Afternoon Round-UP: NYPD Received $4.6 Mil from JPMorgan Chase, Eddie Long Wants His Money Back, and MORE!

BYP Afternoon Round-UP: NYPD Received $4.6 Mil from JPMorgan Chase, Eddie Long Wants His Money Back, and Obama = Hitler?!

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I Wish #OccupyWallStreet Critics Would Get Off the Couch and Get in the Game

By jasiri x 1:36 pm October 3, 2011 After the Occupy Wall Street Movement finally got some coverage form the mainstream media, due to some very bad behavior by the NYPD, the blogosphere began to buzz with post after post about what #OccupyWallStreet was doing wrong. From the message to the way the protestors were […]

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Today in Post-Race History: A Rock and a Hard Place

By Summer M. 8:00 am October 3, 2011 I really hate it when politics interrupt my fantasy football preparation. There I was checking Twitter for tweets that might help my abysmal fantasy team when I started seeing posts about presidential candidate Rick Perry’s little problem. In case you missed it, according to a story published in The […]

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Adele’s “Someone Like You” Video is Completely Unoriginal and Depressing…And I Love It.

Adele’s “Someone Like You” video is completely unoriginal and beyond formulaic. And I love it. So get out your tissues, and get ready to feel like shit. This is a celebration of the stark, intimate, sometimes black-and-white, heartbreaking, female songwriter-songwriter-driven music video. Enjoy…?

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“I am the Baddest Bitch” LA Basketball Wives: Colorism, Draya vs. Laura, and Overall Worthlessness

By Fallon 8:37 am September 30, 2011 So, I will admit I watch Basketball Wives. Yes, I do. However, I think I have to draw the line at LA Basketball Wives. It’s too much. In particular, it’s the colorism of the show that is the most glaring issue for me. On the very first episode, […]

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Who Brought Colonialism to the Party?

By Keantre Malone 11:59 am September 29, 2011 Dedicated to the girl with the red beret. To dissing me for writing about celebrities lately. Rumor goes that, in Chicago, they shut down the predominantly Black/Latin@ bus routes early to keep us away from the white spaces. Route 80-Ashland, Route 70-Division, just to name a couple, […]

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