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Some of My Best Friends Give CPAC Speeches

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The interesting thing about the GOP to me is they seem to have this attitude that if they don’t acknowledge it, then it’s simply not true. It’s a great strategy on the surface, but inevitably it always leaves them looking extremely insincere. At this years Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC they had a “Black” man Allen West, Republican Congressman from Florida, as the keynote speaker. To them it meant that conservatives aren’t racist, no matter how low their attacks on President Obama go (Communist, Illegal Alien, Muslim, N-Word), because one of their best friends, Allen West, gave the keynote.

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Today in Post-Race History: Pepsi Challenge[d]

Now that the Super Bowl dust has settled, I am nursing my way out of an omg-no-football-for-seven-months depression with small bits of NBA basketball (Derek Rose has overtaken Chris Paul as my favorite player), until March Madness helps me get through the last leg of my winter hibernation.  Overall, the big game was rather entertaining, […]

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Grammy Predictions

So the Grammys are finally upon us. This Sunday night, pop music’s heavy-hitters will sit awkwardly in a theatre in L.A. and wait with bated breath as nameless, faceless “Grammy voters” decide which artists actually made good music over the past year or so. They will likely be completely wrong. The performances should be ok […]

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An Early Valentine’s Day Post: I am My Father’s Daughter

Next week is Valentine’s Day. So, I thought I would write an early post about it from the perspective of someone (i.e. me) who deeply desires “soul abiding” relationships, but who struggles greatly in that regard. So, you know what is troubling for me is to look in the mirror and see myself becoming like […]

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Hip Hop’s Not Too Raw for Valentine’s Day

Take a look at your G-Shock—yup it’s about that time. I don’t know if it’s because it’s my first year in college or what, but Valentine’s Day is a pretty big deal to me. No it’s not a sucker’s holiday, and no it should not substitute yearly or monthly efforts at relationships. You have to […]

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The Dark Continent: Education, Equality, & Extenuating Circumstances

Some think only young children should be granted the “socially constructed appropriateness” that allows them to imagine. Contrary to this belief, it is my understanding that there is power in the process of “imagining” for both adults and children. So come with me and let us use our imagination. Imagine a principal that acts as […]

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Willow Smith Whips Confidence

When I first saw Willow Smith appear along side her Mom and Dad on the red carpet, my initial reaction was, “who is this pint-sized kid with all that swag?” Until that point I’d never seen a ten-year old successfully rock a colorful and eccentric hairstyle with rhinestones. But then again, I’d never heard of […]

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Hip-Hop Artists Unite for Egypt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu7eQyasgw0v When Drum Gang Productions sent me this beat I was immediately blown away by it’s intensity. Of course, I felt it was perfect for me, and the type of music I make, but still I was unsure how I should approach it. I knew it was special and I didn’t want to waste it. […]

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Snow Day Dibs

Your favorite (Chicago) blogger has emerged from the Chicago Blizzard of ’011.  I know you were worried.  Had I waited any longer to leave campus last Tuesday, I would have been part of the group of lucky motorists who got stranded on Lake Shore Drive because of car accidents and snow drifts.  Yet I made […]

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Adele’s “21″

An outstanding second album reflects an unprecedented growth, depth and creativity that takes the artist’s music in a direction that feels both reassuringly natural yet thrillingly unexpected. Like Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, D’Angelo’s Voodoo, and Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun, Adele has most certainly achieved this near impossible balancing act with her sophomore album, 21.

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