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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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I don’t do organized religion. What does that mean?

So, yesterday I had a conversation with a good friend who is a self-appointed scholar activist about the political repression and protest in Egypt. During the course of the conversation I happened to mention in passing that President Obama prayed for the Egyptian protesters at the National Prayer Breakfast. At the mentioning of this, she […]

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The Rubin Stacy Story: A Meditation on lynching in a Post-Racial America

 “The faintest ink is better than the best memory” was said to me by a friend’s uncle at Christmas lunch in Barbados. If ink beats memory, then pictures beat the self-induce fantasy of a nation, right?  For this black history month, I question the existence of a post-racial America. Yesterday, I began to stare at the photos […]

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Letter to Tainted Love

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkPy4yq7EJo Dear, Womyn at Irving Park wearing Bert’s Bees, Over a year ago one of the greatest times of my life came to a close. But closure hasn’t delivered until a year and 8 months later (now).  I had the time of my life riding around Lakeview with someone I adored, listening to sexy beast […]

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Maybe Contraction Isn’t a Bad Thing….

A few weeks ago, LeBron James was criticized in the media for making comments that many considered “pro-contraction”. He quickly recanted his statement, going so far as to admit that he had no idea what the word contraction even meant. (I believe him.) But it’s a conversation that looms over the NBA. With the bleak […]

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