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The world is still anti-gay

When I was 13 years old, I had a crush on my one of my teachers. She was a woman. She was 50 years old. I told her I liked her and she told me she was married. Bummers. Anyway, I’m sure this is rich with Freudian issues but I also believe it was the […]

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For White People: A Quick Guide to Having Black Friends

Here’s what, I know it’s awkward sometimes. But there’s no reason it should be. If we just asked the difficult questions without being concerned with how it will look. So White people, this is for you. Here are a three quick things your Black friend(s) are too politically correct to tell you. All my black […]

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The Dark Continent: From the Window of Privilege

I sat under the air conditioning in a charter bus and simultaneously struggled with and enjoyed my privilege. This image is the manifestation of the division of two individuals who are phenotypically similar enough to be mistaken. It is in this context in which both individuals (myself and a South African child named Michelle) become […]

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Rahm Emanuel Had A Dream

Yesterday, Americans (except for maybe John McCain) observed a day of respite thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Politicians went to MLK events, kissed babies, and were all overwhelmed in the spirit of kumbaya. Even Glenn Beck was politically correct yesterday (let’s hope this carries on into Black History Month).  As we all sang […]

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Dr. King on Violent Rhetoric and Afghanistan

When fear monger Glenn Beck attempted to hijack Dr. Martin Luther King’s seminal moment, the March on Washington, by holding his own rally 47 years later, I imagined how Dr. King would have felt if he were alive to witness it. Here were two of the most divisive public figures, Beck and Sarah Palin, invoking Dr. King after having built their careers off of trying to scare white American into believing that the newly elected Black President intends to destroy everything America stands for. Both have given rise to some of the most racist rhetoric and violent imagery while seemingly wanting America to go back to a time when women had no rights and Black people were slaves. It was then that I wrote a short verse from Dr. King’s prospective about how he would see an America so divided along racial and political lines. Little did I know that in channeling Dr. King, some lines would indeed turn out to be almost prophetic.

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Sing, Sing Celebrate

Today is MLK Day, and if you’re lucky, you’re chilling in bed reading this on your smartphone.  Or perhaps you’re not reading this at all.  And that’s cool.  Rosa Parks didn’t refuse to give up her seat on a bus for you to be reading blogs on your vacation day. For those who are reading […]

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Gucci Mane’s Bizarre New Tattoo

Earlier this week, Gucci Mane unveiled what has to be the ugliest, most absurd tattoo of all time. Amid his multiple arrests (and an extended stay in the psych ward), Gucci found the time to have a massive ice cream cone tattooed across the side of his face. Look closely and you’ll notice a small […]

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Dear Yemaja: A Year Later and Haiti Women Cry Out at Kanye West’s Monster

Dear Yemaja (Lucumi/Santeria Mother Goddess), Last year, I wrote a blog entitled, Some Natural Disasters are not so Natural but Vodou (Spirit) will Prevail. Yes, I wrote that Spirit and Spirits would rise and rattle those who seek to indebt and control Haiti. I wrote that Haiti would rise. I wrote that Vodou—a spiritual and […]

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Last Night KTD Saved My Life

Somewhere in Chicago the most promising band has its members contorting their bodies a few more times before it pries open the mouths of audiences across the world. Whether the gesture be frantic fingertips of an emcee, a rattling head of a saxophone player, or a subtle hand-to-thigh clap of a singer, the soul of […]

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Freedom of speech is a white privilege

This is the map Sarah Palin published on her site in 2010. Less than a week ago, someone reached one of those targets. Is Sarah to blame? She certainly doesn’t think so and she isn’t alone. What’s interesting about this situation though, is while a number of media outlets are speculating that Palin’s poor use […]

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