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The N-Word, Madonna, and an Old Fence

I use to not say the n-word. I use to throw it out of the window, hope it landed in the middle of the street and got ran over by a semi-truck. The n-word, as everyone knows is a heavy word. It’s full of hate, disgrace, subordination, and at the same time endearment and style. […]

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Until We Get a Holiday

Last week, the nation celebrated civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. and we are a few days from entering Black History month. For as long as I could remember, Dr. King was the paramount of civil rights figures for black America and the hard hitter of every Black History program I ever participated in […]

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Same Love, Same Spectacle

So, I didn’t watch the Grammys last night because I have better things to do, like mentally compose haikus about how cold Chicago is and watch Negroes fight on Bravo while remarking about how terribly Christopher Williams aged. But thank god for the internet. I had heard/seen that this white rapper dude named Macklemore was […]

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Why Macklemore beat your favorite rapper

First, I’d like to start by saying that I do not think Macklemore is better than Kendrick Lamar. Other than “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love,” not much happening on his debut album in my opinion. But where Kendrick and other artists who probably should have been awarded GRAMMYs lacked, Macklemore gladly picked up the ball.

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Why People of Color Should Support the Legalization of Marijuana

Marijuana arrests are one of the biggest contributors to the mass incarceration of men of color. The above info-graphic shows that although smoking weed is more popular than ever among all races, the people arrested for it are overwhelmingly black. In Chicago 86% of those convicted for the possession of Marijuana were Black men, in […]

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Dear Lupita Nyong’o, Why Must You Slay Us So Effortlessly?

The below article was originally written by Luuvie Ajayi. She is a member of BYP 100, blogger, humor writer and digital strategist working in Chicago. For more information on Luuvie and her work go to http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com.  My newest celebrity crush is Lupita Nyong’o and if you have to ask me why, then we have nothing to talk about. […]

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What’s History Got to Do With Us Black Millennials?

My generation is often accused of not knowing our history. This sets up a number of problems. 1) It presupposes history as a good launching point for present action. 2) It implies that there is a clear and neat history that we should be learning. And 3) it sends the blame in the wrong direction. […]

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Who You Calling a Thug?

I preface this post with the fact that I am in no way an aficionado of sports, but I am a major humanist and a student of understanding the human condition. I live in a football household that is taken hostage until the Super Bowl. Televised events that are shocking, uncomfortable or intriguing promote conversation […]

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Richard Sherman went off, why you mad?

“A tale of two Stanford players: Richard Sherman: From Compton California. 4.0 GPA at Sanford and going back to get his masters. One of the best trash talkers who gets labeled a “thug” after eleloquently expressing his feelings on Michael Crabtree. Didn’t curse or even say anything derogatory. Jonathan Martin: Attended nationally ranked Harvard-Westlake School in […]

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Not One…Not Two…: LeBron James’ Message to Single Mothers

Last week, Beyonce garnered many of the headlines about this year’s The Shriver Report, an annual study about the state of women and girls in society today. Queen Bey’s brief essay both further solidified her position as a feminist and gave bloggers and pundits yet another opportunity to consider the merits of her feminism. Yet, there […]

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