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It’s not Black and White. It’s Love.

Let’s stop pretending for one second. Let’s stop saying the world is full of rainbows and sunshine and everything sweet. The world is cold. Sometimes the taste is too bitter. And sometimes rainbows are just colors stuck together that never mix. And when they do, they create a stir. No pun intended. Kanye West once again […]

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5 Things We Can Learn From the African Refugee Protests in Israel

African immigrants meeting outside of Levinsky Park in South Tel Aviv (photo by me) Below is an interview I did with SocialTV about the African refugees in Israel During our trip last week to Palestine and Israel, our delegation of artists and activists, including Dream Hampton, Ferrari Sheppard, Remi Kanazi,  Professor Robyn Spencer, and Bill Fletcher Jr. were […]

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Leaving out gender-based violence harms all Black people

By Charlene Carruthers Yesterday’s Huffington Post Live segment “Do ‘Hood Sites’ Normalize Black Stereotypes” exposes a long held and counterproductive belief that gender should not and can not be centered in work to address violence in the Black Americans. The panelists include Amanda Seale, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Dr. Shayne Lee, Dr. Brittney Cooper and Mandon […]

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The death of Hadiya Pendleton, one year later

January 29th, 2013, was a huge day for me. The first shipment of my debut book arrived and I was just two days away from a big signing and appearance in Chicago. Elated over the fact that I was able to complete something that I initially thought wasn’t possible, nothing could kill my vibe. As […]

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Why isn’t her hair laid?

Celebrities must accept that they live their lives in the public eye. It is the horse and buggy of the entertainment industry. However, when does this exposure cross the line and focuses on the children of celebrities? Many celebrities call for legislation that makes it illegal to harass and photograph their minor children without their […]

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The Checklist

Lorne Michaels just played y’all. Just months after receiving the collective ire of social media users everywhere, Michaels announced the hiring of not one, not two, but three black women to the Saturday Night Live crew. Of course, this was in response to last fall’s announcement of the newest SNL cast members, none of whom […]

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Fresh Face Alert: Keep your eyes and ears on Bernie Levv

The product of two young musicians, one could say that 19-year-old Bernie Levv was made for music. Born and raised on Chicago’s north side, the star is paving the way for herself in a very competitive arena. She’s skilled in playing several instruments, including the saxophone and piano, lending herself to versatility when it comes […]

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A Love Letter to Black Youth

Dear Black youth, I love you. And I mean you. Not the “you” in other people’s imaginations and expectations, but I mean that I love you for who you really are. I see you for who you are, all of you, and I love you. I love you when you excel in schools that don’t […]

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Are You Anti-Racist or Anti-White?

Hide your kids, hide your wives, and hide your sanity! They’re coming. Did you honestly think that they wouldn’t? That they wouldn’t swarm into your neighborhoods, your homes, your towns and take over? It seems ending slavery and segregation wasn’t enough. It was only a matter of time before people of color found their way […]

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An 11 Year Old Boy vs The State of Israel

“My Neighbourhood” is one of the powerful documentaries I have ever seen. Produced by Just Vision, “My Neighborhood” tells the story of Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of […]

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