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Reflections on Ferguson and Beyond

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By Ekundayo Igeleke 2:46 pm September 25, 2014 Let’s call out the names of our fallen brothers and sisters:  Michael Brown, John Crawford, Timothy Thomas, Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Johnathan Ferrell, Emmett Till, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Renisha McBride, Darius Simmons, Jordan Davis, Kimani Gray, Rekia Boyd, Kendrec McDade, Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams, […]

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Tell the City of Pittsburgh to Let Leon Ford Live

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By jasiri x 1:47 pm September 25, 2014 Leon Ford at Community Awareness Day (Photo by Haute Muslim) On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was pulled over by the Pittsburgh police. He promptly gave them his drivers license and registration, which confirmed who he was and his ownership of the vehicle he was driving. The police […]

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Spotting Bigotry On Spotify: How One Playlist Description Promotes And Perpetuates Racism

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By Keevin Brown 9:40 pm September 23, 2014 Recently I received a Snapchat from my friend Taylor of a Spotify playlist. Normally I wouldn’t have given it much thought, but the description of the playlist made me furious. Both Taylor and I were equally annoyed at the way a Hip-Hop playlist was being marketed to […]

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The Legacy of August Wilson and the Importance of Preserving Spaces for Black Culture

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By jasiri x 10:59 am September 19, 2014 Jasiri X outside the now closed August Wilson Center in 2010 at the First Voice Festival (photo by Haute Muslim)  In the above video I spoke about the importance of the legacy of August Wilson and the necessity of supporting a African-American cultural institution. Today marks the […]

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Allowance

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By Keevin Brown 8:34 pm September 16, 2014 With the recent request from Nicki Minaj to speak at her Alma mater being denied I found it appropriate, but then the decision made me think why? Thinking about why, lead to me questioning the whole Hip-Hop musical landscape. Why do we make certain allowances for certain […]

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In memory of four little girls

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By Shantell @shantell_em 9:48 am September 15, 2014 On this day fifty-one years ago, the world lost four promising little girls due to pure, unadulterated hatred. A bomb exploded some time before Sunday morning services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Unfortunately such acts were commonplace given the blatant racism faced by African-Americans […]

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The Path and Means to Police Accountability

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By santee 3:10 pm September 12, 2014 A lot of my pieces often deal with creating more understanding for the ‘other side’ of things. In previous pieces I have called for more empathy and understanding concerning young black males, police officers, and even murderers like Theodore Wafer. I do these pieces because empathy is my […]

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The Purge

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By byp100 @byp_100 11:16 am September 12, 2014 By: Tiara Phalon “If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do?

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#YesAllBlackWomen Are Janay Rice

By byp100 @byp_100 9:23 am September 11, 2014 By: Samantha Master Trigger Warning: violence against women; misogyny One of my earliest and most vivid memories was at five or six years old. My mother and I went to a local Hampton Inn after one of my step-father’s drunken rages left her black-eyed and busted-lipped. At […]

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Crime and Punishment

By Summer M. 10:44 am September 9, 2014 Yesterday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens finally decided to terminate running back Ray Rice’s contract after new video emerged of him assaulting his then-girlfriend (now wife), Janay Palmer, in a casino elevator. The decision, though necessary, was probably a result of peer pressure and needing better PR around […]

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