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Why I Wrote Strange Fruit (Class Of 2013)

I’m just not the type of person that can hear about tragedies that happen on our community and just keep it moving. When I first heard about the senseless murder of Renisha McBride, I couldn’t sleep. Here was another young Black person who was shot and killed after a car accident, just for trying to […]

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BELOOOOVVVVEEEDDD: Fix My Racism

Last week, I wrote at length about white people needing to identify and eradicate their racism without the assistance of black people and without blaming black people. The occasion for this commentary was the oft-written about Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying situation and, more specifically, Shannon Sharpe’s disgust at black players’ alleged complicity in Incognito’s racism. […]

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Food Stamps For The Holidays

   By: Rashad J. Smith The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known to millions of Americans as “Food Stamps” surprised hundreds of thousands of recipients with extra “money” this past weekend. Residents of Rochester, New York rushed to grocery stores this weekend after they found out that their balance on their Electronic Benefit Transfer […]

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Radical Politics is Not a Luxury

On Tuesday, in an interview with Marc Lamont Hill, rapper Nelly was questioned about being challenged by women at Spelman College years ago for his controversial video Tip Drill. Nelly, who at the time planned to have a bone marrow drive at the college for his sister, incorrectly claims that Spelman canceled the drive. He […]

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Free Spirit Media: Empowering Young Reporters

“We want our voices to be heard…what people call the ghetto, like here our neighborhood, that’s our life. That’s our sense of peace and we want others to see that we’re more than what people make us out there to be, and that’s why I joined Free Spirit Media just for the simple fact that […]

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Do We See God or Color?

I remember church. Choirs sang with the brightest hearts. Preachers roared and souls looked for fulfillment. We sat in our seats, eager to hear the word. We were more than willing to break from our every day pains and sorrows to find solace.

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3 Gay Black Male Rappers Everyone Should Check Out

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Straight black men dominate the rap industry. Surprise! But to what extent does this male-dominated field marginalize other groups from entering into this lucrative industry? While the industry has made some room for empowered, tough black women- Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Angel Haze, to name a few- one group has been marginalized almost entirely: gay […]

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Today in Post-Race History: The Case of Richie Incognito

We’ve been following the Miami Dolphins’ bullying case starring a dude whose real name is actually Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin here on the BYP, because sports–and sports stories–are never entirely about sports. I’m repeating myself and others when I say that sports is a microcosm of the culture, and this issue is no exception. […]

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Am I My Sister’s Keeper?

In light of the recent homicide of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, the unnerving trend of violence against black females is brought to the forefront. Violence against women, especially minority women is not a new trend in America.

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Why you should sign the petition demanding reparations for Chicago Police torture survivors

Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and detectives under his authority engaged in acts of torture, physical abuse and coercion of black men and women from 1972 through 1991. Under Burge’s command, African Americans were electrically shocked on their genitals, lips and ears, suffocated with plastic bags and subjected to mock executions with guns. All […]

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