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Public Allies and Black Male Achievement

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In 2011-2012, I was an apprentice in Public Allies.  What is Public Allies (besides the best leadership development program in AmeriCorps)?  Public Allies’ mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation.  

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Season’s Greetings

Summer has officially begun. This means, of course, vacations, barbecues, long days, and, perhaps, a rise in crime rates in certain places, including Chicago, a city that has become (unfairly) a poster child for violence in urban America. The numbers have started to pour in already. The day after Father’s Day, news outlets reported that […]

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Everyday Racism in K-12 Education

By: David Knight Earlier this spring, the New York Times published an important article on brief racial slights, or “microaggressions,” that people of color endure every day across college campuses. The article, by Tanzina Vega, covers the recent wave of activism, dialogue, and scholarship on the topic and features the project, “I, Too, Am Harvard,” where students […]

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The Role of a Lifetime

It was recently announced that America’s Next Top Model contestant-turned-actress Yaya DaCosta will play Whitney Houston in the upcoming biopic on the singer to be aired on the Lifetime network. The film, which has first-time director Angela Bassett at its helm, will cover Houston’s relationship with her former husband, Bobby Brown, a coupling that many found surprising […]

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Video: happy birthday Tupac

Today, Tupac would’ve been 43 had he not been killed in 1996. His legacy is synonymous to a being who was wise beyond his years. Arguably one of the most prolifc lyricist of the era, Tupac Shakur was a force to be reckoned with.

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Stereotyping: The Danger of Misperception

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So I was on the train one morning and I happened to see a young black man getting off with me and in my opinion he appeared ‘angry’. I initially thought, ‘I wonder what is going on with him?’ And then I happened to be see a white man right behind him and judged his […]

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Harry Belafonte and Artist/Activists Launch Sankofa.org

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Hip-Hop Artists Jasiri X, Monie Love, David Banner, Chuck D, & Talib Kweli at the initial launch of  Harry Belafonte’s Sankofa (Photo by Paradise Gray) Last June, I was blessed to be one of the Hip-Hop artists invited to hear from the legendary Harry Belafonte about the launch of a new organization called Sankofa. Sankofa is a social […]

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Black Music’s Love of White Supremacy

While the typical stereotype of a black person, is that they are mean, angry, ghetto, inhospitable and hard to get along with, the truth of the matter is that blacks are probably the most open and welcoming when it comes to sharing their culture.  And one aspect of that culture is music.  Any non-black person, […]

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Is It Rio’s or Black Men’s Fault? Documentary Says It’s Black Women’s

“We’re not created equal, we have different roles in life.” – 2013 Documentary, “Frustrated: Black Men in Brazil” I recently ran across a documentary on YouTube called “Frustrated: Black Men in Brazil” which was directed by Al Greeze. He was inspired to make this documentary after reading a 2006 Essence article by Spelman College Professor, […]

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No Need to Slutshame

    I am a pretty open person, someone that usually has a live and let live attitude, unless my civil liberties are being threatened. So I’m not really understanding all the hate on women and their personal use of their bodies. The most recent example of slut-shaming being Rihanna’s choice of a sheer dress […]

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