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Endangered: Save the Female Rappers

Just to make it clear, I don’t care for the term female rap. Hip hop is hip hop. Good music is good music. However, FEMALE rap has taken an interesting turn and in some positive aspects it remains to dominate the mainstream charts and still maintain presence. The downside is that it’s pretty much done […]

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Being a Young Black Man in America: Eric Garner & the 1 Year Anniversary of the Zimmerman Verdict

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In the wake of the one year anniversary of George Zimmerman being found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin, and Eric Garner being choked to death by NYPD on video, we sat down with our 1Hood Media Academy students and asked them how they feel about being young Black Men in America.

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When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong

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It is a shame that we live in a world where “keeping it real” is a way of life. The definition of keeping it real is as convoluted as Malcolm X’s “by any means necessary.” People often ascribe their own feelings to these phrases and use them as mantras to enact violence or to do […]

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Revenge of the Black Biopic

I was mildly curious about how Get On Up, the James Brown biopic, would do in its first weekend at the theater, even though I had no interest in seeing it. After all, a trailer that includes the words, “from the director that brought you The Help” as enticing jargon clearly does not have me […]

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Fire Challenge: Let’s Not Watch the Train Wreck Next Time

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Every now and then you find your self blank when you’re attempting to write significant pieces on social issues. Sometimes it feels like every thing has been said and what is the point of adding one more opinion to the mass of opinions that are already out there. I preface this piece with that because […]

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Black August 2014

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Black August is a time of fasting, studying, reflecting, and discipline to honor our ancestors and people in the liberation struggle.  Black August originated in the slave house (prison) to honor our fallen Freedom Fighters, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden and sole survivor, Ruchell Magee. 

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Materialism: The Black Family’s Inheritance

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I had a conversation with my cousin the other day and she said something that furthered triggered some feelings that I had been having.  We were talking about school shopping for her son and she stated how she now had to start buying clothes for her daughter, due to her father being incarcerated.  I asked […]

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Homothugs, Hidden Hearts

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This is an essay in response to Joël Barraquiel Tan’s piece Homothugdragsterism in which he describes the lives of “Homothugs.” It is sad and disheartening that we live in a world where in order to gain acceptance, one must put on a façade. Behind these imagined posteriors lies caged butterflies that are imprisoned by their own […]

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New World Water

I know it’s Meatless Monday and all, but I have half a mind to eat a double cheeseburger while rocking a fur coat or something. But that wouldn’t do anything but further clog my arteries, and make me especially hot during a remarkably mild summer day here in Chicago. It would do nothing to stop […]

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When Black Isn’t Beautiful Enough

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In today’s Hip-Hop landscape the more “different” you are the more “unique” you appear to be. The presence of quarter million dollar cars and “exotic” woman are pretty much standard fare in music videos, but to what degree is this formula for visual performances a deeper psychosis?

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