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Pubes and Gender

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            Yesterday was an especially awkward day for the students that I teach. It was the PUBERTY TALK. I was sure it would be painful for some of my students. However I didn’t anticipate how uncomfortable the presentation would make me. Not because of the terrible 80’s video, nude cartoons of pre-pubescent bodies, or because […]

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According to a Federal Jury, This Police Beating Is NOT Excessive Force

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Jordan Miles in the hospital after he was brutally beaten by 3 Pittsburgh Police Officers Today a federal court jury decided that the 3 white undercover Pittsburgh Police officers that brutally beat Jordan Miles and ripped part of his dreadlocks out of his head, did NOT use excessive force when arresting him. That’s right, even […]

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The Era of Hurt Feelings

Oh, the power of a Twitter account and a properly coined hashtag. Late last week, two Twitter dust-ups that, on varying levels, centered on race and identity, went viral and landed on my last nerve. The first and more prominent one involved Suey Park, who has been called a hashtag activist (I know, right? WTF?), […]

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First Encounter with Race

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                                                                I remember, when I first stepped into my fourth grade classroom, my mouth dropped to the floor.  It was the middle of the summer and we had just moved to the suburbs. Unfortunately for me, they were on cycle scheduling and so my summer time and childhood  of fun had ended abruptly.  I found […]

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Behind the Checkpoint, My Experience Traveling to Palestine

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Ferrari Sheppard, Bryonn Bain, Dream Hampton, and Remi Kanazi walking through the Qalandia Checkpoint in Palestine   Shortly after traveling to Palestine and Israel earlier this year, and the release of my song Checkpoint, I recorded this interview so I could express my initial thoughts about the trip.

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BYP Memo: What Young People Think About the Affordable Care Act

Next week, the first round of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will close until October. Policymakers and pundits have speculated about how young people will respond to the ACA general, and the individual mandate in particular. The success of the ACA depends in part on the willingness of young people to either sign up for health […]

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One and Done

Many of us have managed to emerge from the cocoon of four days of March Madness, only to arrive at work or school or wherever our Monday duties lead us with busted brackets and memories of incredibly close games and buzzer beaters. Many of the Goliath basketball programs–the Dukes (yea!), the Kansases, the North Carolinas, […]

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Your location, skin color, sexual orientation, or sex doesn’t excuse your humanity

  As a people and as humans, we must take responsibility for our lack of knowledge and understand that what we see on television doesn’t speak for everyone nor does it provide a sufficient amount of information. We must fill in the blanks to make a valid conclusion.

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Conversations We Are Not Having – A Black Youth Project Economic Justice Series: All money is not the same

By: John A. Walton African Americans have had lots of catching up to do. To have thought ground was being gained in the economic progress of African Americans over the past 40 years, only to witness how the 2008 debt collapse disproportionately impacted black communities is understandably frustrating. Government printed money used to reverse and preserve debts owed between […]

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