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Another Unarmed Black Teenager Killed by Police #JusticeforJaba

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Witnesses say Denzel Curnell, 19, was killed when a police officer shot him while he was kneeling down with his hands behind his back. Denzel  was unarmed.  Last Saturday, 19 year old Denzel Curnell aka Jaba had an encounter with a police officer at the housing projects where he lived in Charleston, South Carolina. That unfortunate encounter […]

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Are Latino Immigrants the New Black Citizens: Or Are We All the Same?

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The Unites States is this supposedly great country that professes to be a melting pot, whereas all are welcomed.   But how true is that?  Is this country really the land of the free and the home of the brave?  Because the pictures above depict hundreds of very brave children and individuals who do not look […]

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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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