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New Niggas, Same Old Curse


By Amari Rene @AmErican_Poet 11:58 am May 1, 2014 In a conversation that I had with a close friend, we discussed people using the word Nigga/Nigger and what it meant.  There is this new age argument that Nigga now means friend and is a term of endearment.  But is it really? Is a word that […]

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Young Black Men Discuss Donald Sterling, Call Clippers “Slaves” [VIDEO]


By jasiri x 5:35 pm April 30, 2014   Yesterday at 1Hood Media Academy we discussed Donald Sterling’s racist comments and whether or not the Clippers should have played after they were made public.

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The death of Gakirah Barnes: will we now believe that murder and rap are connected?

By Shantell @shantell_em 2:19 pm April 30, 2014 News of 17-year-old Gakirah Barnes’ death is just now making its way around the internet. The Chicago teen was gunned down after being struck by at least nine bullets on April 11. Given her lifestyle, some would say that her fate was sealed. Since age 14, the […]

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Conversations We Are Not Having: Migrant Mythologies

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:46 pm April 29, 2014   By: William Darity I frequently hear the following canard used to support the claim that black Americans are their own worst enemy: Other ethnic groups come to America and within one or two generations have climbed solidly into the American middle class – and they do it on […]

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Statement Game

By Summer M. 9:00 am April 28, 2014 This weekend, casual sports fans and those who aren’t fans at all received the rather old news that LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a racist. A recording of an argument that apparently occurred between Sterling and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who is Mexican and Black, popped […]

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The Thottie: The Continued Disrespect of Women of Color


By santee 1:33 pm April 25, 2014 When I first heard the term ‘thot’ of course my reaction was ‘what the hell did you say?’ Then I became aware that it means either ‘that hoe out there’ or ‘that hoe over there’ as a simple and general euphemism for calling out a promiscuous woman or […]

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Caught up in All That Ivy

By Summer M. 1:24 pm April 25, 2014 It’s acceptance letter season. If you or someone you know are applying to college and didn’t go the Early Admission route, you very well may have gotten or shall received a fat packet or several with all that college “stuff.” It’s a fun and exciting time in […]

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What is the New Black: Fashion Statement or Something Else?

By Rae Kae @nanking_ 1:20 pm April 25, 2014   I said I wasn’t going to write about this. I hung up it up, closed the door and walked away. Yet thanks to a friend, I had to write it since she said if I didn’t she would. Call it a writer’s ego but here […]

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You Are Your Hair


By Amari Rene @AmErican_Poet 10:49 am April 24, 2014 I have been reading several articles recently about black and mixed heritage women being discriminated against because of their hair.  Aside from the military’s new hair regulations, which are absurd, many of the stories are coming from school aged children being harassed in school for their […]

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How to Succeed in Hip-Hop Without Selling Your Soul


By jasiri x 8:26 am April 24, 2014 Jasiri X performing at Mr. Smalls Theater in Pittsburgh, PA (Photo by Da Button Pusha)  I can’t front, I’ve had an incredible year so far. From traveling to Palestine, to relaunching the 1Hood Media Academy, we even went on vacation for the first time in 8 years! […]

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