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HLN’s Nancy Grace To Cover The Murders of Tupac and Biggie

 By Rashad J. Smith Nancy Grace is digging into the Hip Hop community this week as she analyzes the deaths of RAP LEGENDS’ Tupac Shakur and Christopher “NOTORIOUS B.I.G.” Wallace.  Viewers are amped to tune in to Nancy Grace Mysteries, this Friday, August 23rd at 8 PM. The HLN commentator will be connecting the dots […]

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Young People of Color Lead the Fight For 15

 Young workers from Milwaukee, Chicago, and Kansas City met Thursday and Friday in Detroit to plan future actions   Low-wage workers from eight cities that staged walkouts earlier this year are calling for a national day of strikes on Aug. 29th as part of a campaign lead mostly by young people of color called, Fight […]

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Today in Post-Race History: The Harriet Tubman Sextape

So, (Russell) Simmons’ antics are (Black) Twitter’s latest causality, I guess. In what seems to have become a weekly tradition on these internet streets, folks took to social media to call out, chastise, and blast Simmons into what they believed was proper action after his All Def Digital released a YouTube video that was unfortunate […]

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The Power That Youth Hold: A Toolkit and the March on Washington

I am encouraged by the vigor and fresh activism of my generation (Read: BYP100 and Dream Defenders). It causes me to see a light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel. However, if there is in fact a light at the end of the tunnel, are we prepared to run? Do […]

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Endangering Black Lives While Claiming to Save Them

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly (Photo by HAGEN FOR NEWS) Can somebody tell Mayor Bloomberg that Black and Brown people don’t need another, “White Savior“? Bloomberg wants us to believe his racist Stop and Frisk policy, that was just smacked down by a Federal Judge, is for the benefit and […]

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Black August

Black August, the movement that honors the radical resistance, resilience, and collective action of Afrikan peoples of the Diaspora. From the Haitian Revolution, to Underground Railrooad, to the March on Washington, to the Watts uprisings, people of color have been resisting colonization for centuries.

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Cops Gone Wild: When Policing Goes Horribly Wrong

 From “Stop and Frisk” to the militarization of police departments across the country, more and more stories of police abuses are coming to light. Yesterday a 14 year old was killed by rookie NYPD officers and a few days prior in Cook County, a 95 year old WW2 vet was killed by Park Forest police officers […]

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Robin & Blues

Dear Robin #Thicke, Let me begin by congratulating you for having the song of the summer. “Blurred Lines.” Despite the many problems with the lyrics and accompanying video, “Blurred Lines” is a bona fide (Hello, Jon B.) hit. It’s catchy, it exhibits deft use of a sample and your falsetto. It’s being used to sell […]

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5 Books Every ‘Black Shamer’ Should Read

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There is a growing group of misinformed, conservative black public figures that are increasingly demonizing and blaming black youth for systemic issues facing the Black community. Invoking an empty “politics of personal responsibility” rhetoric, these black public figures essentially say: “ I made it, and so can you!” Most recently, CNN news anchor Don Lemon […]

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What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black: Don Lemon, the Politics of Image, and the Stench of Respectability

“What shall I tell my children who are black, of what it means to be a captive in this dark skin? What shall I tell my dear one, fruit of my womb, of how beautiful they are when everywhere they turn they are faced with abhorrence of everything that is black. The night is black and so is the boogyman. Villains […]

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