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10 Most Hated Words, Names, & Idioms: Post Zimmerman Trial

“WE THE JURY FIND GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, NOT GUILTY” As you watch CNN & HLN for post verdict dialogue do you cringe when the re-play of the verdict is televised? Are you finding yourself emotionally wrecked, not really knowing how to express your thoughts? For me, I can taste the animosity at the tip of my tongue. […]

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Beyond Electoral Politics: A 21st Century Poor People’s Campaign

“We will lead waves of the nation’s poor and disinherited to Washington, D.C. next spring to demand redress of their grievances by the United States government and to secure at least jobs or income for all. We will go there, we will demand to be heard and we will stay until America responds. If this […]

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9 Reasons folks Anticipate RIOTS if Trayvon Martin Verdict is UNJUST

When it comes to JUSTICE in the Black community, the culture is often times robbed of equality. Although our United Nation has come a long way, it’s certainly clear that racism is still alive AND unclear if it will ever vanish. None of us will ever forget the history of a culture set up to […]

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Why Fruitvale Station is a Game Changer for Young Black Men

I was blessed to attend the Oakland premiere of Fruitvale Station and as a person who does most of my work around race and specifically how Black men are portrayed in the mainstream media. This movie is a Game Changer! If the jury of the Zimmerman trial saw this film, George Zimmerman would immediately be […]

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Doing For Each Other What America Won’t Do For Us

America has no idea what to do with all of itself, so we have to figure it out for each other. I must confess, the events of the past few weeks have left me feeling speechless, overwhelmed, and divided within myself. From the Zimmerman trial, the gutting of the VRA, and the bittersweet advances for […]

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Black People Can Handle It: Empathy and Educational Inequity

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A lack of empathy perpetuates racial disparities…. At least, that is what Slate writer, Jason Silverstein, argues. Touching on a plethora of severe identity issues within our “post-racial” society (just kidding, that doesn’t exist), Silverstein demonstrates problematic assumptions on “what it means to be black.” Answers to this question are often infused with essentialist claims […]

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George Zimmerman IS a Creepy Ass Cracker [VIDEO]

George Zimmerman, in a handout image provided by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. I decided to put my thoughts about the Zimmerman trial, the ruling on the Voting Rights Act, and Race in America into a 16 bar verse:

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Let’s Make a Deal

Although LeBron James and the Miami Heat recently repeated as champions of the NBA, there is still plenty of excitement in men’s professional basketball. Today, or last night rather, the free agent frenzy began. Some teams, like the Houston Rockets, will look to add a player that will turn them into title contenders, while others, […]

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DOMA Unconstitutional, Religion, and the Right to Be Equal

This week the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. To be clear: Do I think this decision will help black youth directly? No. Am I happy as hell that  blatant and intentional bigotry rooted in homophobia, sexism, and religious radicalism is finally legally recognized as wrong in my country? Hell Yes. This is not […]

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Abigail Fisher

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I am so sick of entitled white students from the suburbs that blame affirmative action for their lack of success in college admissions. College admission, especially for very selective schools, is the epitome of an arbitrary process. Either you stand out, or not. Quite simple. While race does play a role in the admission, it’s […]

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