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Hush Money

By Summer M. 8:24 am June 2, 2014 Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has more or less purchased the Los Angeles Clippers from the embattled Sterling family for $2 billion. That’s right $2 billion. American dollars. Here’s some context: Ballmer outbid competitors Oprah and co. by $4 million. Ballmer is “worth” $20 billion, so paying […]

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Questions to a Killer


By Amari Rene @AmErican_Poet 10:21 am May 30, 2014 I keep hearing these lyrics from Tupac’s Me Against the World playing in my head, “Cant reach the children cause they illing, addicted to killing and the appeal of the cap peeling without feeling, when will they last or be blasted, hard headed bastard, maybe you […]

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She Will Rise Forever

By Ekundayo Igeleke 10:18 am May 29, 2014 A moment of silence for our elder Maya Angelou as she transitions into the cosmos and protects us as our ancestor…. I was first introduced to Maya Angelou in college (my high school cared nothing for multiculturalism and an inclusive education) when I took an African American […]

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Is Our History Becoming History? African Statues Altered to Change Ethnicity

By Rae Kae @nanking_ 2:05 pm May 22, 2014 May 19th, 2014 would have been Malcom X’s 89th birthday. I went to Youtube to listen to some of his famous speeches and interviews. One speech in particular, he asked quite a few questions that would make one search deep within for the lack of self-love […]

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Who Raised You?


By Amari Rene @AmErican_Poet 1:52 pm May 22, 2014 I remember when I was kid, there were certain things that we COULD NOT do not around adults.  For starters, if an adult was talking to another adult, talking on the phone, or simply talking then we knew not to interrupt.  We had to wait until […]

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On making America whole: the case for reparations

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:03 pm May 22, 2014 The following post originally appeared in The Atlantic, and was written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Its originally title is “The Case for Reparations.” By: […]

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Quantifying hope for black males

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:45 am May 22, 2014 The following post was written by Shawn Dove. It originally appeared on Open Society Foundations, under the title, “How Do You Quantify Hope for Black Men and Boys?” By: Shawn Dove How do you quantify hope? I’ve been asking myself this question recently in my role leading […]

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Taking One for the Team

By Summer M. 12:45 pm May 19, 2014 Last week it was reported that Michael Sam, the 7th round NFL draft pick of the St. Louis Rams and the first openly gay player to be drafted, would be filming a reality series set to air on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. There was a bit of […]

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Why the Michael Jackson hologram is disrespectful

By Shantell @shantell_em 10:02 am May 19, 2014 Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, has always been near and dear to my heart. I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember, with my Aunty Lo-Lo blasting “Billie Jean,” “Remember the Time” and every other hit he made at least twice a week […]

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Racism: A Constantly Moving Target

racism, never clearly defined

By santee 3:54 pm May 16, 2014 I hadn’t planned on this but I suppose this is a follow up to my previous article on the national race conversation we aren’t having and how much work needs to be done to set up a communicative framework before we even focus on having THE conversation. As […]

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