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Tell the City of Pittsburgh to Let Leon Ford Live

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Leon Ford at Community Awareness Day (Photo by Haute Muslim) On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was pulled over by the Pittsburgh police. He promptly gave them his drivers license and registration, which confirmed who he was and his ownership of the vehicle he was driving. The police officers then decided, despite Leon giving them his […]

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Spotting Bigotry On Spotify: How One Playlist Description Promotes And Perpetuates Racism

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Recently I received a Snapchat from my friend Taylor of a Spotify playlist. Normally I wouldn’t have given it much thought, but the description of the playlist made me furious. Both Taylor and I were equally annoyed at the way a Hip-Hop playlist was being marketed to solicit listeners. The racist undertones behind the playlist […]

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The Legacy of August Wilson and the Importance of Preserving Spaces for Black Culture

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Jasiri X outside the now closed August Wilson Center in 2010 at the First Voice Festival (photo by Haute Muslim)  In the above video I spoke about the importance of the legacy of August Wilson and the necessity of supporting a African-American cultural institution. Today marks the 5th anniversary of the opening of the $40 […]

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Allowance

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With the recent request from Nicki Minaj to speak at her Alma mater being denied I found it appropriate, but then the decision made me think why? Thinking about why, lead to me questioning the whole Hip-Hop musical landscape. Why do we make certain allowances for certain artists when others would be vilified?

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In memory of four little girls

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On this day fifty-one years ago, the world lost four promising little girls due to pure, unadulterated hatred. A bomb exploded some time before Sunday morning services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Unfortunately such acts were commonplace given the blatant racism faced by African-Americans throughout the country, but especially in the deep […]

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The Path and Means to Police Accountability

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A lot of my pieces often deal with creating more understanding for the ‘other side’ of things. In previous pieces I have called for more empathy and understanding concerning young black males, police officers, and even murderers like Theodore Wafer. I do these pieces because empathy is my own personal ethic, I believe it has […]

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The Purge

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By: Tiara Phalon “If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do?

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#YesAllBlackWomen Are Janay Rice

By: Samantha Master Trigger Warning: violence against women; misogyny One of my earliest and most vivid memories was at five or six years old. My mother and I went to a local Hampton Inn after one of my step-father’s drunken rages left her black-eyed and busted-lipped. At the check-in counter of the hotel, my mother […]

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Crime and Punishment

Yesterday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens finally decided to terminate running back Ray Rice’s contract after new video emerged of him assaulting his then-girlfriend (now wife), Janay Palmer, in a casino elevator. The decision, though necessary, was probably a result of peer pressure and needing better PR around this story. After all, the Ravens’ Twitter feed […]

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Undercover Colors: Date Rape Detection Fingernail Polish

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Some gruesome statistics about rape culture in America, is that a woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes. Further, 1 in every 4 college women have been sexually assaulted, 60% of rapes are never reported and 97% of rapist never go to jail for their crimes.  The statics are very alarming  and raises the question […]

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