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No Need to Slutshame

    I am a pretty open person, someone that usually has a live and let live attitude, unless my civil liberties are being threatened. So I’m not really understanding all the hate on women and their personal use of their bodies. The most recent example of slut-shaming being Rihanna’s choice of a sheer dress […]

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Letter to Maya Angelou

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Dear Maya, It is difficult for me to automatically speak on a subject that is very near and dear to my heart, but I would have remiss if I did not speak about my Maya Angelou.  I needed time to process your passing and get pass my initial feelings of shock, so here is my […]

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HIV is Not A Crime

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By: Aron Cobbs, BYP100 New York Chapter I’m incredibly humbled, proud and inspired to be in Iowa. The state recently became THE FIRST in our country to reform its draconian HIV criminalization laws during the first national “HIV Is Not A Crime” Conference at Grinnell College this week. I hope and trust that other states will follow […]

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These Chicks Ain’t Loyal: When Cynicism Goes Wrong

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So I was listening to Chris Brown’s song ‘Loyal’ and you know what, it’s the grossest display of romantic dysfunction I’ve come across in a while. It is well known Rap, Hip Hop, and R&B deal with cheating, trust, respect for your partner, and a host of other issues. Indeed these are universal themes in […]

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Science or Science Fiction? Theories Say All Humans Were Once White

What caught my attention recently is an article published in the National Geographic regarding studies of pigmentation in humans. Professor of cell biology at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, Mel Greaves reviewed studies of cancer in Albino Africans. Considering the lack of melanin and the high risk of damage by the sun because […]

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From Local to National Activism: 30 Black Men Consulting the White House

I was honored to be a part of a national delegation of 30 black Public Ally Alumni professionals working on a Public Allies and Open Society Foundation project to advance black male achievement (BMA) for opportunity youth (ages 18-24) in conjunction with The White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative from May 6-8, 2014.  To be […]

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Yes America, You Still Have a Race Problem

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Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell were killed when Cleveland Police Officers fired 137 bullets into their car. Both were unarmed.  I’m just returning from 2 powerful conferences that dealt with the issues of race and privilege in America. The first was NCORE (The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity) which provided a opportunity to talk […]

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Why you shouldn’t make fun of Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” exhibit

You know, I tried VERY hard to ignore the blatant ignorance that has been making its rounds around the interwebs regarding the legendary Kara Walker’s,  “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby.” The exhibit takes an in-depth look at modern-day slavery in the early 20th century, particularly child labor and the affects of it on the […]

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Hush Money

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 for the Clippers, I suppose, is some, weird, […]

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Questions to a Killer

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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 listen in this casket the aftermath” I hear this […]

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