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Lenny Lacy: A New Generation’s Strange Fruit

By: Lamont Lilly “The nineteenth century lynch mob cuts off ears, toes and fingers, strips off flesh and distributes portions of the body as souvenirs among the crowd.”  ~Ida B. Wells Lennon Lacy did not hang himself; he was lynched!  He did not commit suicide; he was murdered!  Capturing the correct language is so critical […]

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By: Terrence Chappell I’m starting to suspect that white people and the word nigger are mutually exclusive. Of course I’m joking, but what is it about this term that seems to attract such constant diction among a select few of Anglos? Out of an entire privileged life of yeses and open doors, is it because usage of this […]

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Violence in Chicago extends beyond the kids who die

The following post is from the Chicago Reader. It was written by Steve Bogira. By: Steve Bogira e many Chicagoans, Latoya Winters was stunned by the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams at a sleepover in July. Shamiya and several friends were in the bedroom of a home in West Garfield Park. They were circled […]

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A shocking response to a black artist playing dead by a Philadelphia landmark

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The following post originally appears on Mic. It was written by Eileen Shim. By: Eileen Shim The news: Philadelphia may be the City of Brotherly Love, but as these pictures show, we could all use a little more of that in our lives. Last Saturday, a group of artists decided to stage a silent protest in […]

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Floyd Mayweather’s inability to read is anything but funny

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The following post originally appears on The Root. It was written by Keli Goff. By: Keli Goff For the last several days, rapper 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather have engaged in the favorite pastime of any 21st-century celebrity with a Twitter account and an ego: feuding. While in the old days you might have […]

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Ferguson schools prep for emotional first day back

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The following post originally appeared in the New York Times. It was written by Motoko Rich and Mosi Secret. By: Motoko Rich and Mosi Secret As schools in and around Ferguson, Mo., prepared to open, Tom Lawson, chairman of the social studies department of McCluer High School, planned to ask his students some very basic […]

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Where’s the outrage for this 9-year-old’s execution?

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The following post originated from the Chicago Tribune. It was written by John Kass. While this is a controversial subject, it is worth debating in the black community.  By: John Kass Antonio Smith, 9 years old, was assassinated the other day. He was Chicago’s youngest fatal shooting victim this year. He was shot at least four times […]

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What parents tell their black sons about the police

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The following post originally appears on Gawker. It was written by Jazmine Hughes. By: Jazmine Hughes A Tumblr quote floated over to me about around the time of Trayvon Martin’s murder, from a Jonathan Lethem book that I’ve never read (The Fortress of Solitude). At this point, I don’t really need to read it, because it’s […]

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Transgender woman wins right to be herself

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The following feature originally appears on the Windy City Times. It was written by Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer. By: Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer According to the most recent numbers, one in six transgender individuals report having been imprisoned at some point in their lives. The history of horrific abuses they often suffered in jail have been well-documented—trans* women housed […]

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Two leaders, different styles

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The following post was published in the New York Times. It was written by Peter Baker and Matt Apuzzo.  By:  Peter Baker and Matt Apuzzo The two men in open-collar shirts sat facing each other, papers and a BlackBerry strewn on a coffee table, sober looks on both their faces. One leaned forward, gesturing with his […]

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