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3 Gay Black Male Rappers Everyone Should Check Out

Straight black men dominate the rap industry. Surprise! But to what extent does this male-dominated field marginalize other groups from entering into this lucrative industry? While the industry has made some room for empowered, tough black women- Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Angel Haze, to name a few- one group has been marginalized almost entirely: gay black men. Considering the uncontestable fact that the black community and larger society view black sexuality (especially black male sexuality) under a strict, precarious lens, this marginalization should come as no surprise. Nonetheless, regardless of any underlying political views on queerness, I would like to showcase 3 gay black male rappers that everyone should listen to and support because of their refined talent; talent that arguably supersedes that of more popular, straight male rappers.

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Today in Post-Race History: The Case of Richie Incognito

Incognito and MartinWe’ve been following the Miami Dolphins’ bullying case starring a dude whose real name is actually Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin here on the BYP, because sports–and sports stories–are never entirely about sports. I’m repeating myself and others when I say that sports is a microcosm of the culture, and this issue is no exception. For those of you who haven’t been following, know this: a few weeks ago, Jonathan Martin, an offensive lineman for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, abruptly left the team. What we learned in the aftermath is that Martin had been the victim of vicious hazing, even though hazing is generally a team ritual reserved for rookies and Martin is no longer in his first year. This hazing/bullying included over 1100 texts between Martin and Richie Incognito, who has emerged as one of the key players involved in bullying Martin.

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Dolphins owner to meet with Martin in light of bullying incident, address locker room culture

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced his plans to meet with Jonathan Martin on Wednesday. The owner vowed to get to the root of allegations of bullying that led Martin to walk away from the team two weeks ago.

Richie Incognito has been labeled the “ring master” of the taunts, and evidence of Incognito referring to Martin with racial epithets have led to further investigation of claims that younger players footed thousands in expenses for dinners and vacations for veteran players.

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NAACP takes closer look at causes of gun violence in series

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Like many organizations, law officials, community members and family members, the NAACP wants to develop a deeper understanding of gun violence. For the next two weeks national NAACP leaders will do just that.

From health disparities, the educational disadvantages, members of the historic organization will share thoughts on how America arrived at it current state regarding gun violence in urban communities.

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Poll: Majority of America wants to raise minimum wage

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The U.S. government hasn’t raised its minimum wage since 2009. Those earning the minimum make $7.25 hr., an income bracket that is sure to keep them in poverty.

But according to a new Gallup poll, 58% of self-identified republicans would vote to raise the minimum wage to $9 hr.

From Gallup Politics:

“…more than three-quarters of Americans (76%) say they would vote for raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour (it is currently $7.25) in a hypothetical national referendum, a five-percentaged-point increase since March. About one-fifth (22%) would vote against this.”

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Am I My Sister’s Keeper?

In light of the recent homicide of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, the unnerving trend of violence against black females is brought to the forefront. Violence against women, especially minority women is not a new trend in America.

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Apology: Home Depot says sorry for racist tweet

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Home Depot apologized for a racist tweet sent from its Twitter account Thursday. The tweet was part of the company’s “College Gameday” coverage on ESPN.

The tweet featured two African-American drummers with a drummer wearing a gorilla mask in between them with the caption: “Which drummer is not like the others? See more @CollegeGameDay pics at #HDgameday #football”

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New York police make man rap to avoid arrest

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A Brooklyn man says he had two choices when stopped by the NYPD: to rap for the police officers or to go to jail. 

Quinshon Shingles rhymed about alcohol, b**ches and cannabis, and was warned that if his rap wasn’t “hot” enough, he would be arrested.

From New York Post:

“I felt like they were humiliating me,” said Shingles, whose rap name is “Sauce Da Boss,” to The Post on Tuesday. 

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UPDATE: Renisha McBride shot in face, not back of head

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The details surrounding 19-year-old Renisha McBride’s death have been pretty shaky, but an autopsy performed on the slain woman may shed some light into what really happened when she died.

The Detroit native was fatally shot in predominantly white Dearborn Heights in the early hours of Nov. 2. She was presumed to be seeking help after getting into a car wreck near the outskirts of the city.

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Why you should sign the petition demanding reparations for Chicago Police torture survivors

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Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and detectives under his authority engaged in acts of torture, physical abuse and coercion of black men and women from 1972 through 1991. Under Burge’s command, African Americans were electrically shocked on their genitals, lips and ears, suffocated with plastic bags and subjected to mock executions with guns. All in the name of forcing them into false confessions.

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