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Cornell West Calls Obama a “Rockefeller Republican in Blackface;” says Harris-Perry, Sharpton and Dyson are ‘For Sale’

Dr. Cornell West and Tavis Smiley recently sat down for an interview with Democracy Now.

And Dr. West pulled no punches.

Regarding President Obama, West asserted that he is anything but a progressive, instead calling him a “A Rockefeller Republican in Blackface.”

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The Voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo Accused of Sexual Relationship w/ Underaged Boy

Despite Mitt Romney’s defeat, there is still trouble on Sesame Street.

The man who voices Elmo, the children’s program’s most popular character, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage male:

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Eyeing Plea Deal That Includes Resignation and Jail Time

Embattled US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is rumored to be eyeing a plea deal with the Feds that includes resignation from Congress and jail time.

All of this has come to light after he was re-elected last week.

Jackson Jr. has been under investigation for improper use of campaign contributions.

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Postscript: Election 2012

Before I return to my usual schtick of hating on celebrities I’ll never meet, I’d like to say a brief word about last week’s presidential election. I know. I should leave well enough alone. It is, in fact, all over. After all, most of us are recovering–or experiencing withdrawal–from a presidential campaign high that lasted way too long and at some point became the cultural equivalent of a six-year-old’s stomach after two chili dogs and a stint in a bouncey house. Even those of use who had decided to “Just Say No” were affected. 

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Should Students Face Punishment for Offensive Online Behavior?

Although Twitter was full of celebratory messages during election night, it also was a place for others to spew hate speech.

Many of the people making racist statements on the social media site were teenagers.

Jezebel.com not only logged some of the tweets, but investigated about the whether or not these teenagers were facing any consequences for their words:

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NEW BYP MEMO: The Political Impact of Young People of Color in the 2012 Election

Today, the Black Youth Project releases its latest memo: The Political Impact of Young People of Color in the 2012 Election.”

This new analysis shows that youth again increased their presence at the voting booth, and this increase was driven largely by high levels of turnout among young Blacks and Latinos.

Young people of color played an especially important role in President Obama’s re-election. Young Blacks and Latinos supported Obama at rates similar to 2008, while support for Obama among white youth dropped by ten percentage points.

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Advisor: Romney Was ‘Shellshocked” After Loss

Perhaps nothing helps a post-election hangover better than lapping up all of the tea being spilled from the losing side.

News of the fallout from the Romney campaign continues.

Although there’s no word about how Romney staff members whose credit cards were canceled got home Tuesday night, there is news about their boss’ response to the loss:

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A New America in the Age of Two Term Obama(?), Lorraine Hansberry and the Social Meaning of Race

So this past week we all voted and made the decision to re-elect Barack Obama. (Woot-Woot!) However, now that he is re-elected I am lead to think about two things. The first: how will those of us who care about the issues of the poor put pressure on the president to make it a priority on his agenda? (Read Accountability) The second: how will we continue to understand race in the age where a Black president is elected into office (twice)? When many begin to decipher the social meaning of race in the United States they feel as though they must delve into theory, ideology, and praxis. However, to  examine race I need not go any further than my own experience as a racialized body in this world. While some may not have been forced to think about the social, political, economic, or cultural meaning of race, I—on the contrary—had no choice.  That is to say, I am a Black man. And even though those words seem so simply written into this blog, that reality becomes a lens unto how I see the world and how the world inevitably sees me. This is a lens that still makes me nervous to pass a white person on my university campus at night, because they far too often are afraid. A reality and lens that makes me code switch into a particular vernaculars when I’m mentoring black youth in inner city Chicago versus interning downtown at a foundation. This is a lens and reality that has made me hyper-conscious about how I live my life. This includes thinking (daily) about how I wear my hair, how I dress or present my self in any public forum, and how I interact with my classmates, colleagues, professors, ect. As we all know from this last presidential race, Barack Obama has some of the same tensions with how engages with the world.

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VIDEO: President Obama Tears Up While Thanking Campaign Staff

A very moving video of President Obama thanking his campaign staff and volunteers for their incredible work on his behalf is quickly going viral.

The President becomes emotional – even shedding a few tears- as he heaps praise and gratitude on his team.

He explains, “it’s not that you remind me of myself, it’s that you’re so much better.”

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CA Voters Approve Ballot Measure Reforming ‘Three Strikes’ Law

California voters approved a ballot measure that would amend the state’s highly controversial Three Strikes law.

Previously, an individual could be given a life sentence for their third felony conviction, regardless of its severity.

The measure now requires that the third offense be something of a serious and/or violent nature.

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