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Friendships and Mirrors and Birds…oh my.

Growing up, my grandmother always told me to be careful who i let into my circle. Then, i didn’t understand why she was so intent on keeping me away from those “fast-tailed” girls in her neighborhood. The immediate result of my social isolation was that i was teased for being “too stuck up” or thinking […]

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Derrion Albert, Fenger High and the Neighborhood Melee Part 1

http://www.iviewtube.com/videos/89320/16-year-old-derrion-albert-beaten-to-death-in-chicago Derrion Albert’s murder was something like a blood sport event. As you watch in this clip, you can hear the man and woman, the camera crew, filming with their phone.  Starting at 36 seconds, the man says “Let me see that shawty,” to which the female responds presumably as she hands over the phone, […]

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The Ballroom Scene: Family Life

A week before I returned to University of Chicago for my second year of college, I encountered what I like to call “an incident.” My brother, on this particular day followed his normal pattern of entering the basement room of my mother’s house in a drunken state. His drinking problem is one thing, but his […]

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Fighting For Your Health

Ladies and gentlemen I want a clean fight with nothing below the belt. Maybe boxers heed this message but in the world of politics there is no such thing as a clean fight. With the passage of Senator Max Baucus’ health care reform bill in the Senate Finance committee, Democrats are gearing up for a […]

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Today in Post-Race History: Ignoble Nobels

Here’s your daily dose of hate-filled pessimism. Dear Vh1, Guess who’s having the best year ever.  Hope.  That’s right, Hope–a four-letter word I find no reason to use unless it’s accompanied by a “-less.”  Yet, in retrospect, I totally should’ve kept the little bit of Hope stock I had.  Instead, I panicked when the economy […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Week of October 5, 2009 to October 11, 2009

Inner-city L.A. hungers for good grocery stores Daniel B. Wood, The Christian Science Monitor, October 10, 2009 Merit of Stop-Frisk Law at Issue Colleen Long, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 9, 2009 Schools Cited on Discipline of Minority Special-Ed Students Holly Prestidge, Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 9, 2009 Two ways Chicago can curb its youth violence epidemic Amanda […]

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He’s Peaceful? Yep, we’re telling lies, I mean stories Today!

So, I woke up this morning feeling groggy and moody because there was a fire in my apartment complex last night. So, I didn’t sleep well. However, like most mornings, I got up hoping that the world would be a little less racist, a little less sexist, a little less homophobic, and a little less […]

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The Ballroom Scene:The Downside of a Black Gay Subculture

I find that inside the ballroom scene everything revolves around fun. The dancing, the traveling, and the whole the “scene” is geared towards amusement. You meet people from all around the country that share the same life style, and have familiarity with each other’s experiences. However, this lifestyle of fun reminds me of the backbone of […]

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You Think I’m Black?

“What? You think I’m Black.” I’ve heard this response more than I care to remember. What’s worse is that I’ve heard this from Black folks. You’re probably wondering what kinds of Black folks don’t know that they are Black. No I’m not talking about Clarence Thomas. Nor am I talking about fairer skinned Black people. […]

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She’s Gotta Have it: What, Exactly, is “Rape Rape”?

I’m still on IR trying to get this chapter draft to semi-embarrassing level.  (Which, frankly, would be a pleasant surprise to my committee since, you know, I rarely have anything to show them–and when I do it’s some incoherent mess about black people and geography. Yes, I mortify the race with every word I type.) […]

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