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Jonathan L.

…I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am a nameless faceless generation rising up from the depths of “teenage complacency.” I am the rich man sipping his wine on a summer afternoon in the Bahamas, and I also am the poor homeless women that gets passed by millions of people each year who don’t want to know that she exist. I am all the mistakes from the past, the franticness of the present, and the beauty of potential in the future. I am intelligence wrapped up into a cocoon of stupidness. I am stupidness surrounded by an uncountable amount of peers with more wisdom than this world can handle at one time. I am justice when unfairness is the only thing available, I am unfair. I am contradiction, hypocrisy, and redundancy. I am what people say I shouldn’t be. I am an agape lover, a helpless romantic, a passionate leader. I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am Jonathan Lykes…

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A Poem For My Brother: Felonies and Jail Cells

Brother. I wish I had known. When we were little black boys. Putting posters of blue dodge vipers and red Michael Jordan Jerseys on white walls of apartment rooms that we shared throughout our childhood. Back when Pokémon cards were stolen in after school programs. Back when Mom’s smile was still bright enough to make […]

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Marginalization of Black Youth is a Manifestation of Capitalism

Many try to understand the political landscape of an ever changing and perpetually evolving globalized world. In this process of understanding how and why people of color are systemically entrenched in poverty, it becomes crucial to comprehend the context in which policy formulation takes place. A class-based approach to the political process is needed to […]

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Discovering Audre Lorde: Why My Anger is Necessary

“Anger is a grief of distortions between peers, and its object is change…I cannot hide my anger to spare your guilt, nor hurt feelings, nor answering anger; for to do so insults and trivializes all our efforts. Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own action or lack of […]

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Maintaining Social Control: When Police React to Black Youth Fighting Back

This isn’t the first time. This will not be the last. When people of color Speak out, stand up, fight back, Their uproar is often. Repressed. By police and the institution Who use their authority to silence Voices. Which are screaming for a justification. Screaming for Justice.

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LGBTQ Class at Morehouse?

This is not a blog to “put down” Morehouse (we have enough of those on the Internet). However, few would deny that the discourse of Morehouse and the LGBTQ community is often a controversial one in the Black community. In fact, it is not a secret that many black institutions have a rather sad history […]

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Who Will Cry for Black Boys in a Pseudo-Post-Racial Society? (Revisiting Antwone Fisher)

“Who will cry for the little boy, the boy inside a man / Who will cry for the little boy, who knew well, hurt and pain / Who will cry for the little boy, who died and died again / Who will cry for the little boy, a good boy he tried to be / […]

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Original Poetry: Why More Guns Will Result in More Black Youth Dying

Guns don’t feel. With no rhyme or reasons or intent Guns– Kill. Habitually. Without asking names or stories. Guns Hate. Regardless of color, age, nationality or background. Guns sin. Blindly. With eyes closed.

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How Will Teacher Trust Impact Black Youth in the New Year?

As I think of resolutions for the New Year, I am often brought back to the one thing that can make the lives of black youth better: a decent education. I have been lucky enough to be placed in positions to allow me to contextualize my own history and educational trajectory, and ultimately have been […]

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The Pope, Lingering Intolerance & Some Books I Wish He Would Read

The Catholic Church lead by Pope Benedict XVI continues to spew out homophobic teachings as he (a man disconnected by at least 5 generations) called me “unnatural.” As the Pope ironically celebrated his pagan holiday by lighting a Christmas tree, he also used the stage as an opportunity to tell women what they could and […]

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When Does Size Matter? When HIV/AIDS Rates Keep Rising, and Black Youth Keep Dying

A new study put out by Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training, introduces an idea that if men have large sexual organs, then they are less likely to wear condoms, and subsequently more likely to catch HIV/AIDS. In westernized and American pop-culture, there is music, movies, and radio references that allude to […]

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