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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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“Legitimate Rape”, Rape Culture that Kills, and When Are Men Finally Going To Acknowledge What Women Are Forced to Think About Everyday

Honestly, I have wanted to speak on Rape Culture for a while, but I have remained hesitant for a long time, quite simply because I am a man. The privilege of being a man and talking about such a sensitive subject, from a position of power is one that I, even now, am not entirely […]

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E.E. Likhaya Lam: What Happens When You Build a Home and Safe Space for Black Youth

E.E. Likhaya Lam means equal education is our home in Xhosa. This is now the title of a the CD I was able to record with 15 high school youth about how they came to join a movement, and sing to tell about it. Every time I hear the voices of these 15 young people […]

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A Project for Peace

Peace is being able to have food everyday that settles aching stomachs. Peace is having access to healthcare. Peace is making sure income inequality levels is not as drastic as the lack of sanitation facilities available in Khayelitsha, Guguletu, Nyanga, and many other townships that still struggle for basic services that impact the quality of […]

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Obama’s Speech: To Be or Not to Be [Hopeful]

Four years ago I got a phone call from the Obama Campaign in Cleveland, Ohio that requested me to “join the campaign.” I was more than happy to oblige, as the 2008 race for president seemed as if it would revolutionize our world. The pure hope felt in my 18-year-old mind at the inception of […]

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New Media and the Importance of Changing Power Dynamics

The power of new media never ceases to amaze me. The simple yet dynamic idea of creating a video for millions to view in the span of a week, is something that changes how we live our lives, react to world crisis, view politics, and engage with anyone who is traditionally beyond our reach. I […]

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Music is an Instrument for Movements

Music is an instrument for movements. It is an apparatus strategically utilized by those who fight in the name of the struggle. It is a means to an end that places final solutions in the context of what is only a hope of achieving genuine equality. Music is voice, and voices, and collectives who speak […]

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They Say This Subject is Getting Old

They say this subject is getting old. I love it when they ask to touch my hair, they say, it feels like a sheep or wool… Or when a man lustfully locks his eyes on a females thighs and says, girl you just to cute to be a dike, or when they say, come here, […]

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Social Exclusion and The Criminalization of the Poor

I was in lower parel, the first time I saw a policeman harassing a family who was homeless. This was the first time I felt the familiarity of invisible walls built up in the center of a city that stretched just as far as the wallets of those willing to pay just enough to not […]

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I Was Born with a Pocket Filled with Stones: When Anger is Justified from the Truly Disadvantaged

There is no sound more ironic than the opening a coke can moments before entering into a slum. A conglomerate of carbonation crushing towards the corners of cups that flow-eth over with milk, honey, and the justified envious tensions between those who have and those who have not. I picked up my privilege, and let […]

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What it Meant to Live in a Chicago Project and the Neo-Projects of India

They build in the name of development. An inanimate concept that creates debts between those living in the first world countries and those dying in third and developing constructs, even when privilege stares into the eyes of poverty, the rich would still displace millions just to construct. The Irony is that in the name of […]

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