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Summer M.

My first name is ironic.

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Tuffness

This bears repeating: Black women are awesome. In a few weeks–actually, in a few days–if you asked someone who Antoinette Tuff is, there is a chance that the response will be, “The lone woman MC named in Kendrick Lamar’s verse,” or something else equally silly and clueless. Even though we will, we shouldn’t forget Antoinette Tuff’s […]

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Today in Post-Race History: The Harriet Tubman Sextape

So, (Russell) Simmons’ antics are (Black) Twitter’s latest causality, I guess. In what seems to have become a weekly tradition on these internet streets, folks took to social media to call out, chastise, and blast Simmons into what they believed was proper action after his All Def Digital released a YouTube video that was unfortunate […]

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Robin & Blues

Dear Robin #Thicke, Let me begin by congratulating you for having the song of the summer. “Blurred Lines.” Despite the many problems with the lyrics and accompanying video, “Blurred Lines” is a bona fide (Hello, Jon B.) hit. It’s catchy, it exhibits deft use of a sample and your falsetto. It’s being used to sell […]

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Ja Rule of Thumb

One of my favorite Dave Chappelle bits, and trust me, there are many, is his Ja Rule joke, wherein he hysterically describes how our celebrity worship can make us do absurd things sometimes: (NSFW)

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Today in Post-Race History: Bread and Circuses

I try not to say much anymore about the POTUS in this space, but since he stole the spotlight from Bill Cosby by actually speaking about the George Zimmernan verdict, I thought I should make say something very briefly. If you missed it, the POTUS gave a 10-minute or so speech about Trayvon Martin. Working […]

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Today in Post-Race History: Reminders from July 13, 2013

I don’t know what to write. I don’t have the words. I think what a lot of us must be feeling, just days after the Zimmerman acquittal, exists on the very edge of language, or just beyond its grasp. Frustrated, helpless, angry, sad all inadequately describe this country’s latest fuck you to a black boy’s […]

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Let’s Make a Deal

Although LeBron James and the Miami Heat recently repeated as champions of the NBA, there is still plenty of excitement in men’s professional basketball. Today, or last night rather, the free agent frenzy began. Some teams, like the Houston Rockets, will look to add a player that will turn them into title contenders, while others, […]

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Knock-Knock?!

The George Zimmerman trial is being televised, and those who are watching got to watch a bit of, um, standup? Zimmerman’s attorney, Don West, began addressing the jury with…a knock-knock joke: Speaking to the jury during opening statements, West explained, “sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.” He went on to say, “so […]

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Today in Post-Race History: Nah, Bruh

Last week, writer Kiese Laymon published an essay, “You Are the Second Person,” chronicling his experience getting his novel, Long Division (which hit shelves earlier this month), published. Laymon’s thought-provoking, powerful, and inspiring work centered on exchanges between him and his former editor. Laymon’s former editor, described in the piece as a 54-year-old black man, […]

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And Then Came Summer

We are yet again on the precipice of summer, and I suspect, if I searched my posts from this time last year, that I said something similar. I’m sure that I’ve previously mentioned this in some form. – Last week, jury selection for the George Zimmerman trial began. Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon […]

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