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One Year Later: Trayvon and the Value of Black Life

On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17 and unarmed, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. After ignoring an order from the police department, George Zimmerman profiled, followed, confronted and murdered Trayvon. The Sanford police department and Police Chief Bill Lee, then proceeded to allow George Zimmerman to go home, a free man, with his […]

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Sweet Brown Addresses Black Exploitation

Black Exploitation or Black Expression?  Her claim to fame came unexpected, as she was simply being Sweet Brown on a news interview talking about a fire affecting her bronchitis and preventing her form getting that cold pop.Since her news appearance in 2012, Sweet Brown has captivated Hollywood from the likes of Comedy Central’s Tosh. O […]

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Another Killer Cop Goes Free

NYPD Detective Hassan Hamdy, who shot and killed unarmed National Guardsman Noel Palonco (Photo by Victor Alcom) Remember last week when the world was riveted by the exploits of ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner? Many felt that the support of Dorner’s quest to expose the corruption and racism in the LAPD was unwarranted because he killed innocent people. One author […]

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If We Must Die: A Playlist

Last week just before President Obama presented his fourth State of the Union address, authorities in California set fire to the cabin they believed Christopher Dorner had barricaded himself in. Dorner had avoided the LAPD for several days, using his military and police training to kill members or associates of LAPD or the county sheriff’s […]

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Jesus Christ: The Greatest Community Organizer Of All Time

Today I would like to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart: community organizing. My entire life I’ve fought for justice  by helping groups galvanize support for their respective agendas. I’ve done both online and offline organizing, and even spent 9 months organizing for President Obama in Florida this past election cycle. […]

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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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The Black Family Reunion: CIAA, Charlotte, NC

By Rashad Smith The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) annual competition is popular for the extravagant parties both day and night; fashion shows, networking events, community and family events, celebrity appearances, Greek step show, a queen’s competition, and the actual athletic competitions (debatable). The hosting city is always filled with colorful faces and requires Presidential Faces for access. […]

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“Bad” Kids Don’t Deserve to Die Either

After much clamor and many entreaties, finally President Obama has decided to come to Chicago to address the rampant gun violence plaguing communities of color. Perhaps in a newfound fervor stemming from the security of a second term, Obama seems to have become more intentional and aggressive about addressing the issues that have a greater […]

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Who is Speaking for Young Black Men?

One Hood Media Academy Student, William Gandy (pictured above) has begun producing a series of incredible Vlogs about his experience at the One Hood Media Academy. This vlog was not an assignment, but is a perfect example of what can happen when creativity meets opportunity and ability. Listen first hand to how inspired our youth become […]

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Mr. Obama Comes Back from Washington

As this blog’s resident skeptic, it’s difficult not to conjecture aloud about what decisions were made after the FLOTUS and company attended Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral. Who knows if any of them came back with a “Barack, it’s bad. You can’t keep ignoring them” so compelling that the POTUS actually stopped reading this month’s Ebony and paid attention. […]

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