18 Apr, 2024

Soft Serve Racism & The Cowardice of the Hood Prank

Twitter leads you to terrible things. Some of the most racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic thoughts find themselves in its ethereal pool of consciousness. Still, I found myself taken aback by one in particular. This video known as Nerd Raps In The Hood. The reason why it even caught my eye is due to the […]

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Are We Witnessing The Return of Black-ish TV?

From the 1960s to around 2006, when The WB and UPN network merged, finding Black majority shows, on network TV, wasn’t that hard. Nor finding diverse depictions of Black people. You could find Black people living upper crust lives on The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Girlfriends; Middle Class […]

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This is our Home: Ferguson and America

On Saturday, August 9th, Michael Brown was murdered in cold blood by the police in his town of Ferguson, MO. This is what happened. Whether you believe that he stole something or that he tried to wrestle a cop for his gun or whether you believe actual facts; the truth remains that at some point he stopped […]

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234: What Does it Take to be #1?

If it didn’t happen to African girls, would it be the world’s biggest story? Two-hundred and thirty four teenage girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in the northeastern town of Chibok, Nigeria. Gunmen from the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram raided the secondary school the night of April 14th, packing the students […]

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African Americans and the Labor Movement

The Black Labor movement has remained in the shadows of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. The erasure of the labor unions role in civil rights is most apparent when The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Unions is simply referred to as the March on Washington. However, Black membership played an important […]

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The Heist: Macklemore’s Hold on Homosexuality in Hip-Hop

“If I was gay, I would think Hip Hop hates me.” Not quite, Macklemore. People still hate you. Sunday night’s Grammy Awards sparked an uproar as breakthrough rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis’s seven nominations landed them four wins. Taking over the music industry with their 2012 album The Heist, selling over 1.5 million records, […]

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Renisha McBride and the Victimization and Criminalization of Black Women

  Often at times the discourse of black folk is reduced to narratives of Black Men; likewise the discourse of women is reduced to a narrative of white women. In both cases, the voice and experiences of Black Women are left muted and silenced. A combination of racist and sexist historical and social forces render […]

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Do African Americans Have a Culture?

Anonymous asked: Don’t you just hate when people say that african Americans don’t have a culture???…. They attempted to disconnect us from homeland, erase our native tongue, and shun our native religions. They attempted to beat us physically, emotionally and spiritually into submission. But we held on. We held on to our ways of life, […]

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The Top 15 Black TV Shows of All-Time

  The rise and fall of Black TV shows have been a tumultuous one. Beginning in the 1950s with situational comedy Amos ‘n’ Andy, black sitcoms have gotten both their fair share of praises and criticisms. The height of black television was arguably the 90s. Many stations featured shows with all African American casts and […]

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