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The Gospel According to Chance The Rapper

Chancellor Bennett is a rapper, activist, community leader, all around nice guy, and possibly, pastor.  Maybe you didn’t know the name last year. But now? Chance The Rapper stars in a Kit Kat commercial, performed on Saturday Night Live, recently had dinner at the White House, and even has the Grammy’s reconsidering their rules to include the free music he puts out. Like Chance raps…

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RECEIPTS: The FBI, often unethically and illegally, interferes with Black Equality movements

Earlier this week two Black American citizens were murdered by United States armed police forces. Their names are Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It felt like countless other incidents where police killed a Black woman, man, or child with no regard. And yet it felt different. Videos of their murders began to circulate widely. The news looped videos of Black death with…

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Jesse Williams delivered a 2016 Letter From Birmingham Jail. You need to hear it. Now.

At last night’s BET Awards, Jesse Williams received the Humanitarian Award and gave what is sure to become known as one of the best acceptance speeches of all time.  Before he was even done, requests for the transcript rang out on Twitter. And now? Everyone is reporting and analyzing the speech. Billboard. Entertainment Weekly. Global Grind. Huffington Post. Vh1. Everyone.…

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On Lemonade, #BlackGirlMagic, and Love

It’s important that I preface this with the fact that I’m not a Beyoncé stan. I’m new here. The Beyhive has graciously welcomed me and the snacks are phenomenal. That being said, Beyoncé bestowed upon us an amazing gift when she released Lemonade. Her greatest work yet, Lemonade is an at-times uncomfortably raw and authentic look into pain and paranoia. It is…

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The Day @KanyeWest Let Me Down

I have the honor of not only being both Black and a woman, but a certified, fervent fan of all things Kanye West. The man, the rapper, the icon. I fell in love with Yeezy at 14. He was brash, unapologetically ignorant, and was floating in that weird space where you believe in yourself but you desperately want everyone else…

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The Secret Life of Savage Black Women

Rihanna’s latest album ANTI is everything I didn’t know I needed in life. On first listen, one song in particular, “Needed Me” captured my attention and has refused to let go. It’s timely, really. Lately I’ve been wondering what would happen if people knew how savage women really were. I don’t mean cunning and conniving – although we’ve also mastered…

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That Time Howard University Called the Cops on Me

Today, August 14th, 2015 around 2pm I went to Howard University’s Financial Aid Office to get an account balance error fixed so that I could register for my fourth year of classes in my PhD program. The task of cleaning my account should be simple enough. It happens a lot at Howard (and probably other places but I can only…

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The Big Question

When I think about the purpose of life, I can spiral into an existential crisis very easily. After all, the very genesis of human existence is impossible to fully comprehend. The galaxy we inhabit is but a speck in the universe. And it takes a certain level of arrogance to wake up every day as though you are going to have…

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Merry Christmas & Black Lives Still Matter

#BlackLivesMatter #ICantBreathe These have been the rallying cries from Black America for the past few months. I Can’t Breathe, became a well known phrase more recently after the Eric Garner non-indictment. In a more just world, chants like these would sound as silly as #TheSkyIsBlue and #WaterIsWet. But sadly, we have to affirm loudly and proudly that #BlackLivesMatter. But what does the…

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I Went to Ferguson. Now What?

I opened this document planning to recount my experience in Ferguson.  And every time I look at this blank page I’m unable to write anything down.  I’m a writer. I take complex ideas and make them (hopefully) easy to understand.  I write professionally. I write academically. I’ve written for blogs, journals, classes, personal life, etc. And yet this has been the ultimate…

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Ferguson Part 2: The Bus Trip

Here is part 2 of my thoughts surrounding the murder of Michael Brown. Not everything covered in this series is clearly related to Michael Brown but all the thoughts and events in this series came as a result of that incident. Part 1 can be found here. This is the part most people want to know about – how the bus…

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Racist Racists and the Racists who Racist: Donald Sterling and the Clippers

Where to begin? As you all probably know by now, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling [1] was allegedly recorded making a bunch of prejudicial remarks about Black people. He discouraged his girlfriend from bringing Black people to games, taking pictures with them, and overall letting it be known that she has a great relationship with the Blacks. This, surprisingly, upset people. This, also surprisingly,…

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Trayvon and My Birthday

I was initially pretty nonchalant about this particular birthday. 23 isn’t one of the “big” years. I didn’t plan a big turn up. I planned to just hang out with my LS, do a shot at midnight, change my facebook profile picture to one of Jordan, the usual. Then the Zimmerman verdict came in around 10:30pm I think it was.…

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Them Niggas Ain’t Dyin For You

Originally posted June 4, 2012 …and that’s sad because clearly there aren’t enough Black people dying in America. Don’t be alarmed. The title of this post is just a lyric from Pusha T’s newest diss record aimed at Young Money. A quick background because you can get the super fun details elsewhere, Pusha T (one half of the rap duo…

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Skittles and Tea: Weapons of Mass Destruction

“Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, “Wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see…

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Huxtable Ramblings: Graduation

I’m not a big fan of personal posts but I felt like blogging. So here’s one of those. As a Senior in college, I’m extremely introspective about my experience over the course of these four years. What memories did I make? What did I set out to do? Did I accomplish that? Did I leave a lasting impact on this campus?…

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