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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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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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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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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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