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My Open Letter to @NickiMinaj

By Natasha Benjamin Dear Nicki, I remember the days of college, when I spent countless hours studying your lyrics for my senior research. I also remember the intrigue when I told people that I was analyzing the male-domi...
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Kicking Down the Geek Culture Doors in 2014

By Jeffrey L. Wilson As 2013 transitions into 2014, we reflect on the preceding 11 months to analyze the state of the world, of the nation, and of ourselves. Significant events like the Zimmerman verdict will continue to...
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Maganda: My body is not for your discussion

By DJ Kuttin Kandy as i anticipate my journey to my hometown New York City tomorrow… i can’t help but just revel in the excitement. after 2 years of hospitalization, recovery, 3 major heart surgeries/procedures ...
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DAY 2 IN EUROPE—NOTES FROM CARDIFF, WALES

By Kevin Powell Wales is just as I have been told it is: very green and very beautiful, even in the coldness of Winter. I landed here this morning at around 8am, having passed out mightily on the plane ride …
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12 Years a Slave – A Personal Reflection

By Kelley Raleigh There is so much to say about Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”. Powerful, beautiful, gut-wrenching, shocking. I did not know that free men in the North were taken and sold into slavery in the South. H...
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Indivisible Man

By Cheo Tyehimba Taylor In 2010, when I set out to launch a national storytelling project that would employ the talents of our best and brightest Black male media makers, I envisioned a program that would extol the lesse...
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Enter Wu-Tang’s 20th Birthday

Reminiscing on the 20th anniversary of the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut, Michael A. Gonzales wonders if it was all so simple then The recent 20th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s groundbreaking Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)...