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Why I Still Love Hip Hop Part 3: Outkast Coachella 2014 Full Set

April 13, 2014
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If you are over forty with children your Spring Break days of partying are basically over, but Outkast’s performance at Coachella 2014 took me back.  Andre and Big Boi put in work and made it perfectly clear that being 40 is just the beginning of being really freakin cool. Starting off with Bombs Over Bagdad and rocking it to the very end; Speaker Box got me out of my chair and dancing around the living room; Kryptonite had me on the front porch bobbing my head like I was in my twenties again.  If you are like me and...

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Dr. Joy DeGruy on Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

April 10, 2014
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Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.

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Evicted

April 7, 2014
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Boxes and scattered memories strewn across the wood floor of the townhouse. We weren’t exactly evicted, but I knew it was coming. I wanted to preserve some dignity. Preservation, Survival, same difference, different but the same.   A statistic and growing circumstance, 14% unemployment rates among African Americans, It was the media mantra for 2011, Black academics reported on the economic lynching of their own, just like Bob Richardson during the Watts Riots. Unemployment, Unhuman, same difference, different but the same.   We are not just being evicted from homes but cities and states to. Governor McCrory even said...

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Domestic Violence Statistics for African American Women

March 9, 2014
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As we celebrate Women’s History month, and in light of the pending case of Marissa Alexander, I thought it would be useful to note some statistics on domestic violence and African American women.  Although the statistics are alarming I am not at all surprised.  We have seen a massive effort to address the issues of African American women’s health and its connection to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and obesity.  We have even seen the public shaming of African American women, when it comes to issues of health, welfare, and child care.  As an African American woman I believe we...

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A Common Occurrence

March 8, 2014
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A punch, kick, slap or strangulation Can never be mistaken for anything else, It’s just a common domestic disturbance.   You can find it almost anywhere, Under beds, in closets, and medicine cabinets. Violence towards women was and is COMMON.   The woman at work, wearing a black and blue shade of eye shadow, No, not a new fashion trend. Just COMMON domestic violence!   The woman next door with the pashmina cast on her arm, Indications of the too early casket she will soon lay in.   The woman on the porch of a second floor apartment building,...

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Dis Ain’t Yo Granddaddy’s Cold War

March 4, 2014
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The criticism of President Obama’s response, or lack of one, to Putin’s occupation of Ukraine is more or less about domestic politics or domestic collaborator classes (wagging the dog).  I have been watching the crisis in Ukraine unfold and like everyone else, I felt it was reminiscent of the Cold War. I then through into the mix the context of the 21st century and the technological revolution.  My conclusion, this ain’t yo Granddaddy’s  Cold War. James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York.  His article on militarism and imperialism in the 21st century...

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Double Standard

March 4, 2014
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Demonstrating a stunning abuse of power, Florida State Prosecutor, Angela Corey, announced that she aims to increase the prison sentence for Marissa Alexander from 20 to 60 years in the upcoming July 28th trial.  In 2012, Alexander – an African American mother of three in Jacksonville, Florida —  was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years for firing a warning shot upwards into a wall to defend her life from her abusive estranged husband.  She caused no injuries.  Alexander successfully appealed the unjust trial and was granted a new trial. In November 2013, after serving nearly three years in prison,...

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Snowmageddon 2014

March 3, 2014
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When you mess with my money you have my attention!

March 3, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Western powers on Sunday prepared a tough response to Russia’s military advance into Ukraine and warned that Moscow could face economic penalties, diplomatic isolation and bolstered allied defenses in Europe unless it retreats. The crisis may prove to be a game-changer for President Barack Obama’s national security policy, forcing him to give up his foreign policy shift to Asia and to maintain U.S. troop levels in Europe to limit Russia’s reach.  Read More

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I Hope to God That He Is

March 2, 2014
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Interesting read about POTUS being a cold realist, when it comes to foreign policy. In a little-noticed passage in Robert Gates’s new memoir, the former defense secretary recounts a trip he took to Azerbaijan in the spring of 2010. His mission was to hand the reigning dictator, Ilham Aliyev, a note from President Barack Obama, hailing the importance of the two countries’ relations. Aliyev had been grousing about the U.S. military using his land as a stopover along the supply route to Afghanistan. Just “showing up” brought him back in line, Gates writes, adding, approvingly, “Neither the letter nor I...

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