Us and Them, 2014

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In this poem, MaryLisa DeDomenicis reminds us of a common stereotype and the human need “to distinguish one’s self.”

Reflecting On Hate, Politics, Elizabeth Lauten, And Asking What Happened

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In light of Elizabeth Lauten’s recent comments on the attire of Sasha and Malia, Mark Boles asks where the hate and vitriol of her comments stem from.

Is the Daniele Watts Incident a Tempest in a Teapot?

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We must demand the police “protect and serve” and respect us. We must also, cooperate and facilitate their very difficult job and respect them.

Philadelphia’s Decriminalization of Marijuana is the Model to Follow.

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It is high time for a drug policy grounded in science, compassion, economics and health and human rights

‘Can I Call You Hannah?’

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Spoken word artist Christopher Michael has a few serious questions he wants to ask Miley Cyrus.

Review: Baldwin the Poet

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Award-winning poet Stephen S. Mills offers a reflective review of Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems, a recently-released collection from the venerable James Baldwin, known best for his novels and essays.

Where Are The Black Male Teachers?

Where Are The Black Male Teachers

Dr. Vibe and a panel discuss the negative effects of not having enough black male teachers in public school classrooms.

“Dosen’t it bother you that disrespectful behavior…gives idiot racist fuel for their hatred?”

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This comment by Paul on the post I, Too Am Jordan Davis

Have Black Men Morally Surrendered?

Have Black Men Morally Surrended

Dr. Vibe has a conversation about the state of Black male morality.

“People ALWAYS assume she is the nanny…”

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This Comment by Denise on the post 9 Things I Want to Say (But Don’t) to Your Curious Yet Racially-Charged Microaggressions Against Me & My Children

The Black Church: Slain in the Spirit or Out For the Count?

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The black church represents—more often than not—a time where the pulpit is laced with bulls*** and the pews and are filled with few. The disconnectedness in faith and freedom prompts the question: is the black church slain in the spirit or out for the count?

I’m Sorry I’m Not Light-Skinned

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Alex Holmes is appalled by descriptive phrases like ‘black or black black?’ It assumes a light-skinned supremacy and a hierarchy of racism.

Truffol iPhone Cases Are an Extension of You. Just like Your iPhone.

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Truffol iPhone cases—You’ll love them almost as much as your iPhone.

My Hometown: Lessons from Suburban and Urban Connecticut

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Sameer talks about his childhood in greater Hartford, race, and living in the heart of the shell.

Why I Wish Gay Churches Didn’t Have to Exist

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What if our churches took Jesus seriously when he said to love one another just like he loves us?

Urban Camouflage

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Steven LaFond on coming to terms with white privilege — which gives him the ability to reinvent himself whenever he wants.