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Cool Project: The Hip-Hop Word Count

Visualizing hip hop’s cultural and linguistic migration

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Why Is The N.Y.P.D. After Me?

A 23-year-old New Yorker talks about having been stopped and frisked by NYPD at least five times.

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The Rise of the New Confederacy: How America-Hating Right-Wingers Took Over The GOP

Those on the extreme right are different. Here’s how and why.

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Christian Wikane’s 10 Reasons Donna Summer Belongs In the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame

10 reasons NOT including Donna Summer is a HUGE oversight.

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The Problem With Toms Shoes

The problem isn’t shoelessness, it’s poverty.

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Drake, Childish Gambino, and the Specter of Black Authenticity

Michael P. Jeffries on rappers advancing the black identity question, but not.

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"Precious" Manipulation

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  It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that, if you’re African American, you’ve probably been around or involved with at least one conversation–and maybe heated–about Lee Daniels’ film, Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire.  Our house has been no different.  So, to all the POVs out there, I offer this from my [...]

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings

A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”

In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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