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Reasons why your vote is important tomorrow


Some facts before Election Day.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates on the GOP

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a brilliant and thoughtful writer.  If you haven't checked out his book, The Beautiful Struggle, please do.  It's a powerful story about Ta-Nehisi and his father.  He also writes a regular column for, which is where I pulled this nugget about the Grand Old Party: This is who they are–the proud […]

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NPR's List of Resources for Haiti

Click on the logo above. This is a place to get started.  NPR isn't endorsing these charities and urges you to do your own research.  In fact, a great site to check out is Charity Navigator, since it shows the percentage of funds that go to overhead vs. aid.  Just so you can go in […]

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A minute for Haiti

If you're here in the States and trying to get info on family or friends who are in Haiti, you can call the State Department at 1-888-407-4747.  The homepage indicates that you can donate to earthquake relief by texting 'HAITI' to 90999 and $10 will be donated towards the relief efforts. I heard a woman […]

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Professor Henry Louis Gates arrested for breaking into his own house?

Apparently police, responding to a report of breaking and entering in the affluent Cambridge neighborhood, arrested Harvard University's Henry Louis Gates, the pre-eminent black scholar in America.  Turns out Gates put his shoulder to his front door, which was stuck, and was seen by a white woman who then called the cops. As Gawker puts […]

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Sharp commentary on the Philly pool situation

I've been digging Elon James White's video series This Week In Blackness since I got hipped to it a few weeks ago.  Great commentary on the news of the day, particularly as it relates to race and some of the silly beliefs that undergird how this country thinks about it. In this short spot, Elon […]

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So much Michael

Lots being written about the Michael Jackson in these days following his untimely death.  Here's just the tip of the iceberg that I've seen: VIbe Magazine's Danyel Smith: "He gave himself to the world. And Michael Jackson left nothing but blood on the dance floor." The Nation's John Nichols: "He projected into the world (the […]

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Apes, police violence and diversity

By now–particularly if you live in or around New York City–you're aware of how much sh*t the NY Post stepped in by publishing the above cartoon by cartoonist Sean Delonas earlier this week. While there's been a lot of coverage on the cartoon and the subsequent uproar, two items in particular stand out to me […]

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