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Why Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t Need Your Approval

On Kaepernick, policing, patriotism and willfully ignoring the message behind the act. My faithful readers will recall my thoughts that I felt as if “America has slipped into an alternate universe.” Well, I’m still waiting on the Avengers to fix this and so far neither Cap nor T’Challa have appeared to save the day. Yes I’ve finally accepted that we are stuck with this, a year in which we question whether Hispanic Americans are “rapists and criminals” while trying our hardest to collectively ignore elephants in the room like police…

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Black & Gay In America

Gather around, dear black and brown faces, it’s time for a “Come to Jesus” meeting. As a self-described liberal, I’ve come to terms with the fact that there are many that will never agree with my views on say abortion or marriage equality. But for the life of me, I’ve never understood the fascination with the sex lives of others. Regardless of where you fall on the political or religious spectrum, a clear separation between church and state ensures that (in theory at least) the will of one religious group…

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7 Reminders Of How Donald Trump Is A Habitual Line-Stepper

“I feel like America has slipped into an alternate universe. I’m just waiting on the Avengers to fix this shit.” I tweeted this shortly after the death of Muhammad Ali. As the outpouring of love and admiration flowed from across the world, I watched in disgust. The same talking heads and pundits that use Islamic extremism as a way to discredit the entire religion, suddenly feigned empathy for the fallen legend. I watched in a daze as others tried their best to tip toe around his youth as a brash,…

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“‘Boy, Bye’ To All Beyoncé Protests”: Why Beyonce Protesters Must Get In Formation

This evening, Houston’s prodigal daughter, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, will return to the city for her sold-outFormation World Tour. While thousands of Houstonians are getting ready for the wildly anticipated show, there are others not so enamored with Beyoncé, including a portion of law enforcement who argue that the singer’s Super Bowl performance and visuals from her “Formation” single carried an “anti-police” theme. Despite selling out stops across the country, the Lemonade singer has faced protests from small pockets of law officials over the tour. Even on night one in Miami,…

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How America Rewrote Slavery

Tragedies like Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, September 9/11 and others are remembered as tragedies, and rightfully so. Yet oddly enough when it comes to slavery, it’s a moment in American history that’s often swept under the rug, as those who speak out against its ongoing affects are callously told to “get over it.”  When using common sense however, its impossible to ignore the fact that the abolition of slavery did little to improve the plight of Black Americans. Not when you factor in years of continuous abuse in the form…

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On Rachel Dolezal & The Last Transracial Thinkpiece Ever

There should be zero capes flying for Rachel Dolezal. Not on an academic level for us to study why one particular white woman who wanted to identify herself as black. Not on a level of letting her pass because she’s done plenty of work for African-Americans as head of her chapter of the NAACP. Damn sure not on a level of “let her be her” when masquerading as a black woman with all of the privilege of a white woman has no benefit for a black woman if the roles…

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Putting “Houston Appreciation Weekend” Into Perspective

Fame is a helluva of a drug. The transition from obscurity to celebrity is one that few of us will actually experience; yet have witnessed time and time again. Rising to the top of the ladder it’s simply not possible to take everyone along for the ride, no matter how hard some may try, often resulting in bruised egos and fractured friendships as that individual walks a virtual tightrope to avoid being accused of going “Hollywood.” Shit that’s stressful. And then there’s Drake. Despite being a native of Toronto he’s…

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A Rage in Berkeley: “I Can’t Breathe”

In a scene eerily similar to the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s, Bay Area protesters stood their ground over the weekend, as they voiced anger in the wake of no charges being brought against the two officers responsible for the deaths of Eric Garner and unarmed teen Michael Brown. While our nation proudly touts the amount of progress made in the years since items as simple as water fountains were used as a division between races; in reality, for many minorities the glass ceiling is still firmly in place,…

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How Race Has Derailed The American Dream

In the absence of a leader, common sense must lead the way. As the city of Ferguson struggles to find a starting point to rebuild the carnage sparked by pain and frustration, there is no magical Phoenix to rise from the ashes left behind. Businesses burned and dreams deferred, as frustrations were mistakenly turned towards its own community. Apologies are owed to many; the innocent residents caught in the crosshairs of a national tragedy, the protesters, Black and white alike, who were simply there to take a stand and most…

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#ConversationsWithCecilia Returns to Address Piers Morgan & History of The N-Word

Admitting that the United States of America is a nation built upon the stolen land of Native Americans, the backs of slaves, and the efforts of millions of immigrants who came here for a brighter day, is an uncomfortable truth in our country’s past. Often, we choose to run from our history, then act surprised once it rears its head in present day. So let’s just turn and face the elephant in the room – racism in America is a REAL and unsettling legacy, one that hasn’t died out nearly as…

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