Ryan K. Smith

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‘Fatherless’ Is No Insult

I believe it was my Black aesthetics professor at Howard University, Dr. Gregory Carr, who…

Repping and Reforming Through Hip-Hop at Rikers Island

In Empire’s second season, during the his short prison bid, Lucious Lyon smuggled recording equipment inside,…

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Freedom Summer Lunch Soldiers On, Despite Threats

In January of 1969, the Black Panther Party initiated the groundbreaking Free Breakfast for Children Program…

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I Hate You, Jody:Tyrese’s Terrible ‘Sleeping’ Joke

Tyrese Gibson lives on another planet. He said so himself. In his world, Muslims baptize…

Colorado Legalizes Marijuana For Recreational Use

Blazing Trails:Black Doctor Seeks to Build Marijuana Empire

Marijuana has been legalized in 23 states and Washington, DC primarily for medicinal use. The…

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Howard Senior Wins the Sneaker Game with 101 Custom Kicks

Entrepreneurs often get started by meeting a need or solving a problem that he or…

‘Empire’s’ Brave Bipolar Journey

FOX’s hit show, Empire, is getting bigger by the week. This is evidenced by the…

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Philadelphia Activists Fight the Sale of Dangerous Toy Guns

I once had a friend who was making an extra credit film for his language…

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An Experience with Police Brutality

For so many of us, this summer has been emotionally intense.  Once again, we are…

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Philadelphia Mother Isn’t Getting the Ray Rice Treatment Following Arrest

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio and New Jersey District Attorney Jim McClain did…