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Culture & Black Life

5 Ways to Cope With Post-Election Trauma

For the past few weeks, I’ve been saying to myself, “I can’t wait until the election is over. I am tired of talking about Donald Trump.” But whether we want to believe it or not, Donald Trump, a man we deemed unqualified for the position, will soon be the leader of the Free World. That sentence

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News & Politics

How the Power of Our Vote Can Win Justice for All

Hill, I love you brother, but why should I vote? It doesn’t matter … my vote doesn’t matter at all. This refrain or some version of it is something I’m hearing far too often as I travel the country doing voter protection work. And nothing could be further from the truth. Nearly every day we

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News & Politics

Crunch Time: 7 Races to Watch in November

The U.S. presidential campaign is putting race and ethnicity issues in the spotlight. But Black voters also will head to the polls to elect representatives to the U.S. Congress and Senate in addition to those at the state and local levels. This is a great time to be a candidate, especially if you’re a Democrat,

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News & Politics

…But What Happens If Trump Really Wins in November?

Donald Trump’s name won’t make it on the ballot. Donald Trump will never win enough delegates to clinch the nomination. No one in his or her right mind will ever vote Donald Trump into the White House. The first two statements are incorrect. And the last stands to be proved right or wrong in November.

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Obama Declares Trump ‘Unfit’ to Run Country

In a searing denouncement, President Barack Obama castigated Donald Trump as “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to serve in the White House. He challenged Republicans to withdraw their support for their party’s nominee, declaring “There has to come a point at which you say enough.” While Obama has long been critical of Trump, his blistering condemnation

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At DNC, Obama Reminds America of How Far Country Has Come

Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama gave his final convention speech as commander-in-chief at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He had a tough job — to convince the public to back Hillary Clinton during an election year riddled with hate, division and madness. Reminding the public of the hope they had when they voted for

Arts & Entertainment

Trailer Alert: Obama Love Story, ‘Southside with You’

The Blackest love story ever told is coming soon to a theater near you. “Southside with You,” executive produced by John Legend, opens this summer and we’ve got a trailer for this Sundance-approved indie. Hit play and let us know what you think of an early glimpse at this fictionalized story of Barack Obama and

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News & Politics

Anatomy of a Clapback Fail: Azealia Banks versus Sarah Palin

When I’m not writing, I proudly teach twenty-somethings at an HBCU.  Doing so keeps me connected with youth culture and philosophies, and honestly has taught me to listen to millennials—to see their intellectual value, voice and vision—instead of ridiculing them because of their inexperience and immaturity.  Daily, I have to dig for the gold in

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News & Politics

Disrespecting MLK Statue? Naw, fam

So uh…let’s get this straight.  Some students, allegedly at the University of South Florida, thought it was a good idea to plop a Donald Drumpf “make America great” hat on a statue of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. It is so embarrassing that the Daily Mail discovered this act of utter (for lack of a better term)

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News & Politics

Can We Retire ‘Black-on-Black Crime’ and ‘Superpredators’?

Remember when the NAACP had a symbolic funeral for the N-word in 2007 and even those of us who pretend we never say it laughed because 1) Black folks’ appropriation of the word, however complicated, is among the least of our problems and 2) it was just…weird? Well, let me offer my apologies now, because