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Black children are beloved and beaten
By September 21, 2014 Read More →

Black children are beloved and beaten

“Beloved and beaten” is a phrase that best depicts how many African American children—past and present—are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African American parenting discipline style that is painfully revered. Yet, in too many incidents, it continues to be uncritically passed along generationally.

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Even When Rev. Jesse Jackson is Wrong, He’s Right!
By September 21, 2014 Read More →

Even When Rev. Jesse Jackson is Wrong, He’s Right!

As much as I hate agreeing with Rev Jesse Jackson, I applaud Jackson for blasting the NFL. Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed three qualified experts to address issues of domestic violence, stemming from the league’s domestic violence scandal. Tuesday, Jackson called out the NFL as “shameful insensitivity” for how it went about hiring experts to help it navigate through its domestic violence crisis.

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Back-to-school not welcoming to all LGBTQ-students in Massachusetts
By September 14, 2014 Read More →

Back-to-school not welcoming to all LGBTQ-students in Massachusetts

It’s back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn’t easy for a lot of students—especially LGBTQ students. LGBTQ-phobias abound in the hallowed halls of higher learning and, unfortunately, we have to confront them here in Massachusetts, an A+ queer-friendly state.

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Machismo underpins war and tyranny
By September 14, 2014 Read More →

Machismo underpins war and tyranny

The 1970s queer liberation and women’s liberation movements shared a common agenda. Both challenged the traditional forms of straight male masculinity that underpin sexism and homophobia. By so doing, they implicitly offered a unique, important contribution to the emancipation of the whole of humanity from violence – and from all forms of oppression and subjugation.

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The real superheroes of P’Town Carnival
By August 31, 2014 Read More →

The real superheroes of P’Town Carnival

Rev. Irene Monroe The best week to be in Provincetown is the week of Carnival. The parade is its signature extravaganza. While many would contest that any week in P’Town during the summer months is a carnival, the official date is always week thirty-three—this year it was from August 16th – August 22nd. The 2014 […]

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Back to Kansas
By August 31, 2014 Read More →

Back to Kansas

Three months into an over-extended stay in our Nation’s Capitol, life has been no crystal stair. I wallowed on orange leather seats of a train marked “Going Nowhere Fast” listening to Lana Del Ray. This self-proclaimed Brooklyn baby was far from where I once called home. And since DC doesn’t have a yellow brick road, […]

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The stigma of black suicide is killing us
By August 18, 2014 Read More →

The stigma of black suicide is killing us

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country’s most beloved comedian had committed suicide.

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International Day against Jamaica’s anti-gay law
By August 8, 2014 Read More →

International Day against Jamaica’s anti-gay law

LGBTI activists protest on Jamaica’s Independence Day London, UK – On 6 August LGBTI activists in Jamaica – together with allies in London, Toronto and New York – launched the inaugural “Annual International Day of Action” calling for the repeal of the Offences Against the Person Act, which criminalises same-sex relations between men with up […]

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Bill O’Rielly you don’t know Jack about being black
By August 8, 2014 Read More →

Bill O’Rielly you don’t know Jack about being black

Before I give my opinion on Media Matters for America (MMFA) documented years of Bill O’Rielly’s racist rants, I must take exception with MMFA. The clip of Bill O’Rielly criticism and solutions for Blacks is titled: “Bill O’Reilly’s Attacks On Black Culture.” Who believes this mess spewed by O’Rielly is really “Black Culture?” The use […]

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PRIDE 2014: Much is given, much required
By August 6, 2014 Read More →

PRIDE 2014: Much is given, much required

By Michelle E. Brown Hard to believe July is over; and our season of pride picnics, marches and celebrations is coming to an end . We’ve raised our rainbow flags across the country, marched and partied like there’s no tomorrow – no tomorrow when we go back to being second class citizens, separate and not […]

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