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Conservatives, Hip-Hop and 2012

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 3:59 PM

As the 2012 presidential election ramps up, expect conservatives to keep gunning for black youth, in general, and hip-hop, specifically. Black youth showed significant gains in 2008, and now represent the group of 18- to 29-year-old who vote the most. Their ability via popular to inspire young voters...

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Should Terry Gross Go The Way of Juan Williams?

(22) Comments | Posted November 27, 2010 | 10:41 PM

Let's begin with the premise that no people, culture, religious, racial or ethnic group is by definition immoral. Not acknowledging this, at the core, is the problem with Juan Williams' gross generalization about Muslims that recently got him fired from National Public Radio (NPR). But if NPR's "Fresh Air" interview...

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Has Obama Earned the Youth Vote?

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 12:12 PM

As the 2010 midterm election season winds down, electoral politics experts agree that 18-29 year-old voters have a pivotal role to play on November 2nd. Anxiety among Democrats and Republicans concerning the way the political winds will blow the youth vote is crystallizing around the idea that over the last...

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5 Reasons Why I'm Rooting For Alvin Greene, and Why You Should Too

(33) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 11:27 AM

Since the news broke that Alvin Greene won the South Carolina Democratic Party Primary Election for US Senate, countless media and political elites, have filled several rounds of the news cycle looking down their noses at the unlikely winner. But more important than questioning where he got the $10,400 filing...

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Will The Youth Vote Trump Tea Party In Midterm Elections?

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 3:00 PM

One of the most important unasked questions this midterm election year is this: "Will the youth vote be a factor in 2010?" Given the actual impact of the youth vote in 2008, it's a far more important question than the ones daily raised by the media manufactured so-called Tea Party...

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Is Conservative Obama Backlash the New Racism?

(29) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 4:16 PM

The decision by parents across the country to keep their children home from school today rather than have students listen to the president's stay in school address follows an ugly pattern that began to emerge in the months since the election of Barack Obama as President of the United...

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New Muslim Cool Forges Path for New America

(3) Comments | Posted June 30, 2009 | 6:07 PM

New Muslim Cool comes at a time when daily we observe in our national culture old-guard gatekeepers (can you say Dick Cheney?) who work tirelessly to impose on the younger generation a shared American identity that is dated, simple, and in white and black. The magic of Jennifer Maytorena...

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OPINION: The President's Racial Politics

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 5:22 PM

With the national euphoria of inauguration, the multi-billion dollar corporate bailouts, and even the historic economic stimulus all recent memories, one untold story of the early days of Barack Obama's presidency remains-the advent of a concise, bold and fearless new racial politics.

"Subverting race," Jabari Asim, editor of the Crisis...

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Did John Hope Franklin Want $100 Trillion for Blacks?

(264) Comments | Posted April 6, 2009 | 4:02 PM

Dr. John Hope Franklin, the wildly accomplished historian who documented Blacks' place in the great American story, firmly believed in reparations -- the idea that the descendants of slaves in the United States should be compensated for the centuries of free labor that enriched slaveowners and their descendants...

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A Hip-Hop Response To Chris Brown & Rihanna

(15) Comments | Posted March 19, 2009 | 3:26 PM

For nearly an entire week, the Chris Brown/Rihanna alleged abuse incident has dominated major news media headlines. Unfortunately, these sensationalized reports did less to elucidate the national epidemic of violence against women and more to cement into our national psyche the idea that the new face...
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The Post's Post-Racial Politics

(63) Comments | Posted February 20, 2009 | 11:36 AM

Yesterday, as I prepared for the kick-off to the national discussion tour focused on the theme "Is America Really Post-Racial?" which will convene in ten US cities this spring, I received emails from around the country commenting on The New York Post cartoon that depicts a chimpanzee being shot...

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