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A Philly drummer playing a global beat, Christopher A. Norris is an
award-winning journalist, online content producer and professional drummer endorsed by TRX Cymbals. An American businessman, Norris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Techbook Online Corporation, overseeing a strategic initiative of mobilizing local, regional, national and global communities by encouraging the production, safeguarding and dissemination of diversified contents in the media and global information networks.

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The Purge Isn't Just a Movie When You're Unarmed and Black

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 6:45 PM

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The frequent killing of unarmed black people by police is being labeled "the purge."

For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday attend work, school and/or church, "the purge" isn't a multi-million dollar film starring a white man with killer looks; it's...

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Why I Can't Watch the Video of the NYPD Murdering Eric Garner

(4) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Taxpayer-funded hate crimes, like the murder of Eric Garner, is particularly traumatizing to blacks who are already distrustful of police.

I shut my eyes instantly when a commercial displaying footage of Eric Garner's murder appeared on my television to advertise the local 10 o'clock news.

My fingers swiftly swiped by...

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Black Philadelphians and Their Ungodly Fear of Police

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:32 AM

Despite the repeated testimony of black Philadelphians who cite a fear of the police, officials won't acknowledge their trauma and instead suggest they just do what their told to avoid harm or death.


Recently I was walking up Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia after finishing a business lunch...

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Why Philadelphia Is Ground Zero for Problems and Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:20 PM

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From its cash-strapped school district and embattled police department, to its eye-popping poverty and unemployment rates, Philly presents real challenges and opportunities for those bold active citizens who dare to engage and transform the system.

Philadelphia is a big city, with...

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How Parents Tell Their Kids They Have No Value

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Stop saying children should been seen and not heard, they have a voice!

Growing up I heard countless adults say: "children are to be seen and not heard." It was even said to me a few times, but I didn't really buy into it, which is why I got...

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Can Philadelphians Afford to Pay for Fresh Air?

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Philly is the 11th most polluted city in the U.S and a metropolis with the highest rate of deep poverty, so if someone did sell cans of fresh air, could anyone afford it?

If you're a consistent reader of Techbook Online, then you know that air pollution killed roughly...

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Why Philly Must Persist in Protesting

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 9:17 AM

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The angry protesters shut down the City, but for how long?

The protest in front of the Urban League of Philadelphia, and later at the Comcast Center, was like many direct actions I've seen before: plenty of hand-drawn signs, top-of-the-lung chants and a promise to shut the City down unless demands of fair funding are met. And while the angry group of more than 300 parents, students, teachers, and activists was successful in blocking off main Center City streets during rush hour traffic, that intense level of activism won't be displayed everyday -- although it should -- so the question is: how do we sustain and harness our anger to make systemic change that transform communities?

If you look around town at the former school buildings that'll soon be swanky condos, the poverty and hopelessness in which most Philadelphians are dressed in, and the out-of-touch, of-out-their mind politicians who apparently perceive large-scale protest as a parade celebrating their servant-leadership, you'll see that there's plenty to be angry about; there's certainly no lack in unresolved issues.

Many of our schools have no full time nurses, music and arts programming have become a dream deferred, the quality of education has never been worse, and the quantity of teaching and learning resources have been diminished to a point where mediocre feels like a compliment. And despite what's becoming an annual Negro-led tap-dancing pity party -- which starts at 440 N Broad Street and ends up at City Hall with a hand-out and no plan -- the anger subsides and the promise of "no justice, no peace" is broken.

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There seems something very illegal about what's happening in Philadelphia, yet it's the passionate activists who are fighting for the City's young that are arrested. The funding of public education here in Philadelphia seems like a complex issue, yet it's the innocent students who are doing the most pontificating: thinking of ways to stay alive, learn and graduate in a building that used to be a school. There's a lot at stake when it comes to fairly funding public education, but it seems only the teachers, students and parents are sacrificing -- I've never heard of a stadium being closed because the team didn't make the points or a politician's salary being drastically cut to make ends meet.

There are very few things that are right in Philadelphia -- and the obnoxious gentrification efforts aren't one of them. There's plenty to be angry about and countless ways to show it; using your voice and your dollar are the two most effective tools.

Spend nothing, say everything. Don't shut up, but shut everything down. To hell with staying in school: stay in the offices of your elected officials until they're forced to stand with you. Don't play by the rules, because your enemies aren't. Don't get weary in well doing, but be energized by your anger. Take back the streets, take back the schools, take back the politics and take back the right to the pursuit of happiness.

There's nothing happy about broke schools and broken-hearted youth; Philadelphians should be pissed-off with a capital P, and that frustration should manifest into daily disobedience and disruption. There's nothing wrong with being angry given the circumstances, this City is on the brink of collapse and the only thing that will charge the rejuvenation is people power

Be angry; stay angry... until change makes its way to Broad Street and beyond!

Thanks for reading. Until next time, I'm Flood the Drummer and I'm Drumming for...

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The Lies We Tell Black Boys and the Truth They Deserve to Hear

(3) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 8:22 AM

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We need to stop teaching our black boys how to survive in a world not designed for them, and instead show them how to design a world that will allow them to thrive as individuals.

I never realized how hard it...

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5 Acronyms Entrepreneurs Can't Afford to Forget

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Keep these five acronyms in mind when doing business and you'll be sure to stay in business.

Entrepreneurs have a lot on their brains, but not minding the right thing can be disastrous for business. While maintaining the grind, here are five acronyms to keep in mind.

R.O.I (Return on...

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The Game I Played Growing Up in Philly

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Reminiscing on the good ole days reminded me to always find time to play.


I never told anyone this, but when I was a kid approaching my teenager years I was quite the sports sensation. I didn't have any merchandise fashioned after me or a lucrative endorsement deal...

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Warrior's Death a Blow to an Already Devastated WWE Fan

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 11:23 AM

I believed in the Ultimate Warrior. And despite my buried-alive childhood, I still will.

Lifelong fans of WWE, like myself, still trying to cope with the ending of the Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania 30, have been completely deflated as tragic news breaks that the man who played the Ultimate Warrior...

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Undertaker's Streak Is Over and So Is My Childhood

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Today I hang up my childhood like the Undertaker did his boots and relish in the good ole days.

For as long as I can remember I've been watching wrestling. Although ashamed to admit it at times, I was the true definition of a fanatic. Now in my late twenties,...

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Affluenza: Plagued With the Complexion for the Protection

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:04 PM

Affluenza is quite possibly the only sickness on the face of the Earth where those who are afflicted by it show no sense of urgency to be cured. Although they pose a hazard to the larger community, those who've fallen ill to the rich man's disease are allowed to integrate...

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Why the Murderer of Millions Still Roams Free

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 8:02 AM

With no fear of the law, the killer of 7 million stalks new targets

The evening winds roughed up the trees surrounding her log cabin, which overlooked a lake that resembled the moon. She sat alone by the fireplace reading her favorite novel, waiting for the tea kettle to whistle...

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He Was a Victim of the R Word

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:22 PM

We don't like to speak of the R word, yet its impact is undeniable.

He stood under the head of the shower for a few moments, sobbing uncontrollably. Trembling, he turned the knob to hot, and the small wallpapered bathroom quickly filled with steam and screams. On his face, you...

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Why the Pope Should Come to Philly and Ignore Its Hierarchy

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 3:18 PM

He's not like the other Popes who came before him. Pope Francis, a celebrity-like figure, has refused to live in the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace and instead lays his head to rest in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse. He has a genuine concern for the poor and he...

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Black Boys Have Feelings, Too

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 1:01 AM

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Black boys aren't so different; they want what every other adolescent has: the ability to make mistakes. Sure outings with the family, arcades or movies with just the boys...

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Top Ph.D. Programs Eye Genius Black Boy

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:17 PM

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Considered a free agent in the world of academia, award-winning McNair Scholar Juwan Z. Bennett prepares for the signing of a lifetime.

"How does it feel to be a black man with options?" is a frequent question posed to one of Philly's hottest free...

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Activists Seek to Impeach Philly's First Black D.A.

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 10:50 AM

On the heels of A. Charles Peruto Jr., calling for Seth Williams to be voted out of office, activists look to impeach him.

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Activist Asa Khalif calls out District Attorney Seth Williams during a protest outside his downtown office. When notified that...

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New Online Publication Highlights the Altruism of Black Males

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:25 PM

2014 Echoing Green Search Partner Techbook Online Publishes "The Black His-Story Book: A Collection of Narratives from Black Male Mentors."

In an effort to improve media coverage and public perception of African-American men and boys, millennial-led news organization Techbook Online last month launched a campaign to celebrate black male mentors...

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