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Kim Lute
Kim Lute is a former DuPont and Peabody award-winning journalist at CNN. Currently, she is a freelance writer whose work has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Skirt magazine and PINK magazine, among others. She's at work on her first nonfiction work, This World of Dew, which is represented by the Alice Martell Literary Agency, in NY, NY.

Entries by Kim Lute

If Donald Trump Were A Black Man

(9) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 2:29 PM

To set aside the obvious, if Trump, a D-list reality TV star, were indeed a black man he would have quickly gone the way of Ben Carson. That is to say, the GOP would have entertained him, briefly tolerated him, and quickly and expectedly disqualified him. As I (and many...

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Trump and the Black Feminist

(9) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 10:24 AM

As if Sarah Palin's Ice Capades jacket and shrill babble weren't offensive and silly enough, she then recently surprised no one when she threw her political clout--however miniscule it may be--behind the only other "politician" as curiously odd as she is: Donald Trump. Trump, a reality star known for his...

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Camille Cosby and America's Culture of Rape

(15) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 8:04 PM

When I first heard of the unfolding violence comedian Bill Cosby had allegedly inflicted on dozens of women, I felt a flood of dreaded recognition wash over me. I too am a victim of acquaintance rape. It was 1992, the night I graduated from high school. I accompanied a "girlfriend"...

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What America Owes Blacks

(57) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:09 PM

In the 1960s, venerated author Joan Didion wrote of America "that the center wasn't holding." This ideology still holds true over a half-century later, as the mood of our blighted nation continues to hover just slightly above a clumsily contained chaos, as blacks are forced to watch the continued, and...

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The Problem With Black Women

(123) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 10:49 AM

My French Creole features speak to a long history of miscegenation: green eyes, skin the color of a white peach and a sharp Puritan nose to match my thinly drawn Vermillion lips. Still, my blackness is always in question because of my lightness, especially among my darker sisters. Imagine if...

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Dangerously in Denial

(667) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:55 PM

What Grammy viewers learned during Sunday's telecast was that the contestation between artists isn't exclusive to records sold or critically acclaimed reviews. After seeing Beyoncé (as well as her much talked about cast of put-upon black men) fumble and falter her way through Mahalia Jackson's classic, "Precious Lord, Take My...

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Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin and the American't Dream

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 6:42 PM

At just 17 years old, Jordan Davis died with his back to his killer. He will not graduate college. He will not marry the love of his life. He will not become a father. And he will never know what it means to fully experience an American Dream many young...

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Eat, Drink, Shush!

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Located in the tiny, gilded principality of Monaco, on the illumined Golden Square that boasts the famed Hotel de Paris and the Casino de Monte Carlo, sits a delightful and popular cafe. Ranked as one of France's -- and certainly Western Europe's -- most famed restaurants, the chic hub of...

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Taking on Hip-Hop

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 12:48 PM

In the not too distant past, when we were still labeled black -- and the notion of a U.S. President, Barack Obama, was as likely as a unicorn sighting -- African Americans dare not question the role or relevancy of the black church. The very institution was above reproach. And...

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The List

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 9:27 PM

Kael Johnson. Marquise Williams. Diamond Eley. LaToya Figueroa. I'll assume that the mention of these names draws blank stares. You likely don't know who these people are. So, let's try this again with a different group, shall we? Laci Peterson. Natalee Holloway. Chandra Levy. I needn't be a former award-winning...

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What I Really Want for My 40th Birthday

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 5:53 PM

The women in my family have elevated the art of party planning to a virtue. So, I was relatively nonplussed when an older cousin sent out chic invitations to her "Help Me Choose a Sperm Donor" shindig. On the surface, yes, this sounds a mite... odd. But when you are...

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