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Malcolm Shabazz: Tragedy, Hate and the Burden of a Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 3:50 PM

When you do a piece of investigative journalism, the rules say to never make it personal. But the truth is, stories as an editor you choose to prioritize, stories you choose to put one of your top journalists on, stories you care about and dream about long before you were...

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Behind the Scenes at Inauguration '13 (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 3:14 PM

I missed the first one. When Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as our first African-American president with an agenda that I believed passionately in, I watched history unfold at home on a flat screen.

I was not going to miss the second time around. In fact, to make sure...

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Black (Or Not) Like Me: Thoughts on CNN's Black in America 5

(10) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 3:12 PM

I know who my colleagues think I am. I'm pretty sure they've accepted me as the lightest Black dude in the office. My job demands that I constantly engage co-workers around racial issues, so I have opportunities to represent my Black experience all the time which I'm sure gains me...

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Rihanna's Unapologetic Triumph

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:04 AM

It's here. A moment in pop music where the artist set up to look the best, sound the best and actually be the best, lives up to the hyperbole and wins the prize. The biggest star on the planet hasn't been chilling under that glass ceiling of expectation.

Kinetic and...

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Joy in Repetition: What Obama's Second Term Will Mean for Blacks and Latinos

(12) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Last week felt like a racial moment, but, then again, it didn't. The reelection of Barack Hussein Obama (love to The New York Times every time they print his whole name) at first triggered the same emotional cues as four years ago when the history making of the "first African-American...

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Did We Do Enough? Thoughts on the Death of Whitney Houston

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 11:09 AM

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Whitney Houston, one of the greatest singing talents our world will ever know. She was simply one of the best. Her voice, her music, our shining Black princess on the cover of that iconic first album; before it went wrong, everything was...

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Our Burning House: A Eulogy for Biggie Smalls

(7) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 11:22 AM

I was a fan first.

Before I had the chance to talk and laugh and join him in his world, I was a fan of Notorious B.I.G..  From "Juicy," "Warning," "Unbelievable" and "One More Chance" to "Things Done Changed," "Dreams...," and all the cameos and remixes, there was a lot...

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