Crack Dens, Houses, Heads and Babies: Five Myths of the Crack Cocaine Epidemic

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The mythology of the crack cocaine epidemic misdirects the devastation of persistent social inequities to cautionary tales of crack houses, crack heads and crack babies. Yet the emergence of myth is a predictable response within a society that too often places the blame on those victimized by social marginalization. While there is no doubt that […]

Inspiration and Mis-Education

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[vimeo http://vimeo.com/37409374] You can read the entire text of “The Mis-Education of the Negro” here. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915, will have its annual convention in Pittsburgh in September.  This year’s Black History theme is Black Women in American Culture and History. […]

Color me Igbo

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Half of a Yellow Sun, a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been the recent focus of movie execs and members of the Igbo community in Southern Nigeria. A petition, developed by Ashley Akunna, is protesting the casting of Thandie Newton as the film adaptation’s lead character. Newton is an acclaimed actress who has gained […]

Black History “The House Down”

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[vimeo http://vimeo.com/36793985] Robin explains that yes, Black History Month is more than a month. But February is a great opportunity to support grassroots organizations and local institutions. She encourages you to enjoy yourself and Black History “The House Down”.  For more information on Carter G. Woodson and the legacy of Black History Month, check out […]

Stop Shootin’

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuU7bEqKcLk] A few days ago, an old friend from London came to New York for a visit.  Cora’s trip was brief, but we managed to sneak in a dinner and catch up since our last lunch date 4 years ago.  After chatting about the usual things–school, family, love–I asked her to fill me in on […]