The Black Power Mixtape

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXQxyYllXnM&feature=player_embedded] Black is beautiful, but black isn’t power. Knowledge is power. -Lewis H. Michaux As a young girl who grew up in the Bronx and attended public school, my US history courses touched on the subject of the Civil Rights Movement in the most basic ways: Martin Luther King, Jr. was good, Malcolm X was […]

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 […]