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Terrorism Reimagined

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I am a sophomore at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, which is the first interracial and coeducational institution in the south, and also the alma mater of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  I major in African and African American Studies and Spanish. This weekend I had an opportunity to travel with the department to Montgomery, Alabama. Our journey to Montgomery was two-fold. Besides being a key city in...

How the NBA and YouTube TV Swindled Me Out of $50

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After obsessively checking the interwebs for weeks to see when NBA League Pass would be available on YouTube TV, I decided to take matters into my own hands yesterday. I contacted YouTube TV customer support to get an update. I started a chat session and the agent promptly told me that she had no information regarding League Pass being added to YouTube TV. I was disappointed but not dismayed...

The Pyrex Dish that Served Up Emmys for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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Last night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won 8 Emmy Awards including Best Comedy Series. A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to start watching the Amazon Prime series. I had read that the show was critically acclaimed and that it had previously won several awards so as it nears the premiere of Season 2, I decided to take it out for a test drive. I am very critical of television series, especially...

The Millennial Corporate Rehabilitation Campaign

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Throughout my quarter century of life, I have been witness to one of the most staggering transformations of my generation,  as we have come closer to inheriting leadership role in the world that reared us.  As we come of age as the largest generation in adulthood we are expected to take the reins of our economic system and all of the totalizing wealth that comes along with that responsibility...

Serena Williams vs. Double Standards and Sexism

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The stage was set for a historic 2018 US Open Women’s final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday. The match took place exactly 50 years to the day when the stadium’s namesake defeated Tom Okker of The Netherlands to become the first black man to win the coveted title. I’m sure that most envisioned the story ending with Serena hoisting the winner’s trophy over...

Nike and Kaepernick Want You to Believe in Something – Their Bottomline

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Jemele Hill in what is probably one of her last acts as an employee at ESPN wrote an op-ed today for The Undefeated about Nike’s 30th Anniversary of the “Just Do It” Campaign that features Colin Kaepernick. In the piece, Hill speaks the absolute truth, but in doing so she unwittingly undermines the whole notion of speaking truth to power, the very thing that she supposedly did that brought her...

Interview on NPR’s The Takeaway on Gospel Music

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Following the article I did on gospel music for The Undefeated, WYNC’s The Takeaway invited me on the show to discuss the state of gospel in the wake of Aretha Franklin’s passing. Before Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, made a mark with mainstream hits, she was a gospel icon. Like many famous singers, her career began in the church. Aretha’s father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, was a famous...

King in the Wilderness

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I watched the HBO documentary King in the Wilderness last night. It was a first person account of the last year of MLK’s life from those in his inner-circle who are still alive. A dozen years removed from his entrance onto the national stage with his leadership during the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and just a few years since the historic I Have a Dream speech and the landmark Civil Rights...

The NFL is a TV Show and Covets its Audience More than its Players

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In the wake of the controversy surrounding the national anthem protests around police brutality spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick in 2016, many pundits have said that the NFL is like a TV Show and that the protests are bad for ratings and thus bad for advertisers and business.  The collision of the announcement of the decision by the NFL, to in essence outlaw protests during the national anthem...

Wynton Marsalis, Hip Hop and Robert E. Lee

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My friend and former colleague, Grammy Award and Pulitzer prize winning artist Wynton Marsalis made a statement during an appearance on Jonathan Capehart’s podcast Cape Up that has set the internet ablaze.  During an interview promoting his new work The Ever Funky Lowdown, a piece for jazz orchestra, voice with narration that critiques the tribal game that is used to exploit us all, Capehart was...

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