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Let’s Talk about Sex, Anna Mae and What Emmett Till Has to Do With It

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Do you remember that line from Lil Wayne’s guest verse on Future’s Karate Chop remix?: “I beat the pussy up like Emmett Till.” Folks were mad. Jesse Jackson was mad. Al Sharpton was mad. Stevie Wonder was mad. For many – including the Till family...

“F*ck A B!tch, Get a New Ho”: Snoop Reflects on Pimp Life

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“As a kid I dreamed of being a pimp,” Snoop Lion states in this month’s Rolling Stone magazine.  “I dreamed of having cars and clothes and bitches to match. I said, ‘Fuck it – I’m finna do it.’” And so during his Playboy Tour in...

Revenge Porn: A Dish Best Served By A Disgruntled Ex

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I’m old enough to remember a time when that naughty photo you sent to your boo was a Polaroid. After all, you couldn’t take it to the pharmacy to get developed.  But those days are so gone. Digital technology, in particular smartphones, have democratized photography...

Students Told to Create a Business Plan for Enslaving Africans

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I am furious. And hurt. As a historian, it is an honor to have the responsibility of storytelling. Indeed, our history is a collection of stories and a powerful instrument that expresses who we are, what we came from, how we struggle, and how we...

Afro Combs Don’t Kill: Demonizing Black Youth Culture

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Two weeks ago, black British teenager Rebecca Douglas was sentenced to at least 10 years for fatally stabbing her classmate, black teenager Julie Sheriff, in a street altercation. It was in May 2011 in South London – where I grew up and still live –...