One of the better things that has happened to me in the last year or so is that I have been more intentional about carving out time to cultivate my independent reading habit. Sure, everyone says they read but we all know there’s only really two types of readers: those that buy the books and […]
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Editors note: This is probably going to be one of my longer posts, maybe not, depends on how quickly I work it out. But if I go over my standard 1,500 characters so be it. So go get get the tea, coffee or print this bad boy out because I’m here until it’s done. A […]
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Okay, I watched the FAMU Sex Tape. I know I was supposed to give a response to Eddie Glaude’s article about the death of the Black Church, but this just seemed a bit more pressing. So some time last night, on Twitter of course, I started seeing one of my followers talk about a FAMU […]
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As I was writing the first post, I thought about the fact that there really is a segment of Christianity in this country that truly feels that politics and religion don’t mix. That is to say, that all they need to do is preach Jesus, and him crucified, dead, buried and resurrected and all will […]
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It’s kind of like the Civil War where brothers fought across the Mason-Dixon line. I don’t want to stain my faith. I don’t want to stain my fellow Muslims and I don’t want to stain my country’s flag.” — Ardi Arkun, 32, of Lindenhurst, N.Y., who joined the Marines in 2000 and was deployed to […]
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A couple of weeks ago, one of my professors had us read the “Mini-Apocalypse” in the biblical scriptures found in the Gospel of Matthew 24:3-8 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of […]
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I need to vent. Be aware, I’ve recently been watching Spike Lee Joints: “School Daze,” “Bamboozled,” and just this weekend “When The Levees Broke” which still had me fighting back tears. That being said, a few things I heard over the past week or so just made me angry and I just want to set […]
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The title comes from a scene in the Spike Lee movie Miracle at St. Anna, his WWII adaptation of James McBride’s novel. As the company was crossing the Serchio river into enemy territory, Chocolate Giant, Pvt. 1st Class Train asks the timid question “Why do we have to cross this river?” This past weekend, as my […]
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Hello to all you members of the Uppity Negro Network!! I’d like to invite the Network on a journey into the trials and tribulations of a third-year grad student who’s at his wits ends about graduating. Honestly, if anyone who reads this has some heads up on some opportunities PLEASE, OH PLEASE feel free to […]
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Sometime last week, while I was mid crisi mode about exams and what not, Chicago born rapper Common dropped a quote to linking President-elect Barack Obama to the hip hop community. Obama “is going to change hip-hop for the better,” predicted the rapper, whose eighth album, “Universal Mind Control” (G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen), hits shelves Tuesday. “I […]
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