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Why I Still Love Hip Hop Part 3: Outkast Coachella 2014 Full Set

Why I Still Love Hip Hop Part 3: Outkast Coachella 2014 Full Set

Outkast star at First Ave

Outkast star at First Ave (Photo credit: emoeby)

If you are over forty with children your Spring Break days of partying are basically over, but Outkast’s performance at Coachella 2014 took me back.  Andre and Big Boy put in work and made it perfectly clear that being 40 is just the beginning of being really freakin cool.  Starting off with Internationally Known and rocking it to the very end;…

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Dr. Joy DeGruy on Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.

Evicted

Boxes and scattered memories strewn

Sharecroppers at roadside after eviction (1936)

Sharecroppers at roadside after eviction (1936) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

across the wood floor of the townhouse.

We weren’t exactly evicted,

but I knew it was coming.

I wanted to preserve some dignity.

Preservation, Survival, same difference,

different but the same.

A statistic and growing circumstance,

14% unemployment rates among African Americans,

It was…

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Domestic Violence Statistics for African American Women

Domestic Violence Statistics for African American Women

Woman Praying for Girl

As we celebrate Women’s History month, and in light of the pending case of Marissa Alexander, I thought it would be useful to note some statistics on domestic violence and African American women.  Although the statistics are alarming I am not at all surprised.  We have seen a massive effort to address the issues of African American women’s health and its connection to diabetes, stroke, heart…

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A Common Occurrence

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A punch, kick, slap or strangulation

Can never be mistaken for anything else,

It’s just a common domestic disturbance.

You can find it almost anywhere,

Under beds, in closets, and medicine cabinets.

Violence towards women was and is COMMON.

The woman at work, wearing a black and blue shade of eye shadow,

No, not a new fashion trend.

Just COMMON domestic violence!

The woman next door with…

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Dis Ain’t Yo Granddaddy’s Cold War

Dis Ain’t Yo Granddaddy’s Cold War

The criticism of President Obama’s response, or lack of one, to Putin’s occupation of Ukraine is more or less about domestic politics or domestic collaborator classes (wagging the dog).  I have been watching the crisis in Ukraine unfold and like everyone else, I felt it was reminiscent of the Cold War. I then through into the mix the context of the 21st century and the technological revolution.…

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Double Standard

Demonstrating a stunning abuse of power, Florida State Prosecutor, Angela Corey, announced that she aims to increase the prison sentence for Marissa Alexander from 20 to 60 years in the upcoming July 28th trial.  

Double Standard

Demonstrating a stunning abuse of power, Florida State Prosecutor, Angela Corey, announced that she aims to increase the prison sentence for Marissa Alexander from 20 to 60 years in the upcoming July 28th trial.  

Second wave of snow accumulation over five inches in the DMV Metro Area.  Pictures courtesy of SCP.

Snowmageddon 2014 Second wave of snow accumulation over five inches in the DMV Metro Area.  Pictures courtesy of SCP.
When you mess with my money you have my attention!

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western powers on Sunday prepared a tough response to Russia’s military advance into Ukraine and warned that Moscow could face economic penalties, diplomatic isolation and bolstered allied defenses in Europe unless it retreats.

When you mess with my money you have my attention!

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western powers on Sunday prepared a tough response to Russia’s military advance into Ukraine and warned that Moscow could face economic penalties, diplomatic isolation and bolstered allied defenses in Europe unless it retreats.