Imus Strikes Back

Don Imus—the cowboy hat wearing, scurrilous-tongued former radio show host—is not going to go down without a fight. According to CNNMoney.com, Imus has hired a top First Amendment lawyer to sue CBS over a clause in his contract, which could give him a $40 million payday if he wins. The article states that the dispute: […]

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Blaming It All On Hip Hop

Can we really blame all of the inner city’s ills on Hip Hop? Since Hip Hop’s conception, lyrics have always been raw, in your face and crude. It has always made a certain class of people feel uncomfortable and threatened. It is a music that has transcended from one generation to the next. Hip Hop […]

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If You Could Wave A Magic Wand In The Black Community…

Tom Brokaw asked the question above to a young woman during a series on race in America entitled: "Separate and Unequal." Brokaw spent some time in Jackson, Miss., interviewing citizens—particularly in one community near Lanier High School—on the current condition and possible future of the Black community. I'll get to her response later. During the […]

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Black Leaders Are Waking Up

I uttered "Thank God" to myself after reading that Russell Simmons has started to take a stand against the negative music that is pumped into the minds of young Black people. He and other top music execs had a private closed door meeting on last week following the Don Imus incident that forced Black America—especially […]

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Don’t Snitch: Getting Away With Murder

This evening, 60 Minutes did a segment on "Don’t Snitch," the inner city rule were residents, who have witnessed a crime, do not to tell on fellow residents when questioned by law enforcement. I understand that some people do not come forward to police because they are afraid of getting killed for cooperating. There have […]

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Poetic Friday–Reasons

Hi Fam, I have decided to dedicate Fridays to poetry; so check back frequently to read my poems and other writings. ReasonsBy DeShuna Spencer I write to survive. My poetic flow gives me the will to stay alive in this world that is slowly decaying ever day around me; its beauty and innocence are cracking […]

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Tragedy Has No Color

The tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech on Monday, April 16 has turned our attention away from race and reminded us that America is not just black and white, and that tragedy is colorblind. We are made up of some many different  hues. We have many cultural backgrounds and worship anyway that we please. Anyone […]

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DeShuna’s Quest

I think there comes a time in most people’s lives when they feel God nudging them to do more, to say be and to be more. As I near the end of my 20s, I feel that now is my time to do something grand. I’m not exactly sure what it will be because I […]

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Is A Hoe A Hoe?

Michael Richards must be letting out a big sigh of relief. He is no longer the lone white racist who spews incorrect comments at the expense of Black folks. And once again, after a white man has said inappropriate comments, the finger has been pointed back at Black American. And that is a good thing. […]

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Yearning to Learn

For the past few months, the youth at my church have interviewed seniors and discussed their lives during service. One of the most interesting observations while listening to these oral histories was each senior’s extraordinary desire to receive an education. Most of the seniors were blessed to be able to attend high school and college. […]

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