Is 'New Amerykah' More of the Same?

“What if there were no niggas, only master teachers?” Bilal and Georgia Anne Muldrow co-croon on the eighth track of Erykah Badu’s lastest disc, New Amerykah. Their reply to one another: “I’d stay ‘woke.”

They go on asking the same question and offering the same answer for the first two minutes of the song, [...]

Will Someone Please Stick a Fork in Will.i.am.?

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Enough already, Hollywood. We get it. You want to throw whatever weight you have behind Obama. But shouldn’t Will.i.am have quit while he was ahead here? His latest support video just screams “one too many!” and comes off as less about the promotion of the words, ideals, and inspiration of the candidate himself and [...]

Ugly Incident in South Africa Evokes Painful Past.

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The video invokes painful historical imagery — older and larger black women dressed in maids uniforms, sitting on their knees before several 20-something white men. Speaking in Afrikaans, the men call the women whores, and the women call the men master, a term blacks were forced to use during apartheid when addressing whites. Duped [...]

A Country Full of Jailbirds.

The Pew Center on the States released a study yesterday that found that for the first time ever, one in every 100 Americans is in a prison or jail. That’s 2,319,258 people — a population bigger than that of Baltimore and Philadelphia combined.

The report also found that for all the money being spent [...]

Matt Santos: Change We Can Believe In.

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I used to be a pretty big fan of The West Wing, hokey as it could be. And ever since Barack Obama announced his run, I kept thinking of how similar he seemed to Matt Santos, the fictional Democratic congressman played by Jimmy Smits who was running for president.

At the [...]

The Constitution is…Constitutional.

Our very smart homies over at edge of the west remind us that 80-some years ago today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of women’s right to vote.

On this day in 1922, the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Leser v. Garnett, ruled that the Nineteenth Amendment to [...]

After 43 Days, Newark's Respite Is Over.

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Newark has been trying to drive down its homicide toll, with Mayor Cory Booker running around in the last days of 2007 trying to importune his cops to do something to stanch the bloodshed in Brick City (crime reduction was one of the issues on which he’d run for [...]

The Tragic Death of Lawrence King.

Lawrence King, a 15-year-old student at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, CA, already had it pretty rough. He was a foster child who lived in a home for troubled and abused children. And then he came out to his classmates as gay several weeks ago, wearing makeup and jewelry, and drawing the [...]