Brief Letters to People Who May Never Hear These Truths

October 12, 2011
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By Anthony Dean-Harris To Every Woman I’ve Ever Encountered Who Wonders Why I Won’t Call (Especially My Grandparents) To Whom It May Concern (Generally people with two X chromosomes): I’m sure you’re wondering why you’re receiving any correspondence from me at all. Outside of random Facebook posts and face to face conversation, I know you […]

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Black Folks Say the Vaguest Things!

October 12, 2011
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by Kyla Marshell Have you ever noticed, dear brothers and sisters, the things our people say with great frequency that have little to no meaning? Empty phrases, colloquialisms, particular to our culture. “Ums.” And I have no idea what any of them actually mean. I’m just trynna maintain This one has the potential to have […]

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Is It Love?

September 28, 2011
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by Kyla Marshell Take me all the way back to 15, when I loved everything with my whole body, when the slightest touch shot me straight up, shuddering, so aware of my skin. Take me back to first kisses and slow dances, best friends forever, your jagged half of the heart inseparable from mine. A […]

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Food Politik

September 28, 2011
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by Karas Lamb This city extends from the requisite concrete and steel into an altered universe where grass and foliage jut from fields that buttress aging enclaves and apartment blocks, interrupting all indicators of humanity, as if to suggest they were here first. Not a point to be argued, but more a circumstance to be […]

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Rhythm in Life

September 28, 2011
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by Anthony Dean-HarrisSome months ago, I attended a musician’s master class officiated by jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton. That Monday afternoon, Payton spoke of a great many things on listening to one another, the versatility of artistic voice, and self-judgment, but the notion that stuck with we most that day was the importance of timing. Payton […]

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They Would Never Be Caught in a Keffiyeh, Though

September 28, 2011
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by Alexander Brown Longtime readers (Hi, Mom!) will recognize that I have a longstanding beef with college republicans as a whole. And it isn’t just because of their completely nonsense style of debating punctuated by Ronald Reagan quotes, the fact all of them are issued a seemingly endless supply of sweater vests upon high school […]

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On Education

September 14, 2011
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by Alexander P. Brown Okay, we can all agree that education in this country is sorely lacking. It may not be India lacking, but it’s pretty low for a first world country who allocates in educational funding for each mini-human the price of a used Honda Civic until they hit eighteen. It’s why films such […]

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