08Sep/12

Sometimes it Lasts…But Sometimes it Hurts Instead

“Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.” -Adele The photo above was taken at a surprise party for Todd Barr on September 8, 2002–his last birthday on earth. I

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25Jun/12

Did Michael Jackson’s Escape to Whiteness Add to His Success?

♥♥♥ Michael Jackson died on June 25th, 2009, but not before gifting the world with his amazing talent–and not before he faded before our eyes into a white-skinned man. Today, as Katherine

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14Feb/12

Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

“If I should die this very day, don’t cry, ’cause on Earth we wasn’t meant to stay…” -Whitney Houston (Your Love is My Love) Forgive me for being blunt, but my grandmother died

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10Jan/12

Gordon Hirabayashi, 1918-2012

If you don’t know the name Gordon Hirabayashi, you should. He is an indisputable hero and icon of American history. Best known for being one of the few people to openly defy

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25Jun/11

Two Years After His Death the Spirit of Michael Jackson Keeps Brazilian Kids Out of Trouble

In memory of Michael Jackson on this, the 2nd Anniversary of his death, a little something that would make him smile: [embedplusvideo height=”298″ width=”480″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/3-XsLT2K1to?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=3-XsLT2K1to&width=480&height=298&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep6346″ /] And, for your viewing

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16Jun/11

‘Black Like Me’ White Author Darkened His Skin to Write About "Being Black"

Today is my birthday. And Tupac’s Too. Another June 16th human being I really love is John Howard Griffin. I hope you already know all about this man, but if not, he

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16Jun/11

Happy Birthday Tupac

Yes, I am aware of the news that broke yesterday about Dexter Isaac confessing to shooting ‘Pac back in 1994. But, I don’t feel like writing a story about that today. Not

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06Jun/11

Tupac’s Godfather Geronimo Ji-Jaga: The Definition of Tragedy Turned Triumph

Geronimo Ji-Jaga died Thursday, June 2nd in Tanzania, Africa. [embedplusvideo height=”387″ width=”480″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/iqgdF2foAA0?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=iqgdF2foAA0&width=480&height=387&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep1895″ /] Music in the video: “The Fire” by The Roots f. John Legend I’m the definition of

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02Jun/11

Scott Heron’s Music ‘Reflected Black Anger’ (WTH ?!) I Can’t…

On Friday, May 27th, 2011, Gil Scott-Heron died, and it was up to the rest of us left here on Earth to decide whether that mattered much. Within hours, the Internet began buzzing about

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27Dec/10

Teena Marie’s Last Words Were Wishes

It is beyond tragic that Teena Marie, who at age 54 had so much more living to do, died in her sleep on Christmas night–the very same night her only child, Alia

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14Dec/10

Prince William will be able to say the word “Mummy” again soon

“Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” -Diana, Princess of Wales If you’re like me, that whole Disney-style princess thing is one huge turnoff. I mean really, what self-respecting mother

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