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‘Fruitvale Station’ and America’s Attitudes Toward a Hip-Hop Generation

There are striking similarities between Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station (which opened nationwide on July 26) and the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Based on a true story, the film chronicles the last hours of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black male who was shot in the back by an officer while laying face down in handcuffs. Martin, 17, who has become the country’s new poster child for injustice and racism in America, too, was killed as a result of a firearm by the hands of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood vigilante. Both Oscar and Trayvon were unarmed young Black men who happen… Continue Reading

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EBONY: ‘Kanye West and the Black Man’s Burden’

Check out my latest opinion piece on EBONY.com… With the country’s divisiveness as of late, one thing we all can agree on is that Kanye West is a bit much. Even President Barack Obama agrees. Once again, the controversial Chicagoan has made headlines for tussling with a paparazzo for his camera outside the LAX airport, because the pap broke Kanye’s golden rule: do not talk to him…ever! Now, ‘Ye may be facing felony charges for attempted robbery. On the surface, this is a classic case of someone trying to get a little cash for his troubles (it’s reported the cameraman also suffered… Continue Reading