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The Lure of Street Life, Revealed

Published on 31 Dec 2006 at 2:47 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under black culture,poverty.

The Washington Post updated its fascinating Being a Black Man series today with a profile of notorious D.C. hustler Anthony Marcellus James (aka A.J.) that delves into the complex, contradictory world of street life. This piece is my favorite of the series so far—it manages to make the motivations of drug pushers, users, and killers […]

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Russell Simmons a PR Puppet for the Diamond Industry? Simmons=Diamond Industry’s New Best Friend?

Published on 23 Dec 2006 at 5:25 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under commercialism,entertainment,news/politics,poverty,racism.

Apparently, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is the diamond industry’s new best friend. Simmons just returned from a nine-day fact-finding mission to South Africa and Botswana after an invitation from the industry’s Diamond Information Center. The Diamond Information Center handles public relations in the United States for the Diamond Trading Company, the marketing division of De […]

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Patriarchy and Poverty: a Deadly Combination for African Women

Published on 1 Dec 2006 at 12:17 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under news/politics,poverty,women's issues/feminism.

Madagascar. Three years ago, a young woman named Kenia was sexually assaulted by her uncle, Justin Betombo. A report was filed, medical records secured and a confession signed by Betombo, but all of those files submitted to the prosecutor are now missing. The prosecutor in charge says that she has no record or memory of […]

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The Destruction of the Black Family . . . by the NYPD

Published on 27 Nov 2006 at 10:13 am. 28 Comments.
Filed under ignorance,news/politics,poverty,racism,radical politics.

This is one of the saddest stories I’ve read in a while. It’s a story about a 23-year old brother named Sean Bell who was killed on the day of his wedding by the NYPD who let off 50 shots into his car. He was, of course, unarmed. In addition to his wife, he left […]

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Why We Die Young

Published on 18 Sep 2006 at 9:11 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under blackonomics,poverty,racism.

Jabari Asim’s got a sobering look at the grim stats of black male life expectancy over at Truthdig. It includes a few eyebrow-raising facts, such as that a middle-aged man in Bangladesh or West Africa has the same or greater life expectancy than a black man of comparable demographics living in inner-city America. But what […]

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