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Chappelle’s return

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Last night, Dave Chappelle brought his “Block Party” tour to Philadelphia. Like the upcoming movie, which opens this week, the tour mixes Chapelle’s comedy with neo-soul (yes, I know that everybody hates that title. so do I) and hip-hop acts. The show began with Chappelle, who commented on current events[...]

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Huey Newton

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As Black History Month winds down, it is only fitting to think about the heroes from the freedom struggle who rarely get appropriate respect and attention. As Mumia Abu Jamal reminds us, Huey Newton has left an indelible, yet often unacknowledged, mark on American life. IN MEMORY OF THE MINISTER[...]

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R.I.P Octavia Butler

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One of Black America’s great science fiction writers joined the ancestors today. Best known for her amazing novel “Kindred,” which concerned a black woman who travels back in time to the South to save a white man, Butler became the first science fiction writer to win the prestigious McArthur “Genius”[...]

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Randal from the Apprentice

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Dr. Randal Pinkett (i.e. Randal from The Apprentice) came to Temple University to give a lecture about reducing violence. After rapping to the brother, I was even more impressed by his intellect, humility, and vision than I was on the show. It also became more apparent just how insensitive and[...]

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Bush’s Chickens Come Home

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According to today’s New York Times, the United Arab Emirates-based company Dubai Ports Worlds will “request” congressional review of its plan to operate six United States port terminals. Of course, this request comes after nearly one week of bad press (is there any other kind lately?) for the Bush administration,[...]

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