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Chester Hanks, Using the N-word is Not All Love

Chester Hanks aka Chet Haze, son of beloved actor Tom Hanks, says he can say whatever he wants. More specifically, Haze is referring to the N-word. In a recent video posted to his Instagram account, he says “can’t no one tell me what I can’t say” after trying to link his insensitive and ignorant defiance to Hip Hop as he defines it. The accompanying text clarifies what he means and goes on to justify his use by trying to say that it’s a term of endearment for him and even invoking the constitution. If I say the word nigga I...

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President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union: Not Your Average Lame Duck

“Do not go gentle into that good night.” – Dylan Thomas This very well could have been what President Obama had going into his 2015 State of the Union address because he sure didn’t deliver a speech like a lame duck. Obama spoke like someone who is not only still on the job but with purpose and resolve.  It doesn’t sound like he intends to roll over to an opposition controlled Congress regardless if he has no more campaigns to win. He won both of them. This is a president who spoke of hope in America and of change in...

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Top 5 Twitter Hashtag Fails by Brands of 2014

Twitter is a wonderful yet harsh world. The benefits are many for people, movements, brands, and marketers. It can expand the potential range of your voice and the message you are trying to deliver. It’s a media where the usual controls of what we see and hear aren’t effective. Brands trying to navigate that sea of online reality can win big or fail miserably. This is about failing miserably because this is the Internet and fails are golden. A common hashtag on Twitter is #nofilter because the Internet can be brutally honest. A brand trying to capitalize on the potential of...

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2 Cops Dead – NYPD Declares War on Black People

View image | gettyimages.com Earlier today, a tragedy occurred in Brooklyn, NY.  Two police officers were shot and killed while in their patrol car by a deranged person who earlier in the day had shot is girlfriend in the stomach. The death of the police officers was not warranted – they did not deserve it. As soon as we got word of what happened, we immediately began telling everyone to be extra vigilant.  Why? Because we expected right wing media and conservatives to pounce on this and paint a broad stroke across all of us (black people).  In addition to the police...

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Only Black people riot

It’s a belief that is most certainly not true yet often believed and repeated. Mainstream media, social media, talking heads, pundits (indie or otherwise) have been in over drive in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. The accompanying protests and riots fill timelines, news feeds, streams, and airwaves. The ugly sides of some people are on full display in 140-characters or less. In the discussions, people may and will disagree yet no matter how much they try to justify their point, the words...