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America, Black Bodies, Community, Jaime Lee Lewis, Mental Health, R Kelly, Social Media, Society, Surviving R Kelly -

  Surviving R Kelly was long and emotionally exhausting. By Episode 3, I was beyond clear on my conviction, R Kelly was the piece of sht I had always regarded him to be. I grieved over  his catalogue like [you know] adopted friends and family that become the casualties of a messy break up. I thought I knew the R Kelly story: boy gets raped; grows up to become a rapist; sex tape; conflicting stances within the community; the collective and contradictory stepping “in the name of love”, ushered by the sounds of the Pied Piper; R Kelly decreases in...

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America, Black Bodies, Community, Jaime Lee Lewis, Leadership, Lynchings, Musings, Self Awareness, Social Media, Society, Sociology -

  The Nike ad featuring Colin Kaepernick was not a win for the Black community nor did it directly address the issue of police brutality. A day after the unveiling of the brilliant Nike Ad, Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man is killed in his own home, murder mystery style, and Justice for his family and community is still pending - per usual. While members of the Black community scramble to find Justice for yet another slain, Nike proudly announces a 10 percent rise in revenue to $9.95 billion and a 15 percent jump in profit to $1.1 billion in...

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Community, Government, Identity, Leadership, Self Awareness, Sociology -

The issue of Kanye-Trump is that we as a people hate White Supremacists but we love the luxuries of White Supremacy. For Kanye West to side with a White man who promotes the White Supremacist agenda is fair reason to generate backlash from the Black community, understandably. However, misogynistic lyrics including the (at one time) constant public shaming of his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose; the large glorification of Victorian aesthetics throughout much of his Art Direction; his disproportionate celebration of women of lighter hue (note, Kanye's only publicized relationships where with women of lighter skin, while his darker girlfriends of earlier...

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