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Don’t Talk To Me About The Good Old Days

January 26, 2012 Jose
FireHose

As recently as last month, I saw someone tweet that cops always made their whole city feel safe, and #OccupyWallStreet inspired a distrust of the executive branch unlike any other. It’s probably not the first time a Black person had to say, “I told you so.” It’s also not the first time a Black person […]

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Such Dummies, or Why I Didn’t Have To Decode Jay-Z Like Y’all Did

November 6, 2011 Jose
Jay-Z's "Decoded"

I finally got around to reading Jay-Z’s Decoded after reading Kevin Nealon’s voyage towards fatherhood in Yes, You’re Pregnant, But What About Me? Rather than examining the contrasts of my literary interests, I prefer we discuss the last month of controversy I may or may not have sparked on the Interwebs with certain pieces I’ve […]

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I Am My Hair, Too

October 9, 2011 Jose

To look as fresh as some of us brothers do takes a certain amount of patience, skill, and discernment that people don’t understand until they’ve seen it in action. A brotha first observes the movements of their barber, looking at the prior customer’s face to measure their own satisfaction. Their space doesn’t need to be […]

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It’s ‘Cuz I’m Black, Right?

October 2, 2011 Jose

On this day in the year 1995, OJ Simpson was acquitted of all charges related to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. And it’s not my fault. I swear. My hands would have fit in those gloves for sure. I still don’t have enough money to hire the late Johnny Cochran. I […]

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U Black, Maybe [AfroLatino, Part Two]

September 19, 2011 Jose

When we talk about black maybe We talk about situations Of people of color and because you are that color You endure obstacles and opposition And not all the time from … from other nationalities Sometimes it comes from your own kind Or maybe even your own mind You get judged … you get laughed […]

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On Ridiculous Assertions By [Some] White Liberals

August 3, 2011 Jose
blacksuperman

Oh well-meaning “liberals,” you sound ridiculous even when you don’t realize it. I’d be more offended if I didn’t hear some of the nonsense from Black people, too. Whenever you say things like, What we need is more vocational schools and alternative schools so that our lower functioning kids can at least have a chance […]

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