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Covid-19 made me go to war with my former idol

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Let’s face it: Every Black person has at least one White icon they idolize.

Elvis Aron Presley doesn’t mean shit to most of my Black friends, but he does to me. Instead of falling in love with White rock and “blue-eyed soul” icons like so many of them did, I…

I stopped using the word in my twenties — but long before then, I realized its power

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To call the word “nigga” complex is an understatement. Even calling “complex” an understatement is an understatement.

Black people have a thorny, painful, multifaceted relationship with the word. To assume its usage is cut and dried — even among us — is absurd. Some consider it a way to defang…

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