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When racist thugs confront me, I always stand my ground

Fist punching a red wall.
Fist punching a red wall.
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I’ve been lucky. For most of my life, I’ve taken a stand, called out cheats, and maintained a strong sense of justice. I can’t stand back and watch people get mistreated when some bigot decides to have a go.


Welcome to Minority Report, a weekly newsletter from the LEVEL team that packs an entire week into a single email. From learning how to hear other people’s perspectives to the week in racism, from pop-culture picks to a must-read LEVEL story, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. If you’re loving what you’re reading, tell a friend to tell a friend.


Their ‘thuggish ruggish’ doo-wop and rapid raps spoke to the turbulence of inner cities during the ’90s

Rappers Bizzy Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perform at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois in April 1995. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Recalling and recording the internal machinations you had when you were younger can make for beautiful essays. But other than a few key details, I don’t remember much about the first time I witnessed a drive-by.


JUST RANKIN’ SH!T

Get your kinara out!

Photo illustration; source: “Proud Family”/Disney Plus

4. ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ (Season 3, Episode 10)

There are lots of reasons some folks might ditch Christmas and embrace celebrating Kwanzaa — heritage, the associated principles, taking part in a candle-lighting counterpart to Hanukkah — but for Julius (played by Terry Crews), it’s all about being frugal.

3. ‘The Black Candle’

Wanna get lit while learning the history and customs behind Kwanzaa? This Maya Angelou-narrated documentary is the perfect starter kit.

2. ‘Rugrats’ (Season 7, Episode 13)

Now, this is how you power past tokenism. Susie, the Black toddler of the Rugrats crew (voiced by Cree Summer), takes center stage in this episode about cultural discovery and self-esteem that earned an NAACP Image Award.

1. ‘The Proud Family’ (Season 1, Episode 11)

The crème de…


Halloween may be a night for tricks, treats, and ghouls for most kids, but it meant an entirely different kind of celebration for those growing up in the Black church…


How much longer can a person act as if being pro-life and anti-marriage equality supersedes all other Christian values?

Liberty University students at a Trump rally in 2016. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Last Tuesday, during a 50-minute interview on Fox & Friends, President Trump claimed that Joe Biden wants to take away God from Texans.


For centuries, Afro-Latinx faiths have been misunderstood and slandered as “demonic practices”

A Cuban Santera, a priest of the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion, walks past a line of people to pay tribute and to write in the condolence book for late Eusebio Leal, Havanas historian. Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images

As an Afro-Latino growing up in Honduras, I became exposed to many misunderstandings regarding the Afro-Latinx community and Afro-Latinx culture in the United States, especially our religious experience. Teachers, parents, church, and society told us that the practices of Voodoo, Santeria, Candomblé, and Palo were considered the worship of the devil.


A shocking new expose reveals distance learning software Acellus has a disturbing backstory and problematic coursework

For most parents of school-aged children, distance learning has been a pain in the ass—just another way that the coronavirus pandemic has made life more difficult than ever. Few have the multitasking ability to monitor their kid as they try to absorb a teacher’s lesson plan through a computer screen, all while the parent is likely doing his or her own remote work. For many parents, the whole thing has been a nightmare.

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