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“I’m from Brooklyn, so I quote Jay-Z like pastors quote the Bible.

I truly believe that there’s a Hov line for any occasion; if you can’t think of one, then your knowledge of his catalog isn’t deep enough. But, I don’t have that problem because I love rap. I’m a fan of the old and the new. I lament that André 3000 hasn’t blessed us with an album in years, yet I still appreciate the contributions of Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Fivio Foreign. I miss the old Kanye but still bump “Closed on Sunday” because the chorus in…

A lifetime of being a ‘good Black’ is wearing me down

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Two weeks ago, my husband and I moved from New York City to Kingston, New York. As relocations upstate from Manhattan go, ours was a relatively smooth one, but it was still riddled with hiccups.

It was smooth in the sense that loading up, driving two hours, and unpacking was fairly easy. We hired movers to do all the heavy lifting, and we bought a used SUV the day before to get us from the Lower East Side to the Hudson Valley and around our new town.

The hiccups were mostly set in motion by a bit of negligence on…

Just Rankin’ Sh!t

Class is in session

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5. They’re all party schools

Name one scenario where people in their late teens and early twenties live exclusively in one community and shenanigans don’t ensue. We’ll wait. Those who trot out this tired stereotype with racist undertones willfully fail to mention the beer pong and keg stands and ratchet-ass underage students depicted in damn near every movie set at a White college ever. (All that said, nothing tops homecoming festivities at a Black college!)

4. HBCUs lack diversity

Sure, historically Black colleges and universities are Black as hell. But news flash: Black culture is not a monolith. Many of these schools attract students from all around the country…


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