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Black Entrepreneurs take over Miami for Black Tech Week

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Last week, on February 15, 2016, some of the most enterprising entrepreneurs of color convened in Miami, Florida to pitch start-ups and ventures at the Power Moves Miami Conference, a space filled with innovation and discovery.

In 2014, CEO Earl Robinson launched PowerMoves Nola, a national initiative to connect entrepreneurs of color to mentors, capital, support and investment opportunities. So far, PowerMoves has already helped nearly 100 companies secure more than $27 million in capital commitments. This year, PowerMoves expanded to the sandy beaches of Miami to join Black Tech Week. Sponsors Morgan Stanley and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invested a whopping $1.2 million to support the launch and planting, seeking to grant access to resources that entrepreneurs of color have historically been denied.

While there, PowerMoves Miami held numerous intensive and informative boot camps that allowed entrepreneurs to walk away with sound advice. There were also several pitch competitions that provided entrepreneurs with the opportunity to pitch their ideas and win nearly $25,000.

Statistically, within the marketplace, Black and Hispanic students earn nearly 20 percent of computer science degrees, but make up only 9 percent of the technology industry and less than 1 percent of technology company founders. Additionally, according to data analysis from Silk, African-Americans and Latinos make up only 4 percent and 5 percent of the overall tech workforce, respectively. Through forming strategic partnerships, PowerMoves and its partners are actively removing the barriers that prevent entrepreneurs from entering and competing in the marketplace.

Carla Harris, Morgan Stanley’s Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor, discussed the importance of having events like PowerMoves Miami. Impressed by the caliber of entrepreneurs at this year’s conference, she stated, “PowerMoves Miami has been able to source high quality, high growth entrepreneurs and develop them.” She predicted that PowerMoves Miami will be the place for great investors and entrepreneurs of color to meet and build with one another. “This will be the place where you will be able to find entrepreneurs of color on a larger scale.”

Sheila Herrling, Case Foundation’s SVP of Social Innovation, said the same. In a conversation, Herrling mentioned that the obstacles preventing the visibility of entrepreneurs of color is due to the standard myths of entrepreneurism which, in turn, affects participation. To offset this, she shared, we must “tap into the social capital” that entrepreneurs of color possess-something she feels PowerMoves is doing in real time.

Earl Robinson, CEO of PowerMoves and the New Orleans Startup fund, stated that, “people tend to overcomplicate entrepreneurship. When a really talented entrepreneur receives the right capital it can assist his/her community. PowerMoves was put in place to “even out the unevenness of wealth distribution in some communities and make sure those communities have heroes that are well resourced.” Of the 11 female entrepreneurs of color to ever accrue over a million dollars for their companies, 4 came through PowerMoves. This impressive track record speaks to the tremendous impact of this organization and highlights the fact that the fast growing number of entrepreneurs in the U.S. are black women, who have grown in number by an outstanding 322% since 1997 (Fortune).

Relocating from NOLA, the 2016 PowerMoves Conference worked in conjunction with Black Tech Week to inject African American and Afro Caribbean entrepreneurs into Miami’s financial ecosystem. Felicia Fletcher, founder of Black Tech Week, asserted that: “You have to build the city that you want. Black Tech Week is our gift to the ecosystem in Miami... There is such genius and raw talent in our community. We don’t need to leave our community to be successful.” She was echoed by the Knight Foundation’s Matt Hagan, who affirmed the viability of Black businesses in stating, “Ecosystems are what we focus on. Diversity is our competitive advantage.”

PowerMoves Miami is a shining example of black innovation and ingenuity. It has set a new precedent for entrepreneurs of color and affirms the widespread belief that our leaders are already among us.

For me, to see entrepreneurs of color coalesce from across the country to pitch, share, and develop their ideas was awe-inspiring. Over the past few years, there has been a call for Black communities to take ownership over their commerce. At Black Tech Week, our community came together to do just that. PowerMoves Miami proved that it’s time to for Black entrepreneurs to step into the spotlight and shine in their brilliance. With a tremendous need to see entrepreneurs of color make an impact in their communities and in the economy at-large, PowerMoves Miami is a much needed resource. With the success of Black Tech Week, it is my hope that this model is duplicated across the country. Innovative minds nationwide have much to gain from such a resourceful and forward-thinking organization.

Selma at CAAM In LA

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11800466_1033461986678941_3724557572329430917_n On August 9th 2015, the California African American Museum hosted its monthly Sunday cultural experience, Target Sundays. An event that brings in community members, contemporary artists, cultural historians, activists, and leaders to celebrate the diversity and achievements of the African Diaspora.

This month, CAAM offered a FREE screening of Ava DuVernay's Oscar award-winning film, Selma Movie. The atmosphere was live and joyous over the a love of art, culture, and live entertainment.

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At the event I took the initiative to interview several Los Angeles community members about their thoughts on the movie Selma, #BlackLivesMatter, the effectiveness of marches and protests, and ultimately, their definitions of justice.

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Not only did we have an amazing time under the stars, we carved out time to acknowledge the ones who've paved the way for us to be here. If you didn't make it out this month, come on out next time.  It's sure to be a wonderful time with family and friend that you won't likely want to miss!

THANKS AGAIN to Target and the California African American Museum for such a wonderful event!

 All photos + video were taken by Makiah Green.


cropped-cropped-p1130772Tyree Boyd-Pates is a man on a mission. As a writer, he aspires to expound on Black culture from a millennial perspective and unite and empower communities through journalism and social media. A Master’s in African American Studies, he also is the creator of#TheCut, a brand new podcast! You can follow him on Twitter: @Tyreebp.

5 things Raven-Symonè Still Doesn't Know About Africa | List

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 Recently, Raven-Symone´ showed us all the importance of knowing where you come from – or at least the need to brush up on it.

By now, everyone has heard about Raven-Symonè's various racial identities during television interviews. From her notorious interview with Oprah explaining her exhaustion of wearing the label of African-American. To a recent interview, when she declared that she too originated “From every continent in Africa, except one.” And even more, her latest quip discriminating against hiring other Black people with ethnic sounding names. *Face Palm*

So, in light of her attempts at African geography + racial bias (and, to respond to all the shade thrown at her on Twitter), I thought it would be more educational to compile a list of several seldom known things about her Motherland. All of which paint a more accurate picture of just how illustrious Africa is.

Enjoy!

  1. Africa is actually this LARGE. 

    Turns out the standard projection of the world MASSIVELY underestimates Africa’s true size. According to Kai Krause, Africa is actually large enough to fit the U.S.A, China, India, Japan & most of Europe - inside of its borders.

  2. Africa currently holds 1.1 billion of the earths population and is expected to nearly quadruple. 

    According to the UNICEF, A new report from UNICEF, Generation 2030 | Africa, shows in the next 35 years, 1.8 billion babies will be born in Africa; the continent’s population will double in size; and its under-18 population will increase by two thirds to reach almost 1 billion.

  3. Africans are the most genetically diverse group  across the world.  

    According to a sweeping study found in the Washington Post  that carried researchers into remote regions to sample the bloodlines of more than 100 distinct populations, it was found that all humans today are the direct descendants of African people. The study points to an area along the Namibia-South Africa border, the homeland of the San people, as the starting point for a southwest-to-northeast migratory route that carried people through Africa and across the Red Sea into Eurasia. 

  4. The oldest known fossil of a human was found in Africa - Ethiopia to be exact. 

    This is Lucy, or at least her remains, found in Ethiopia in 1974. The oldest known fossil ever found, Lucy is 3.2 million years old and is classified as a hominid. When Lucy was discovered it was earth shattering. Not only because of her age, but it confirmed that Africa, in fact, is the birthplace of humanity.

  5. The Ancient Egyptians were actually African people.

    Widely debated in academic circles,  the Ancient Egyptians were in fact Africans. Often to be assumed to be of  European or Arab descent, Egypt's inhabitants, as seen on hieroglyphs and murals in the tombs of temples, confirm the skin complexion of those who designed the pyramids.

    Cheik Anta Diop, Author of The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality said the same in regards to Egyptian complexion: “In practice it is possible to determine directly the skin color and hence the ethnic affiliations of the ancient Egyptians by microscopic analysis in the laboratory; I doubt if the sagacity of the researchers who have studied the question has overlooked the possibility.” Deep, right?

Bonus: All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the “scramble for Africa”, except Ethiopia and Liberia.

Between 1814 and 1914 marked the period as to which European powers began the invasion, occupation, colonization, and annexation of African territory from African people.

Specifically, It was at the Berlin conference of 1884 that began the sectioning off of Africa to avoid warring with one another. This conference, would inevitably lead to the impoverishment we see in Africa today; having all of its resources stripped and stolen and used for foreign wealth.


These are just a few of the seldom known things about Africa. Do you have any of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments..


z_zuuHBm_400x400Tyree Boyd-Pates is a man on a mission. As a writer, he aspires to expound on Black culture from a millennial perspective and unite and empower communities through journalism and social media. A Master’s in African American Studies, he also is the creator of #TheCut, a brand new podcast! You can follow him on Twitter: @Tyreebp.

On Mo’ne, SAE, & The Burden of Black Forgiveness

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Mo’ne Davis, an All-American little league pitcher was called a “slut” by a White male college student after receiving a movie deal from Disney. In equally outrageous news, SAE chant leader, Levi Pettit, called a press conference to collect support from the Black community in Oklahoma after leading a rendition of a colonial lynching song.

Although both incidents were commenced by white male students, both incidents became black people’s responsibility, as we were left to bear the burden of forgiveness.

Is it me, or is anyone else frustrated that there is an implicit expectation on Black people to absolve the guilt and racist behavior of white people?

We recently witnessed Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old black girl, express maturity in her magnanimous approach to forgive despite being called a whore by an adult. And instead of seeking any kind of retribution, Mo’ne turned the other cheek – going so far as to request that the college student be reinstated to his sports team. And though this act of forgiveness was a very noble thing to do, I’m frustrated by the implicit cost she had to pay for it.

After forgiving the man who called her a slut, many on social media celebrated Mo’ne for being a “class act.” And in fact she was, and is. But to measure her character based on her capacity to forgive an act of racism was - and is - still erroneous.

The media labeling Mo'ne a 'class act' is double-pronged. In addition to dismissing the accountability necessary for his actions, it normalizes Mo'ne's response to racism and sexism, and consequently deems more confrontational methods as illegitimate.

By not confronting his racism and sexism, Mo’ne’s actions suggest that it is appropriate for people to say and do whatever they want. It insinuates that Black men, women, and children are meant to carry the burden of inflammatory claims, and suggests that people aren't exemplifying classy behavior when they decide to challenge it publicly.

The public’s celebration of Mo’ne was not about her integrity on the field, but her inadvertent compliance with oppression. She, having been the victim, forfeited her right to be outraged because she believed his comments were isolated, when in fact they are a part of a larger system. A system that perpetually demands black people to forgive their oppressors – even in the absence of accountability.

An all too familiar scene - almost identical to SAE's Levi Pettit's Press conference.


Similarly, instead of placing the burden of correction on SAE’s Levi Pettit, it fell on the Black Oklahomans he targeted in the video , who, ironically, flanked to his side during his poor excuse of a press conference.

Pettit's apology and press conference was a complete farce and showed no real signs of remorse or empathy that would lead me to believe that Pettit actually gets it. When you listen to the video, you hear traces of indignation and apathy. None of it confirming that he understands the ramifications of his actions – just that he’s sorry he got caught. *Cue further frustration*

I am frustrated because I did not watch Pettit apologize for himself or his actions. Instead, I watched Black community leaders apologizing for Pettit.

Black community leaders and clergy, in routine fashion, came together to cape for the indiscretions of dominant culture instead of being bold enough to hold it accountable. To see those leaders standing behind him made me sick because it was an obvious (and strategic) publicity stunt. And though the individuals behind him didn't actually speak during the conference, their silence verified their buy-in.

But why did they feel so compelled to stand behind someone who chanted his preference of seeing their sons hung from a tree as opposed to joining his fraternity? And what kind of message does it send out to OU's Black student population? And to the larger community? That one should feel inclined to forgive those who desire to kill you, because you'd want the same done for you? Frankly, I 'm beginning to think so.

That's why I pose this very simple hypothetical to those Black Oklahoman leaders that stood behind Pettit: If the shoe was on the other foot, and their son had sung a similarly racist and hate-filled chant directed towards White students, would Levi Pettit’s father be standing in solidarity with one of their Black sons? 


Quite simply, in this society, even when White people are to blame for racial indiscretion, Black people are always expected to absolve the crime, its guilt, and the repercussions of the actions in a timely fashion. It is for this reason that the media was so quick to celebrate Mo’ne Davis’ willingness to forgive. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, they then attempted to measure her character based on her decision to excuse racist and sexist behavior.

But contrary to popular belief, Black people are not responsible for carrying the burden of white remorse. We are no one’s moral mules and neither are we anyone’s ethical scapegoats. We are more than that. Much more. Black people are autonomous and responsible for none other than themselves and deserve to operate as such. And gratefully, people of color are starting to redefine morality on their own terms and are casting off the burden of forgiveness, one highly publicized racist incident at a time.


cropped-cropped-p1130772Tyree Boyd-Pates is a man on a mission. As a writer, he aspires to expound on Black culture from a millennial perspective and unite and empower communities through journalism and social media. A Master’s in African American Studies, he also is the creator of #TheCut, a brand new podcast! You can follow him on Twitter: @Tyreebp.

10 Black Literary Works Every Person Should Read This Summer | List

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 Whether interested in learning, or just gaining more knowledge about African heritage and culture, nothing beats opening a good book. Still, with so many choices at one's disposal, deciding on a title can prove difficult.

With the help of several well read scholars and emerging millennial voices: Writer & activist  Melanie Coco Mccoy (@MelanieCoMcCoy), Hip Hop Artist & Professor, Timothy Welbeck (@TimothyWelbeck ) & Middle Tennessee State History Graduate student, Joshua Crutchfield (@Crutch4), I sought to compile a necessary list of books we felt every young African Americans should read. A list featuring a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and autobiography. From Maya Angelou to Assata Shakur,many of these authors have been heralded with national awards in the United States. Stemming back to 1845 with Fredrick Douglass's "The Autobiography of  Fredrick Douglass". It's these 10 titles have heavily  who have contributed to contemporary narratives about the black experience across the globe.

1. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou (1969)
2. " The Autobiography of Malcom X"  By  Alex Haley (1965)
 3. "Assata: An Autobiography"  by Assata Shakur (1987)
4. "The Miseducation of the Negro" by Carter G. Woodson (1933) 
 5. "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
 6. "The Wretched of the Earth" by Frantz Fanon  (1961) 
7. "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison  (1970)  
8. "All About Love" by Bell Hooks (2011)
 9.  "The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas, an American Slave" by Fredrick Douglass (1845) 
 10.  The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (1903)
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 Let's make reading cool again! 

cropped-cropped-p1130772.jpgTyree Boyd-Pates is a man on a mission. As a writer, he aspires to expound on culture from a millennial perspective and unite and empower marginalized communities through journalism and social media. A Master's in African American Studies, he also is the creator of The Corner, a one-hour student run weekly radio at Temple University. You can follow him on Twitter: @Tyreebp.

  

Why Cultural Appropriation Isn't (Entirely) White People's Fault. 

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I'm over it. Like seriously. Why can't white people make black music too?

We’ve all heard the countless arguments as to why white artists and celebrities should stop to acknowledge Black culture whenever they seize and replicate our gyrations, hip isolations, hair styles, and rhyme schemes in music. And though that’s important, I'm over it. Before we start divvying out cultural homework assignments, we need to stop to finish our own. We know where Black culture comes from. We know that African Americans have influenced every form of popular music. We know Elvis adapted Black folks' music to make Rock And Roll. We all know this.

"Shake , Shake, Shake it off"

But who allowed the appropriation to begin and continue? If we're honest, the answer is simple: us. Black artists who have refused to safeguard our culture in exchange for universal profit and appeal have, in exchange, contributed to the 'smudging  of Black culture' in pop music that artists like Azalea Banks are crying about. Yeah, I said it. If anyone deserves a rebuke, it's us. We're the ones that've enabled it. I'm not sure as to why we tend to forget that that every major white act found on Billboard's Hot 100 has been co-signed by prominent Black artists and producers that have given them cultural "hood passes" to enter into the Urban music industry. In return, these Black artists/producers are receiving large lump sums while the genre becomes oversaturated with white faces that emit black sounds. Do we really need examples?

Iggy Azalia =  T.I.

Justin Bieber = Usher and L.A. Reid

Justin Timberlake = Timbaland

Robin Thicke = Pharrell

Convinced yet?

Now, It would be duplicitous of me to say I didn’t like Justin’s 20/20 Experience, but even I can admit that cultural appropriation is real. Yet indicting white artists for their replication of Black culture and their subsequent and often unmerited success is mislay. It's simple: blame black artists! Similar to stock brokers, the major influencers of Black music are the ones selling our culture for the top dollar. And for the longest time I couldn’t understand why, but then all of a sudden it hit me. ...They're using the formula!

The Formula

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For so long Black artists have been forced to prostitute their gifts and talents to a fickle white music industry in order to salvage any type of success. James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., the list goes on and on…So it's common knowledge that it's an industry that only appraises Black artists based on their latest 'shuck and jive' that then sells the same recipe to white America, but this time, in white-face. So in response, Black artists have employed White America's cultural appropriation formula, but this time in reverse. Which makes sense due to the current state of the industry, where black artists have had to become more crafty in marketing themselves in order to top the charts. Why? According to NPR, there were no Black artists that topped Billboard in 2013. Now, Black artists are playing the executive role and are selling urban music to White America, only they are they are removing themselves from the equation while inserting white artists. On a individual level, this sounds like a smart move, but it is nothing short of exploitative and damaging on a cultural level. Still don’t believe me? If you don't, you probably haven't seen the countless Black artists that came to Iggy Azalea's rescue on Twitter to see the evidence of the "formula" at work, aka cultural appropriation enablement.

The Response

For example, after Q-tip gave Iggy Azaelia his Hip-Hop history lesson, countless mainstream rappers came to save Iggy and ignored Azealia Banks message in its entirety, tragically mistaking her salient critiques for mere haterade.T.I. gave his exaggerated and verbose side. Wiil.i.am gave a rendition. Nelly did, too. And surprisingly, even the ever-so-conscious, now dubbed "fake deep" Lupe Fiasco did as well. ...Yes, even Lupe. After reading these tweets by these well-respected artists, it only solidifies my point: the recent of trend cultural appropriation in music isn’t the fault of white artists, but the black artists that continue to enable them too (yes, that means you T.I.). So, seeing Azealia banks on Hot 97 crying about her erasure, though heartfelt, still sounds displaced. It’s clear her tears won't fix the music industry. Heck, even the music industry won't fix the music industry. The only people who can end cultural appropriation in the music industry are the white audiences that consume it. And since that's not going to happen any time soon, we should stop blaming white artists and start asking people like Usher, Timbaland, and Pharrell and even Kanye where their cultural and artistic loyalties lie?

....Catch my tune?

Tyree Boyd-Pates is a man on a mission. As a writer, he aspires to expound on black culture from a millennial perspective and unite and empower marginalized communities through journalism and social media. A Master's in African American Studies, he also is the creator of The Corner, a one-hour student run weekly radio at Temple University. You can follow him on Twitter: @Tyreebp.

Meeting The Greats: Levar Burton

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IMG_6713Many people like to ask me where my love for books comes from, and quite simply its from this man, Levar Burton!

Levar Burton well known for his portrayals in Alex Haley's Roots and Star Trek, is also the original host of PBS's children's show "Reading Rainbow". A television program, that as a kid, would have a huge impact on me for years to come.

It was watching Levar Burton’s "Reading Rainbow" that taught me as a child the importance of reading - and just how transformative it was. It also opened my mind to the world of literacy, that inevitably would start my love for academia and a desire to share it with others.

It’s Mr. Burton’s work that helped inspire me to create 'The 10 Books Every Black Youth Should Read", as well as the Diaspora Book Club. (All of which have been some of the most popular posts on this blog.) So, any opportunity to say "Thank You" and to show my gratitude to him couldn’t be passed up!

I must say it was an amazing afternoon! I'm so glad that Barnes and Nobles decided to host such an event. It's events like these with individuals like Levar Burton that make me want to continue to make the world a better place!

 

Outfit of the Day.

"..All we wanted was a chance to talk. 'stead we only got outlined in chalk"
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...So, I think I dress pretty well; especially on day's like today. Still on a high from my trip to Oakland over the weekend, today I decided to switch it up and dress a little different.

This outfit is slightly Kanye-Inspired. I threw on my favorite denim shirt and Black-wax jeans to compliment my favorite pair Air Jordan's, the Black Cement 3's.

Feeling clean then , I decided to top it all off with my favorite scarf, and a black varsity jacket and I must say, it all worked. I could especially tell while I was on the train.

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Varsity Jacket: Narrows

Scarf:Urban Outfitters

Denim Shirt: H&M

Jeans: H&M

Sneakers: Air Jordan 3 'Black Cement'

Backdrop: Black Messiah Poster

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If I can be honest, I rarely get my picture taken because I prefer to be behind the camera. But over the last few months, I've noticed I've been in need of new  photos - and not just another selfie from Instagram. So reaching across the aisle, I approached thee photographer extraordinaire Kwasi B. aka Nonstndrd (full disclosure, he’s my uncle and one of my best friends) to take them for my blog, TyreeBP.com. And after getting them back, I'm convinced that there some of the best I've taken by far!
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What do you think?

#TrustTheProcess Ep. 1

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Follow a day in the life w/ Tyree!

In this episode (the first of many ) I travel across Los Angeles on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Both, to stop in to serve at my local Church and meet up with friends along the way.  I'm doing  this new series, to show you guys just how I 'Trust the process' after Grad School.

Disclaimer: It's pretty EPIC!

#TrustTheProcess.

Is Kendrick Lamar's "i" The New Kumbaya?

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After nearly two years of hiatus, Compton's very own Kendrick Lamar came out of hiding with a new Isley inspired single, entitled "i". And I have to say, it couldn't of come at a better time.

In "i",  Kendrick Lamar convincingly gives an antidote to what he sees ailing the world. He does so by charismatically harmonizing (as only he can) over an infectious chorus iterating the importance of loving one's self. All very timely, in the wake of Ferguson and the civic distress found around the world.

Like many listeners, I wasn't anticipating such an optimistic sound from Mr. Lamar - especially one about self love. But I have an inkling as to where Mr. Lamar maybe coming from. Now, before Mr. Lamar's concept of self love gets co-opted into something entirely different, here is a what Self Love means. Self love originally was a Black Power concept (Huey P. Newton, Malcom X, etc.) championed by leaders about the importance of self admiration and collective identity. All of which raised consciousness, self esteem, and activism in light of what was happening during the 60's ( hence the activist in the beginning of the song).

Are you saying 'i' is the new Kumbaya?"

...Now, I know what you are thinking? Tyree, are you saying 'i' is the new Kumbaya? Or even drawing parallels to Public Enemy's Fight The Power because of the social activist references? Yes; seeing how the song does entreat the listener to have higher admiration for them self and a radical identity reflective of the 60's. But irrespective of my quirky musical and historical associations, Kendrick Lamar's "i" put's love at the center - and that's something none of us can argue with.

Kudos to you, Mr. Lamar.

 

This Epic Post-Game Interview Will Make You Want To Conquer Everything

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Check out this Epic speech given that is one for the ages!

CBS Houston - Apollos Hester (Sr.) was fired up after the East View Patriots came back to beat the Vandergrift Vipers 42-41 to stay undefeated on the young season.

During a local TV post game interview, Hester took the time to not only open up on why his team was able to stay positive and triumph, but to impart some wisdom on the people watching and the now almost one million people who have watched on YouTube since Sunday.

Hester, with a grin on his face the entire interview reminds everyone that if you fall down, just get back up. And if you can’t get back up, “your friends are there to help you up, your mamma’s there, your daddy’s there, Gods there. Hey I’m there.”

And this video defiantly helps with Hester’s main point. Just keep smiling.

Hester had a touchdown in the game for the Patriots, but MaxPreps didn’t yet have full stats for East View’s game this week.

I'm pumped now, are you?

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MUSIC REVIEW | Anomaly: Lecrae's #1 Album on Billboard

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Last week, I promised my 1200+ twitter followers that I would discuss one of Hip-hop's newest emerging acts, Lecrae and his album Anomaly.

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In this entertaining video I share why #Anomaly is Lecrae's best album yet and why it deserves your attention.

Some of the highlights of the album were:

Maturity

Lyrical Content and Versatility

Beats 

Transparency

My Score: 5/5

The 5 Standout songs

Timepieces

Dirty water

Runners

All I need is you

Messengers

Purchase Anomaly: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/ano...

What did you think of Anomaly?

Ferguson Through the Eyes of Young People

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Nearly two weeks have passed since the death Mike Brown,  an unarmed teenager that was gunned down by a Ferguson police officer. There has been much speculation regarding what instigated the confrontation between Mike Brown and the officer, who has now been identified as Darren Wilson but what is clear, is that this is not an isolated incident, neither in Ferguson or around the country. Over the last few months, there have been many incidents of police using excessive force, which in many cases result in the death of an unarmed individual. Since the death of Mike Brown, there has been a number of protests across the country and has now attracted the attention of the international community.

As a result, GenYnot  wanted to get the perspectives of young people who have watched the events unfold over the last few days. Below are clips talking about the policing of black men, the militarization of America’s police force, hashtag activism and what are next steps young people can take to support the efforts in Ferguson. Be sure to add your insight below.

Special Guests

Who Are Police Protecting and Serving?

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Do We Need to Talk About Black on Black Crime?

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Is Hashtag Activism Sustainable?

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Source: @GenYnot

Temple Univ. AASD Imhotep: Graduate Student Journal

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This is very first copy of Temple Univ. African American Studies Department Imhotep Graduate Student Journal.

After being defunct for nearly a decade, the Imhotep Graduate Student Journal is officially alive and well.

This issue - appropriately entitled "Sankofa", or  The Return, - was meant to commemorate the contributions and spirit of  the existence of AASD Doctoral program at Temple for 25 years.

Revitalizing the journal was not a simple undertaking. After nearly two years of continuous editing of academic articles, identifying areas of improvement, and attending regular meetings with the Chair of the department; we were able to bring it to completion.

I'm so appreciative to have been able to be the lead editor. I'd like to send a big Thank You to Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin on the cover and Mikana Scott for her diligence and patience. As well as all the submissions. If interested in submitting or obtaining a physical copy, please feel free to email imhotep.temple@gmail.com.