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Django, History Unchained, and The Power of Narrative

On Christmas day, while Derrick Rose was not playing the Houston Rockets, I went to go see the widely acclaimed Quentin Tarantino piece, Django Unchained. I did not know what to expect going in; I had been excited by the previews in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and had been tempered as the days […]

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The Soft Bigotry of Charter Schools: How Low Expectations for Leadership at Charter Schools Limit Students

Article by  guest contributor and friend of WFTF: “SIT DOWN!” I yelled at Justin. “You need to learn to follow directions. How can you expect to be successful if you can’t sit down and do what I tell you? Leaders follow directions and listen to their teachers.” As I heard myself repeating what other teachers […]

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2013 Spirit of Sankofa Scholarship

Download Link –>Spirit of Sankofa Scholarship (2013 App)

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Responsibilites (Pt 1): A Victim Blaming Response to the Murder of Jordan Davis

“I understand it though; he should have turned his music down” commenter on NBC News article about the murder of Jordan Davis. Victim blaming. Blaming the victim. It is a strange ritual that takes place whenever a crime is committed by a person of privilege over a person who is oppressed. It’s such a common […]

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Yasiin Bey Tells You What He “Don’t Like”

Yasiin Bey Releases “I Don’t Like (Remix)” (Stream) For the past several years, Yasiin Bey has made a habit of standing in as your favorite mainstream rapper’s foil, re-purposing stuntastic records for more grounded discussions about weighty topics like poverty, corrupt governments, and the plight of blacks in America (see the incendiary “Niggas in Poorest“). Now Bey […]

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Presumed Criminality: Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Psychotic Vigilantism

**** RECENT: An unarmed, African American teen was killed in Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend. Read about the details of the incident here and also read about the pattern of presumed criminality and psychotic vigilantism below. Psychosis: is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes: false beliefs about what is taking place or who one […]

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Constitutional Then, But Not Now?: Thoughts on the Pending Review of Section V of the Voting Rights Act

As a senior at Princeton University, I wrote a thesis on American political history. I did not pay too much attention in my statistical methods courses, and thus found myself in a position where I needed to write an 80+ page, non-quantitative academic “essay” about American politics. Because of my interest in American political history, […]

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Election 2012: Why Am I Predicting an Obama Victory?

I have been following the 2012 Election since the Republican Primary, and now there is less than a week to go before the American people are informed of who will be leading the nation over the next four years. The national polls indicate that the popular vote in the 2012 Election is going to be […]

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More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (PART 2)

Following the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision, many assumed that the problem of inequality in educational opportunity would no longer exist. By mandating the elimination of the racially homogeneous, dual system of educational apartheid in the United States, the Supreme Court had worked to create a public education system in which African Americans were no […]

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Where’s The Love?: Musings on Waka, Weezy, and Women

Wake me up when you've got the answer...

Do me a favor. Visualize the mainstream hip hop landscape in the year of our Hov, 2012. Peer through the ranks of the dominant YMCMBMMGGOOD conglomerate¹, at the images and content promoted through your radiowaves and on your television screens, and all throughout your internet browsing experience. Got it? Now tell me, does any of […]

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