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Scrap Papers: Black Excellence

Photo courtesy of Book for Keeps

By Karima E. Rustin

Malcolm Mitchell, a 24-year-old rookie wide receiver for the New England Patriots, assisted New England in coming back from a 28-3 deficit to win the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, and take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While his teammates are reveling in their shared victory, Malcolm achieved another victory most people don’t know about. A victory he is more proud of than a Super Bowl ring.


The Pickaninnies March on Washington

By Lydia Holt



Perhaps it was a subconscious act of self preservation, but in the months and weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election, I had convinced myself that America would elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president--that we had no other viable option. If her opponent were elected it would be disastrous and to maintain my sanity, I firmly believed that we would come through the election with a capable and sane president. When I woke up to the reality of our now 45th, I damn near had a panic attack. Continue reading...

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Scrap Papers: What's In the Proposed Debt Deal?

 For those who follow politics and even for those who don't, the debt ceiling debate has predominated in the news for weeks. Unfortunately, most of the focus has been on the politics of the debate while discussion about the impact of the policy has been largely ignored. Read more...


Let's Have That Conversation!

People Who Think Like That Should Not Be Allowed to Speak on Our Air?

SherylI received an email action to sign a petition calling on MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan for his recent article in The American Conservative regarding the Norway massacre. I had heard several snippets about Buchanan’s comments, but I hadn't really paid close attention to the particulars. The petition made me think of Nichole’s article about free speech and the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Westboro Baptist Church case.  After reading the articleand yes, it is a classic case of Buchanan xenophobiaI am not sure if I am going to sign the petition. What is the point of having him fired? Read more...


Scrap Papers: The Corporate States of America

Photo by Jon SullivanOh, what a tangled web they weave…

Over the past few days, I have heard a number of discussions about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing policy think tank. The organization is getting quite a bit of attention these days, but it has been shaping policy in the states for almost forty years. Read more...


Scrap Papers: Happy 40th Soul Train

It is Saturday morning, and I know many of my fellow Americans, of a certain age, regardless of race, share the same memory of Saturday morning cartoons and the show that marked the end of those cartoons. Soul Train. Read more...


Link Roundup: Black Music Month

June is Black Music Month! Here is some of the best writing about it from across the web:

 Did we miss anything?

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