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Scrap Papers: Black Excellence

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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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People All Over the World

By Lydia Holt

June is Black Music Month or alternately The World’s Most Popular Popular Music Month and the Pickaninnies are music lovers. We love gospel, funk, Afrobeat, house, R&B, rock, jazz, blues, merengue, jungle, pop, Afro Cuban, hip-hop, salsa and on and on and on and on. What all of these genres have in common are their roots in West African music. A musicologist I ain’t so I can’t break it down with precision but basically, the parts of these musics, the “here comes the good part” parts, the parts that can send you into the ugly cry and then have you making faces on the dance floor and shaking it extra hard, come courtesy of West African music. In those moments, in the music, you are Jerry Maguire and you are loving, not just black people but, the souls of black folk (shout out to W. E. B. DuBois!). Read more...


Does “Personal Responsibility” Have to Be a Dirty Phrase?

By Lucinda Holt

A couple of weeks ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic and Aura Bogado in The Nation took the first couple to task for “stressing individual responsibility” and trotting out old stereotypes during graduation speeches they gave at Morehouse College and Bowie State University, both historically black institutions. Maybe the president and first lady did trot out some old stereotypes, but why does “personal responsibility” have to be a dirty phrase? We need good policies that support those who are struggling, but there is no reason weas people with a long tradition of taking personal responsibility in spite of all that would limit uscan't embrace and reclaim personal responsibility from social conservatives. Read more...


Scrap Papers: Gifted Hands Surgeon Won’t Give Republicans the Electoral Treasure They Need 

By Sheryl Wright

Over the past couple of months, Dr. Ben Carson, renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, AP Photohas been applauded by the right for a series of politically charged speeches echoing familiar conservative talking points on health care, taxes, religion and limited government. Read more...


Scrap Papers: Beyoncé Owns It at the SuperBowl

By Lucinda Holt

As a child, I can remember being admonished in subtle and not-so subtle ways—especially by people like my grandmother—to represent the race well through how I did in school, spoke and carried myself. The pressure of Dont embarrass us was ever present as I was growing up, and part of not embarrassing us was always being seen as respectable and never sexual. Read more...


Scrap Papers: Toward a More Perfect Union

By Sheryl Wright

Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time–but it does require us to act in our time....You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. Read more...


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