Black Commentary

The “lesser of two evils” debate

On April 9th, 1865, slavery was officially abolished as the Civil War concluded. Three years later, the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified, granting citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including former slaves—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.” However, this did not always translate to the ability to vote, and …

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Envy and Homicide: The Dangers of Rappers Idolizing Riches

How many rappers must be affected before something is done? XXXTentacion, Nipsey Hussle, and now, tragically, Pop Smoke. What do these three names have in common? Aside from the fact that they were rappers, in the past three years they tragically fell victim to gun violence fueled by envy and hatred at the hands of …

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These Two Movies Are Essential To Watch for Black History Month

Black History Month is the month that is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the remarkable achievements made by African Americans. Achievements that are very often overlooked or purposefully not given the recognition they deserve, largely due to a mixture of white pride and racism. So, is there any better way to celebrate Black History Month …

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Is Chicago focusing on the wrong priorities?

With the recent legalization of marijuana in one of Illinois, which hosts  America’s most gang-infested city, one must ask themselves: Is this really something Illinois should be focused on? Illinois decided to kick of the beginning of a new decade by legalizing recreational use of marijuana, thus becoming the eleventh state to do so. The first …

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