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Why I Don’t Do “Race.”

Race. The minute I say that I’m African American people cast that word “race,” on me faster than the net that they used to catch Kunta Kinte in Roots. Race is a dangerous concept and it’s source, the evolution of … Continue reading

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When the Spice is “Race”: The Case of the “Racist” Pizza

Huffington Post called it “the most racist pizza ever.”    It’s got southern fried chicken, argula, sea-salted watermelon, a sunflower seed crust and goat, ricotta and bleu cheeses.  It’s the “pick-a-nika” pizza from Certe in New York. I’ve never had … Continue reading

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Oklahoma, Damn!!????

If the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it. James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963) Right … Continue reading

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#Ferguson : My Thoughts on an American Flashpoint

“…It was the corroboration of their worth and their power that they wanted, and not the corpse, still less the staining blood.”  James Baldwin, “To Be Baptized,” from No Name in the Street, 1972 I have been asked by many … Continue reading

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Duck Dynasty: Gathering the Feathers and saving the South

The recent comments of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson have ignited a storm of controversy due to some remarks Mr. Robertson made that expressed some unfortunate language on the topics of homosexuality and people of African descent in the South. … Continue reading

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The Cotton Kingdom: A Photographic Essay

Photography by JWD and Jasper Colt @kidcolt on behalf of The Cooking Gene Project.  Special thanks to them both for the extraordinary images and video.   Special thanks to Chippokes Plantation State Park, Surry County, Virginia; Jennica Walker and the … Continue reading

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