(I would like to preface this article with the fact that I am speaking directly to white folks)

You have probably heard the term in a variety of ways — urban radio, urban music, urban lifestyle, urban contempary, urban art, urban dance, etc. — but do you actually know the connotation and or history behind the term urban? Most likely, since the majority of the time the term is used, it’s actually being used to describe something that’s Black — Black radio, Black music, Black lifestyle, Black “contemporary,” Black art, etc. The real question is, then: Why are you still…


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Langston Hughes is certainly most known as a popular, prolific figure of the Harlem Renaissance, or “New Negro Movement,” a period where African Americans found their artistic identity, in turn creating their own artistic community. Hughes stands out for his prideful and reflective poems like, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” but also for his rebellious poetry such as, “I, Too” and “A Dream Deferred.” Because the movement appealed to both a Black and White audience, some authors, like W. E. B. …


Throughout my time as a student in the school system of the United States I have heard of Frederick Douglass here and there but was never taught about any of his works. His literature never seemed to be included in my American Literature or U.S. History classes. In school we learned of the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks. But, seldom were we taught in depth about the atrocities that took place long before these historical figures came into focus. It has not been until my college years that I have been afforded the option…


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For those who are not intimately aware of Tupac’s body of work, whether it be his book of poetry, The Rose that Grew from Concrete, or any of his albums, he is mostly remembered by the last six months of his life which were riddled with trauma, paranoia, and Death Row antics. Yet, the son of a Black Panther, Tupac Shakur left behind a legacy of protest; the same war that his mother, Afeni Shakur, fought, Tupac also fought. The war against Black bodies, Black intellectualism, Black spirituality, and anything pertaining to the African American communities in America has been…


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On a surface level, Quicksand can be interpreted as a story about one’s “mulatto” identity and the struggle that comes with finding this identity, but it is much more than that. For instance, all throughout the novel Helga does her best to escape the race problem and race talk — the race problem faithfully follows Helga all of her adult life. Looking deep within the pages, it becomes clear that Larsen’s novel is more about the social construct of race, particularly in America, and what comes with that — oppression, segregation, strained relationships, biases, etc. Yet, the most important aspect…


If you have never read or seen the play, you can read it here: https://faculty.atu.edu/cbrucker/Engl2013/texts/Dutchman.pdf

Humans have traditionally used stories to describe or explain things they cannot explain otherwise. Myths, or “old wives’ tales,” are still passed on today around the globe throughout different cultures as a way to explain something bigger, something inevitably unexplainable. This appears to be Amiri Baraka’s goal with the play Dutchman — to explain something both enigmatic and reprehensible; it must be something as far-fetched as a flying ship doomed to sail the seas for eternity. …


Racial Bias in the American Criminal Justice System: Controversy or U.S. History?

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There has long been an issue of racial bias in the American criminal justice system. This is nothing new. When you think back to the time of slavery in America, it is no secret that African Americans have been treated differently on American soil from the very beginning. From slavery, to post slavery, the civil rights movement, the war on drugs, and to present day profiling issues, African Americans have always been deemed of lesser value in the eyes of the American government. Yet, many still argue that…

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