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Post-Apartheid Property Struggle: Film "Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What's Ours)"

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To be honest, most of what I learned about South African apartheid and the ending of apartheid in the early-90s was from watching the classic sitcom, “A Different World.” I had no clue what it really meant to “divest from South Africa”, but I knew what was happening in the motherland was bad. Fast forward some 20... Read more »

5 Awesome Things Happening in Chicago Parks Besides Shootings

5 Awesome Things Happening in Chicago Parks Besides Shootings
Chicago is back in the news. For gun violence. Again. This morning, I woke up to an NBC Chicago news article in my Facebook timeline, “Boy, 3, Among 13  People Shot in Chicago Park“. The overnight shooting quickly grew legs outside of Chicago and popped up in CNN.com’s top headlines. Not a good look for “The... Read more »

Russell Simmons’ Harriet Tubman Sextape Apology Statement: Sounds like Martin’s first proposal to Gina…slathered in wack sauce

Russell Simmons’ Harriet Tubman Sextape Apology Statement: Sounds like Martin’s first proposal to Gina…slathered in wack sauce
Thank you Crystal Fleming for creating the Change.org petition requesting the removal of the “Harriet Tubman Sextape” skit and an apology from Russell Simmons whose company All Def Digital (ADD) created and distributed it. I was up early into the morning re-posting updates on the petition and writing to All Def Digital’s director of communications. It... Read more »
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Beyonce’s “Bow Down” and the world premiere of new pelvic thrusts!

Beyonce’s “Bow Down” and the world premiere of new pelvic thrusts!
When I heard Beyonce’s latest “Bow Down/I Been On” snippet yesterday, the first thing that came to mind was not how “different” this song is from her previous stuff or whether or not I was even feeling it. My first thought was, “Oooh wee! I cannot WAIT til this video drops! Her body rolls and poppin... Read more »

But black women hit HARDER!: My unsolicited response to CBS Chicago and the racial disparity in their “Healthwatch” reports

But black women hit HARDER!: My unsolicited response to CBS Chicago and the racial disparity in their “Healthwatch” reports
“They are not going to save you.” It was only a week ago that I spoke these words to a group of soggy, yet smiling, black women and children. March 10, 2013, was the centennial anniversary of the passing of Harriet Tubman, a heroic and in my eyes, superhuman, woman who came to be known... Read more »

Headwraps turn heads in Chicago: More than a fashion trend

Organizer, Sandria M. Washington
On Saturday, June 23, 2012, nearly two dozen Chicago residents—including four small children—were shot in Millenium Park. The lone shooter, an African-American woman in her 30s, also shot herself.  Eyewitnesses in the park that afternoon were too overwhelmed with shock to provide immediate comment on the brazen shooting; a scene of this magnitude had never... Read more »
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Pimp in Distress: Katt Williams is dying before our eyes and all we see is how “aged” he looks

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Gapers’ block. That’s what it felt like trying to weed through all the comments of the repeatedly shared video of Katt Williams announcing his retirement from stand-up comedy today.  Most of the comments were about how “old” and “horrible” he looks. Some said he “wasn’t in tune with his star player,” using his own jokes... Read more »

Who??? Illinois Judges Election 2012: Get the voter guide I wish I had BEFORE voting

Who??? Illinois Judges Election 2012: Get the voter guide I wish I had BEFORE voting
Woke up not-so-bright, but early, this morning to trek in the dark to my designated polling place. I made it just after 6 a.m. and the line wasn’t obnoxiously long. Double-checked to make sure I had my ID. Check.  So far so good.  Everything was on a roll until I got to the back side... Read more »

Gwendolyn Brooks Stamp: Can one woman resurrect the art of letter writing?

Gwendolyn Brooks Stamp: Can one woman resurrect the art of letter writing?
This morning I spent nearly $20 on two books of stamps, just to get four (two on each book) of the individual stamps I really wanted: the new Gwendolyn Brooks stamp from the Twentieth-Century Poets collection. I knew I had to run out and get them after I saw a friend share  a picture of Ms.... Read more »
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soflynmythirties Blog Talk Radio Show Interview with Sandria Washington

soflynmythirties Blog Talk Radio Show Interview with Sandria Washington
Tonight at 10:30 p.m. CT, I’m chatting with Kymberly Keeton, host of the soflynmythirties Blog Talk Radio Show and woman behind the soflynmythirties blog.   I’ll be talking about the Study Hall – Chicago: Writing-Based Creativity Community I facilitate every Sunday in the Bridgeport neighborhood and hopefully, plugging anything else she let’s me sneak in! Hey, there are... Read more »
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