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WordCraft: The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky

The 2016 National Book Award-winning poetry book, The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky, describes a depressing and violent world of wars, societal dismemberment from the assault of free trade agreements, migrant crises, inequality, xenophobia, and dictatorial oligarchs. Borzutzky’s … Continue reading

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TEAM SNYDER LIED — THEY KNEW FLINT RIVER WAS WACK AND SHIPPED IN CLEAN WATER

“Appears certain state departments are concerned with Flint’s [water quality]. I will return the call.” Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Menace to Society moment has been accidentally brought to you in part by Mike Prysby, an engineer from the state’s Department … Continue reading

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SUNDAY SMACK: WHY DO ONLY FEW PEOPLE KNOW THE REAL MLK?

” …Some respectable Negro leaders who are more concerned about being invited to the White House then invited to the cause of justice … ” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech in Cleveland, OH, April 28, 1967 For a … Continue reading

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WHAT IT MEANS WHEN GM EXECUTIVES PAY TO GET AWAY WITH KILLING PEOPLE

Six hundred dollars. That’s the figure I came up with when I tried to distill the meaning of General Motors’ nine hundred million dollar settlement with the US government to avoid being charged with knowingly selling cars with defective ignition … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON MOVIE THOUGHTS, PART TWO

Part Two: This Movie and Planet Earth Now that I’ve discussed the social backdrop for the Straight Outta Compton movie in my previous post, I want to start this post by giving props to film director F. Gary Gray because Compton … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON MOVIE THOUGHTS, PART ONE

Part One: Plantation Cultivation and the American Dream Straight out of the 1980s–90s plantation known as Compton, California, and powered in part by President Ronald Reagan’s Narcotics Entrepreneurship and Small Arms Specialist Training Program, better known to the rest you … Continue reading

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BALTIMORE MAYOR LOST IN ISMS AND SCHISMS ABOUT RIOTS

It appears that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is lost in her isms and schisms over what to call the small fraction of the thousands of protesters who burned and looted parts of Baltimore in response to Freddie Gray’s death at … Continue reading

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IN 20 TWEETS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES’ EXEC SCHOOLS JOURNALIST ON WHAT THE FREDDIE GRAY PROTESTS ARE REALLY ABOUT

First, Freddie Gray dies while in the Baltimore police department’s custody, followed by protests which turned sufficiently chaotic where fans attending a Baltimore Orioles game earlier this week were not permitted to leave Camden Yards. Then, sportscaster Brett Hollander began … Continue reading

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WHILE YOU PARTY IN SELMA…

So, you’re marching in Selma today for the star-studded 50th anniversary of the beating Martin Luther King Jr’s followers took as they tried to cross the Edmund  Pettus bridge.  I don’t fault you for attempting to connect with what I also … Continue reading

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WHY PEOPLE WALKED OUT OF OBAMA’S SPEECH

Why did crowds of people in Upper Marlboro, Maryland walk out during President Obama’s campaign speech for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown? My guess Either President Obama has become a tired brand in America, or the American public is having a … Continue reading

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