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Sharing the Load: On Supporting Black Women in Protest Times

In Culture by Garfield Hylton1 Comment

I just feel like I’m always giving everything to everybody and I’m never getting anything in return!     My girlfriend is almost 700 miles away, yelling about her drunk best friend,  who left her alone at a party. The pain in her voice was visceral, stinging harder than a game-losing interception in the Super…

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The Galveston Giant

In History, Sports by fivefifthsLeave a Comment

April 5th, 1915   The spectators still keep pouring in. The racetrack in sweltering Havana. White Americans and Europeans stream alongside Cuban men in in suits and panama hats as President Menocal looks on. Jack Johnson and Jess Willard, two giants in silk robes, step into the ring pouring sweat. Willard weighs in first, a…

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Low Post-Blackness: Race and the Status of the NBA

In Sports by B.Gram3 Comments

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is a big game hunter. His next target? The NFL. As Silver’s first full season as commissioner comes to an end he is undoubtedly still floating on cloud nine from the NBA’s new TV deal that will yield the league more than $2 billion annually, as well as the league’s new…

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Notes of a Mortal Man: My Time with To Pimp a Butterfly

In Music by fivefifths1 Comment

I’ve had eleven days since To Pimp a Butterfly came into my life like a marauder past midnight and kept me up until the dawn. Some songs have become soundtracks to long runs around the river in the cold grip of spring mornings, some to sleeping bus rides on the way home, some to pre-meeting…

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The Acts of God

In Culture, History by fivefifths1 Comment

The flood started with a flood. Sure, there was a certain wayward trickle of Blackness that found itself absorbed into Ellison’s cans of paint in places like St. Louis and Chicago and Milwaukee before, but things really got to moving when the levees broke for the first time. On a summer’s day in ‘26, eighty…