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Dream as if you’ll live forever, Live as if you’ll die today

Originally posted on Ramblings of a College Introvert:

We’re responsive creatures, always yearning for some kind of carnal or spiritual fulfillment. So many of our conversations are dedicated to that one question: What makes us feel alive? For me it’s neither people nor adventures. It’s the shapes and colors that make up a city I love.

When I took a semester off in Cali, all I could think about was how much I missed NYC and how exciting it would be to blog about college life there. But four months after I returned to NYU I’ve only written four posts on my adventures here in the Big Apple. Ostensibly it’s because I just haven’t had the time. In reality it’s because I’ve kind of lost confidence in my writing. I don’t think I’ll ever be as good a writer as I would like to be, and I certainly don’t think I’m good enough to capture the sense of wonder I feel every time…

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White Rage, the Hunger Games, and the Lack of Justice for Eric Garner

Originally posted on Olivia A. Cole:

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Today, like too many days, I am angry. Today a grand jury voted not to bring criminal charges against the white officer who killed Eric Garner, father of six, with a chokehold. The killing is on video, which many people hoped would mean an indictment and, eventually, a conviction. Not so. Today, America tells us once again that the value it places in black life is nil, insubstantial, nonexistent.

The protests have already begun in New York, and I’m thinking about anger, rage. I’m thinking about things that burn. When the grand jury in St. Louis County announced that it would not be indicting Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson burned. Over the weekend, I saw the latest Hunger Games film—Mockingjay—and in it, the Capitol executes unarmed civilians, their deaths broadcasted for millions of eyes. I couldn’t stop thinking about Eric…

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Vacationing Swedish Officers Show NYPD How It’s Done

Originally posted on Black Millennials:

Four Swedish officers in town for vacation effectively subdued two fighting homeless men on an uptown 6 train this past Wednesday.

Swedish officers Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, Eric Jansberger and Erik Naslund were on their way to see Les Miserables, when they heard a subway driver’s cry for help. A bystander recorded the incident, which shows the officers asking the homeless men if they were okay.

The officers quickly defused the situation by remaining calm and polite. Afterwards, the transient men were taken into custody by the NYPD.

No broken spines. No gunshots. No chokeholds. No “fuck your breath.” Just four men who kept their egos in check to avoid unnecessary escalation.

I know nothing about Swedish policing tactics, but if this is any indication of how Swedish law enforcement is trained, then perhaps NYPD, LAPD, Ferguson PD, and other American police forces should start taking notes.

Apparently, this…

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An Open Letter to Kim Lute, A Light Skin Black Women with a Personal Problem

Originally posted on Black Millennials:

Hi Sister,

I write this letter in unapologetic Black Love. Like many, I read your article published on both For Harriet and Huffington Post. Given that you chose to publish on these notable outlets, it’s clear you had an ambitious desire to publicly promote your truth.

As a fellow writer, I completely understand that desire. As a Black woman in the blogosphere, I, too, feel that yearning to stand out and appear strong in an extremely saturated digital niche. We have to ensure that our work is engaging, emotional, and polarizing. Within these tight confines of expressing our voice in ways that attract an audience while holding true to our racial and social identity, mistakes are made.

The pro-Black worldview is already controversial because it’s an uncompromising refutation of the white supremacist status quo. We must be responsible in our written labor; paying sensitive attention to detail, performing thorough scholarship of racial nuances, and ultimately…

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Coonin’ for Clicks: An Open Letter to Raven-Symoné

Originally posted on Black Millennials:

Dear Raven,

You good girl? Because lately, you’ve been in the spotlight for your less-than-smart comments on Black culture. When I first met you, you were a precocious toddler on The Cosby Show. Your quips were hilarious, your presence was powerful. And even though you lacked experience, your command against a seasoned television vet like Bill Cosby, was a brilliant indication of an imminent acting career.

After years of diligence, you were given your own show. That’s So Raven, ushered in a new format for Disney. Combining humor with singing, you were an iconic Disney star with crossover appeal. Without you, there would be no Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. Without you, Disney would be a stale media imprint, instead of a behemoth for adolescent talent. Your work inspired Nickelodeon to pivot as well, with shows like Unfabulous, Drake and Josh, iCarly, and Tru Jackson VP all relying on pop-centric pubescents…

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Want to help prevent online bullying? Comment on Facebook

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

As TED’s social media editor, I have seen a lot of nasty comments. I’ve seen grown men and women deride a 14-year-old girl for her choice of dress. I’ve seen them say they’re revolted by a beautiful transgender woman. On every talk about race, I’ve seen a slew of racist comments. But none have ever been as bad as the comments we got when we published Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk, The Price of Shame. At least at first.

When Monica spoke at TED2015, held in March in Vancouver, the audience in the room received her with warmth and generosity of spirit. Many who’d had reservations were swayed by her talk. We saw this kind, vulnerable, strong woman who wanted to be heard — a woman who knew what was at stake for the victims of public shaming and who deeply hoped to get her message right. For someone scarred…

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Tweets Expose the Allegedly Violent Nature of Hollaback!

Originally posted on Black Millennials:

In October 2014, Hollaback! released a controversial video showing a racially ambiguous woman sexually harassed by Black and Latino men while walking the streets of NYC for 10 hours. The campaign was quickly denounced after reports surfaced that Rob Bliss Creative, the marketing firm hired for the project, deliberately edited out white men. The firm has a track record of racial insensitivity, which raised questions about why the anti-street harassment nonprofit used their services.

But Hollaback! finds itself in the middle of yet another controversy — one that exposes an alleged organizational structure built on and reinforced through abuse, violence, cultural appropriation, and racial erasure. So says Britni, a former affiliate and founder of the Boston Hollaback! chapter. In a Storify compilation, the brave whistleblower seeks to raise awareness about an institutional culture that uses tools of white supremacy to achieve its aims.

First, Britni shares the internal organizational structure.

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