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We can't even laugh at a gangsta goat?

We can't even laugh at a gangsta goat?

I went online this morning to see the Mountain Dew ad -- the one some are calling the most racist in history -- expecting to see some really offensive stuff. Instead, I saw some really silly stuff.

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Racist Mountain Dew ad: Everyone involved should have known better

Racist Mountain Dew ad: Everyone involved should have known better

In a piece for Clutch magazine, Britni Danielle says that Tyler the Creator's online commercial – in which a battered white woman has to pick a suspect out of a lineup consisting of black men and a goat – peddles stereotypes that black men have been fighting for years.

Here's a sampling of Danielle's commentary:

Dr. Boyce Watkins called the spot, "arguably the most racist commercial in history," and the Daily Kos criticized it for being, "flagrantly racist."

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Parenting with purpose offers lifetime benefits for children

Parenting with purpose offers lifetime benefits for children

When I was a little girl my parents told me that I could be anything that I wanted to be.

By the time I entered the third grade, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to become a writer. My Mom says there was a short-lived phase when I would only communicate through writing.

My Mom and Dad nurtured my early, yet perplexing interest in words and non-verbal communication (unless my behavior became disruptive). They provided an endless supply of books and diaries that were used as learning tools to improve literacy skills; to discover the world; to express myself creatively; and to vent my childhood frustrations and desires – all from the comfort of my bedroom.

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‘A Social TKO’ & the proper way to fight Life back

‘A Social TKO’ & the proper way to fight Life back

(Kelvin Cowans, aka Six-Four, is an author/writer and Memphis-area mentor. He spoke recently to about 20 male youths at Southwest Prep Academy, where he was invited by Don Thomas, director of the Mentor Program.)

Definition of technical knockout: the termination of a boxing match when a boxer is unable or is declared by the referee to be unable (as because of injuries) to continue the fight – called also TKO. Source: Merriam Webster

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans

Eat your fresh fruits & veggies and take the bite out of cancer

Eat your fresh fruits & veggies and take the bite out of cancer

CHEF TIMOTHY: I recently had a sobering encounter with a widow whose 40-year-old husband had died from prostate cancer. It was more proof telling me something that I already knew: cancer is a health hazard that continues to wreak havoc in our society.

I am honoring this grief-stricken widow's wish to remain anonymous. Her name is not important. The circumstances, however, are because they just might help someone avoid dying prematurely.

The widow was feeling the weight of a painful uncertainty. She wondered whether her late husband still would be alive if he had taken his health more seriously.

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Spike Lee slams the Jason Collins hate machine

Spike Lee slams the Jason Collins hate machine

NBA veteran Jason Collins on Monday revealed he is gay, making him the first U.S. professional athlete to do so while actively playing.

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation.

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Chris Broussard: ‘Jason Collins in open rebellion to God’

Chris Broussard: ‘Jason Collins in open rebellion to God’

Speaking on ESPN's "Outside The Lines," Chris Broussard declared that Jason Collins, the 34-year-old NBA center who came out as gay, is in "open rebellion to God" for living an openly homosexual "lifestyle," reports Think Progress.

As previously reported by NewsOne, Collins becomes the first pro-athlete of any sports organization to come out as gay – something that apparently upset Broussard so much he had to gay-bash him for the world to see:

"Personally, I don't believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly, like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you're openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says that, you know, that's a sin. If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don't think the bible would characterize them as a Christian."

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Is President Obama evolving on marijuana?

Is President Obama evolving on marijuana?

On Wednesday the Obama administration unveiled a new strategy for its drug policy. The location of the rollout was noteworthy. It took place at Johns Hopkins University, located in Baltimore, a city so ravaged by the effects of drugs that it served as the backdrop to the hit television show "The Wire," which chronicled the impact of drug crime on a community.

But also noteworthy is the Obama administration's new softer tone, particularly on the issue of marijuana. It appears that the administration may finally be ready to put the so-called drug war to bed and replace it with a much more commonsense drug policy focused on rehabilitation, not incarceration.

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