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Cop Eye for the Black Guy

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2003
People act like racial profiling doesn't exist. Do the math. They act like cops -- bad cops -- don't detain drivers based first on race and then, while they're at it, rifle through the car for anyth  

Not Wisely but Too Well

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2003
It's in your hands. The paper's first issue of its 10th volume is mellow momentum. CityBeat is at an impasse with itself. It's a beautiful curse to be simultaneously this young and this old in thi  

Princess in the Promised Land

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Welcoming another's baby makes grieving a dead infant unbearable. There goes Kennedy Anne Wilson. Here comes Francine Anne Blase. Three days after Kennedy, my niece, died at home from complications  

Got Minutes?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2003
First, I thought it would be dope to only have a cell phone. No land line, just a cellie. Much as I tire of talking on the phone, I took the cellular appendage not as a status symbol or a look-at-m  

What's Life Like?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Deadlines ticked closer, looming with loser status. Responsible parties called the party line wriggling loose from respective responsibilities. One person wanted me to know he's not racist and tha  

Guns 'N Roses

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2003
The thought of 60 white people carrying guns was enough to keep my black ass out of Northside last Sunday (see   

Works of Art(Works)

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Society rarely consults youth culture except to blame them. I linked with ArtWorks a few years back to shadow poet and actor Saul Williams when he came here to lead ArtWorks' apprentices in worksho  

Well Meaning

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Last week's What's the Matter with Self? exploded with fed-up rage and fear over the proliferation of white T-shirted black drug dealers. Black folks are mad over nigga shit. The pull of middle-cl  

What's Matter with Self?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2003
White T-shirted niggas look like pigeons. They flock and clock on corners and in doorways shittin' death onto white and black likewise niggas. Then these peddlers swagger past one another, Biggie-s  

Rev. J.C. Superstar: the Rev. Damon Lynch

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Before we revile or revere the Rev. Damon Lynch III, we must first reconcile his proximity to the Rev. Martin Luther King's stature, social consciousness and innuendo. Lynch is one of 26 city coun  

The Myth of Eyelashes

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2003
I have pretty eyes. When I was a girl, my eyelashes were so thick they curled back on themselves. They ringed my eyes like sideways wreaths. I was about in the fifth grade the first time I ever di  

Likewise, I'm Sure: The Enquirer's Peter Bronson

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2003
People want me to hate Peter Bronson. "How do you sit beside him every week on that show?" they ask of our oppositional banter on Hot Seat, Channel 9's Sunday morning roundtable. You're probably ho  

Treacherous Bunnies' Lament

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 30, 2003
It's Bugs Bunny's 65th anniversary. I wanted to write solely about Liberia, our lyin'-ass president and why he don't particularly give a fuck about a country of dusty-ass Africans 'cause can't no p  

Fallin'/Fallen

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 23, 2003
The lure of anonymous pussy trumps mortgages, diapers, family vacations, carpools and all those other trappings of domestic bliss. While work-a-day men bet the farm on pussy, athletes and entertai  

Call Me Chad

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2003
I knew I was a nerd when my brothers ridiculed the way I talked. Just like fellow female black nerd Dani McClain (see The Other 'N' Word ), I got clowned for "talking white." In case you've taken