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Black History

King and Prince of Abyssinian: Reflections on Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Jr.

“For we know that we are the children of God. He’ll fight my battles and I’ll be free someday. Stand together children, fight together children, worship together children. Don’t you get weary.” —Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. April 4th is a renowned date in Black America. Most blacks recognize it as the day civil rights icon […]

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Mental Health

Endnotes to Jay-Z’s 4:44 : Mental Health Awareness

“It’s like my therapy, making music……When language has reached its limit, disease sets in.” – Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) released his 13th studio album 4:44, arguably the most personal and socially conscious album of his career. Subscribers to his online streaming service, Tidal, are privy to music videos for the songs […]

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Founder's Therapy

Founder’s Therapy with Tope Awotona

Calendly CEO Tope Awotona shares how his journey in developing a successful tech company. I grew up in an African country. Everybody there is black, but even there discrimination exists between people of different tribes. If you were poor you were discriminated against. If you were from the North you were discriminated against, or maybe […]

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Film

Endnotes to Jay-Z’s “Moonlight”

“We stuck in La La Land. Even when we win, we gon’ lose.” – Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) released his 13th studio album 4:44, arguably the most personal and socially conscious album of his career. Subscribers to his online streaming service, Tidal, are privy to music videos for the songs on […]

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Founder's Therapy

Founder’s Therapy with Rodney Sampson

Author and an innovator in the tech space, and active in the Atlanta startup community, Rodney is a ‘Veteran, Tech Entrepreneur.’ He’s started four tech companies, experienced exit on two on them, and has been formally building his business for over 15 years. He co-founded Opportunity Hub and has joint ventured with TechSquare Labs to […]

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Founder's Therapy

Founder’s Therapy with Peter Yobo

Author, speaker, financial and millennial expert, Peter Yobo, of Peter Yobo International shares how his upbringing in Ghana and US education and experiences led him to develop programs to support empowered entrepreneurship among black millennials. I‘ve always noticed how much the US has achieved and continues to achieve year-after year compared to stagnation in other […]

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Personal Essay

Loved, yet Misunderstood

T he discovery of individuality and humanity is a journey seldom untangled. There are no proven strategies to ease navigating the voyage, nor perfect techniques to enduring or escaping unscathed. One must endure the plateaus of necessary isolation, rivers of uncertainty, and islands of desperation. Individuals, young and old alike, desire one thing above all […]

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Feminism

Black Feminism is Not Your Enemy

“But all this presupposes that the Black male will have purged himself of the myth that his mother, his woman, must be subdued before he can wage war on the enemy. Liberation is a dialectical movement—the Black man cannot free himself as a Black man unless the Black woman can liberate herself from all this […]

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Social Justice

Endnotes to “The Story of O.J.”

“Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga. Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga. Still nigga, Still nigga.” -Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) released his 13th studio album 4:44, arguably the most personal and socially conscious album of his career. Subscribers to his online streaming service, Tidal, are privy to […]

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Masculinity Relationships

Endnotes to “4:44”

“I apologize, often womanize. Took for my child to be born. See through a woman’s eyes.” -Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) released his 13th studio album 4:44, arguably the most personal and socially conscious album of his career. Subscribers to his online streaming service, Tidal, are privy to music videos for the […]