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A New Era of Black Excellence

Every so often, there’s that one person who is an icon in their own way and it’s so beautiful and so magnificent that you can’t help but to be left in awe of that individual. When they create, produce and launch something, it’s something to marvel at. In my lifetime, Tyler Perry has been that […]

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Don’t Die: by Chance Drake

DON’T DIE. Here I am in plain sight, headed towards the light, fighting back with all my might. Despite my effort, I’m losing traction, life is in his hands and I can’t seem to grasp it. Now I’m asking in what aspect was I lacking? I didn’t have time to write wrongs in the present […]

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Thunder Stories

Note 2 Self: By Chance Drake

I just turned 23. As I sit on this chartered jet I ponder the distance traveled on my journey thus far. Twenty-three, such a critical milestone, old enough to know better but still young enough to know nothing at all. Often I’m quite critical on myself as to why I’m not further along in life. […]

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Sports

Narratives That Shift Perspectives

Tom Brady – Doesn’t shake hands after a loss – “He’s such a fierce competitor who hates losing. Look at his passion!” Cam Newton – Doesn’t shake hands after a loss – “This guy is a classless thug who doesn’t appreciate the opportunities he’s been given. He should be benched until he learns his lesson.” […]

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Music
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Roc Nation, big save for the NFL’s culture

The NFL is in trouble, but the game itself is fine. What’s in jeopardy is the culture surrounding the league. From domestic violence to social justice issues, the NFL is in a tough spot and its reputation is slipping. A large percent of the league’s Black fanbase has become dissatisfied with the way those issues […]

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A successful black man having to do twice as much: The “Rich Paul Rule”

Starting in 2018, NBA hopeful college basketball players could hire an agent but keep their NCAA eligibility if they desired to stay in school. That rule stated that all family members and NBA Players’ Association-certified agents were allowed to be agents until Aug. 1, 2020. Well, it’s August 7, 2020, and the new regulations have […]

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Ray June’s ‘Swat Meet’: Advocating Change in the Community

When you meet Ray June you instantly feel like you’ve connected with family. He has an energetic and open-arms type of spirit and it’s evident from the moment you say hello to him. One thing you also notice immediately is his passion for the youth. Around spring 2019, June founded Swat Meet. A performing arts […]

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