Most Offensive Word In the English Language

The word “nigger” is considered one of the most offensive words in the English language. White slave masters referred to slaves as “niggers” to remind them of their less-than-human status. The word’s current meaning is more friendly. It is used by the youth to greet friends and in rap songs.

Is the new meaning a re-appropriation of the word? Or have people simply been desensitized by its common usage?

The Fritz Pollard Alliance monitors diversity in the NFL. They are implementing rules to penalize use of the N-word on the field and in the locker rooms.

ESPN commentators argue whether the policy can truly work. The following questions are addressed here:

  • How will black coaches react to the new rules?
  • How will referees police the rule objectively?
  • Who is and isn’t allowed to use the N-word?
  • What is the true purpose of the rules?

Rapper, Common, claims justifies using the word in his lyrics because it helps him better communicate with his audience. Common says he will continue to use the word to reach those who need to hear his work. Also, he agrees that certain people are not allowed to use the word and he will continue to defend that belief when necessary.

The N-word is prevalent in the sports world, and has been since African-Americans were allowed to participate. Back then, white fans would yell the world at black athletes. Now, black athletes use the word in reference to their teammates as a friendly gesture.

Should the word be ripped from the dictionary? Or should its definition be changed? How has the word impacted your life?

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5 Writers who Escaped from Prison: How Did They Do It?

A political prisoner is someone who is imprisoned strictly for his political beliefs or values. But that doesn’t happen in America. Or does it?

In this post, I will honor 5 African-American political prisoners who figured out how to escape imprisonment through writing. For them writing was not just an art, it was their only voice.

Martin Luther King Jr.  

Martin Luther King Jr. was unable to complete his autobiography before he was killed.  However, his Letter from Birmingham Jail is well known. In this letter, he is responding to eight white religious leaders from the South who criticized his nonviolent fighting strategies. King’s letter carries a smack-in-the-face tone. He is brutally honest as he addresses injustices to the black community. The letter is included in several biographies written about him.

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Martin Luther King Jr. is released from Birmingham jail

 

Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X was the first autobiography I ever read. As a fiction lover, autobiographies are not my first choice. With every page, I felt like I was walking beside Malcolm X his younger days finding trouble in the streets of Harlem to standing behind him at the podium. X does not paint an idealized image of himself. Instead, he provides raw documentation of his life during good moments and bad. He exposes every thought, every sin, and every achievement. This book will make you challenge yourself to do the same.

 

“I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda… I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”

 

~Malcolm X, An Autobiography of Malcolm X

Angela Davis

Angela Davis, Autobiography, Activist

Davis hesitated to write Angela Davis: An Autobriography. She wanted to make sure she captured the truepurpose of the Black Liberation Movement. She wanted people to know about people, places, and events that brought her to where she was. She joined the fight for equality in high school and before she knew it, she was another political prisoner whose name was on FBI’s most wanted list. She recounts her fear and explains how if one has a goal, fear is not an excuse.

“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”

 

~ Angela Davis

Assata Shakur (No, not Tupac’s Mother)

Assata: An Autobiography is on the same level as Malcolm X’s autobiography. Shakur, a member of the Black Panther Party, was determined to right the wrongs she saw firsthand. She tells of how the police would commit murders and frame the Black Panther Party. In a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike, Shakur would experience injustice herself when she was framed fro shooting a white p

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olice officer. She was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list shortly after.

She writes of her troubled pregnancy, lack of medical attention, and being handcuffed to hospital beds as police officers tried to force her to confess. But nothing in the book compares to her telling of when her daughter visits her in jail. Her daughter was conceived during her trial and taken away from her. One day, her daughter visits her. As Shakur reaches out to embrace her child, her daughter begins screaming and beating her fists against her mother and screams, “I hate you!”

An innocent prisoner is one thing, but an innocent child who only sees her mother for minutes at a time – is unacceptable.

 Nelson Mandela

In A Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela fought for a multiracial government in South Africa. He spent thousands of days behind prison bars and became an elected leader of South African shortly after. After his recent death, his fight against oppression has proven impactful. Over 700 pages long, the book is written so concisely one can’t help but read every one.

 

                                                                 

A Dream Embraced

Eric Oko Dodoo, also known as Oko, is originally from Ghana West Africa. He moved to the United States at age 15 and has resided in the United States for about 13 years.

Growing up in a country with diverse cultures and music from every corner of the world, Oko was exposed to different types of sounds and genres that sparked his passion for creating music. Rnb legends such as R.kelly, Usher, and Boys II Men heavily influenced his music.

Oko, Singer/songwriter

Eric Oko Dodoo

“I know if I am going to do it, it’s now or never.” ~ Eric Oko Dodoo

Oko began to write and produce his own music with his Church Choir when he was only 14. As a true artist who knows a good sounds when he hears it, Oko has been molding and perfecting his sound to make his mark on today’s music Industry. He aims to not only create great music, but also to impact the world with his talents and gifts.

Oko is majoring in communication at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is working with a music company called Hitkey Entertainment. Hitkey stands behind their belief that “humility is the key” to success. Oko’s main motivation is his love for his craft. In a capitalistic society, it is hard to do anything for a purpose other than money. It is programmed in the human brain to work for profit and to work smart not hard. But creativity embraces the opposite concept. To work hard to create, and recreate, until a piece is molded to perfection.

Oko embraces that philosophy. He understands the word “artist” encompasses. Every day, he shapes himself into a cutting edge music creator.

How are you embracing your gifts? Let me know!

Your Valentine Should Rhyme

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I’m not talking about your gift. I’m talking about your date! Here are four reasons why you should date a poet:

1) Receive cute poems on your pillow

Poets are natural at what they do. They try to make everything in life poetic. Especially, their relationships. Being with a poet will be the most epic experience you ever encounter. Just when you think they can’t make life anymore interesting, BAM! You wake up to the neatest cursive script on crisp, antique paper. Each curve of the letter delving deeper into their love for you. No one can make you feel more courted than a person who rejects the idea that love is indescribable. Because a poet can articulate her love to a tee.

2) Don’t let the term “deep-thinker” fool you

Poets have to have a knack for detail. Their insights can be too in-depth for the analytical thinker. Because poets have sat back and observed their entire life, they are able to understand situations quickly. So, don’t be surprised when they show you their witty side. It’s not sarcasm. They are simply challenging you to some intellectual flirtation.

3) We all know clingy isn’t kinky

You need your space. And writer’s need it too. You will never have to worry about your poetic partner being too dependent. Don’t be surprised if they don’t come to bed at night as they force a poem out of their brains into that secret journal they never let you read. Try not to be offended if they spend more time with their notebooks and pens. The more time they spend writing, consider that the amount of time they spend thinking about you. You are most likely the inspiration for their words.

4)  Be understood for once

To be a writer, one must first be a reader. Readers have met more people than anyone else in the world. They have comforted the 12-year old girl who suffered abuse from her father. They have stood in the courtroom with convicted murderers. They have even traveled back in time and met dead presidents. Through stories, poets have witnessed situations they would have otherwise never understood. I’m sure they can handle whatever story you want to unfold.