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Jerk Thoughts is a weekly self-help show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #life strategies with The voice of a struggling people, Kansas City's 2014 Hip Hop Awards "Humanitarian" of the year, and founder of The Jerk Nation ZotheJerk. Filmed in one take, without any notes or prompter, the show is quickly growing and becoming a favorite in the self-help category.

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In Baltimore we need protest in all its forms. Even joyful ones

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By Steven W Thrasher View image | gettyimages.com Spots of joy are necessary and needed in the seemingly endless fight for justice. In Baltimore on Tuesday night, as the city reeled from how the death of Freddie Gray exposed the … Continue reading

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One Disease Hits Mostly People of Color. One Mostly Whites. Which One Gets Billions In Funding?

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By Kiera Butler February 12, 2009, was supposed to be a big day for Carlton Haywood Jr.: The newly minted Johns Hopkins professor was set to travel from Baltimore to New York City to make a presentation at an important … Continue reading

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Are We Witnessing the Emergence of A Black Spring?

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By Priscilla Ocen & Khaled A. Beydoun View image | gettyimages.com In the spring of 2010, we witnessed massive protests in the Arab World. The people of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya had enough; they had enough of the violence propagated … Continue reading

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As Black And Brown People Protest Cop Killings, Whites Don’t See Institutional Racism

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By Vanessa Baden Kelly As Freddie Gray was laid to rest, Americans watched as Baltimore residents protested the death of the 25 year old, whose spinal chord “mysteriously” snapped while in police custody–causing his death. On Friday, six officers were … Continue reading

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The enduring shame of ‘separate and unequal’

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By Katrina vanden Heuvel ` In July 1966, James Baldwin published “A Report from Occupied Territory,” a despairing essay in The Nation contemplating race relations in Harlem and other American cities. Describing the deep sense of alienation and despair in … Continue reading

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The Curse of Segregation

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By Derek Thompson Baltimore did not need more negative publicity this week. But in a bit of fateful timing, the Equality of Opportunity Project of Harvard University has released two papers concluding that the income mobility for poor children in … Continue reading

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