Day: September 8, 2009

My play cousin AverageBro came back from his Labor Day weekend ready to chop some heads over at the Obama Administration. Along with saying “Van Jones can kick rocks” and see all up underneath the Greyhound bus, he also offered up Valerie Jarrett as she was supposed to vet the guy. (Noooo! Not my Valerie! Think of the shoes!) But there is one person I’ve been DYING to replace since he was named — Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

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by Frenchie

When my boyfriend and I first made our relationship official almost a year ago, the most common question I was asked by my friends was, “…Is he black?” As an educated young black woman, the meaning and weight behind the question never ceased to surprise me and is continuously reflected in the dynamics of black relationships. While I’ve dated inter-racially before, dating an African American man in the U.S. brings an endless amount of joys and challenges like no other. Our relationship has functioned as a sounding board for many issues facing black people in America, and it is necessary to note that this has become an inescapable reality. To date a black man in America is to date the entire race and over 500 years of history.

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CNN recently reported the story of Brian Milligan Jr., an 18-year-old white man who was beaten by a group of 10 to 15 black men, possibly because Milligan was dating a black woman, 18-year old Nicola Fletcher. The couple from Buffalo, NY said they’d been regularly harassed by men and boys in the neighborhood because of their relationship. Milligan had even been shot with paintball pellets two days before the incident. His father now wants the attack to be treated as a hate crime.

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