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Yes, my body still craves you But there are those other women …                                                                                 I know I will not fall in love.
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URBAN LIT IS HERE TO STAY

Urban lit, gangsta’ lit, thuggalore, call it whatever you like but it’s here to stay. These are some of the terms used to describe the griot story telling of the inner city through the eyes of those who have lived many of the tales they write about in their urban concrete jungle. These young writers are displaying and exploring the passion, scourge, mood, spirit and energy that they can only channel through a literary medium. What we are seeing now is a flowering of African American literature being written and told in a manner unlike anything that we have witnessed since the Harlem Renaissance. There’s a cultural literary movement going on; rap music, dance, and the way one speaks and dresses. It’s embedded in our pop culture, a way of life so to speak for many young people in the urban areas of America. The magnitude and ascent of the genre...
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Urban Lit is Literature

Urban lit writers are always viewed and oftentimes perceived by other writers as if literature is an isolated art form devoid of artistic value and therefore can only be transmitted to the masses through their voices only. How and when did their interpretation of what literature is become the Holy Grail? Literature is the art of written works. It is the work of one’s creative imagination which intertwines and meshes poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. We read literature because it correlates with our spoken language, people, culture, and tradition. With that said, is it not fair then to write and tell stories beyond the realm of one’s imagination and life experiences that so many people have lived or heard of? What is wrong with maximizing the depth and extensiveness of literature through the urban lit medium? Instead of the constant deleterious, toxic, and malicious attack that the genre has undergone since it...
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The Contraception Debate: A Woman’s Right or a Congress Mandate?

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In recent weeks, there has been controversy over comments made by the nationally syndicated radio show host, Rush Limbaugh over remarks he made about Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student who went to testify before an all male panel on Capitol Hill – a hearing she was initially denied, to discuss whether President Obama had hurt religious freedoms by a recent mandate that health insurance companies cover contraception.  Limbaugh in his diatribe; characterized Ms. Fluke as a slut and prostitute who wanted taxpayers to pay for women’s use of birth control and to have sex.  As a result of his comments, Limbaugh has caused a national debate over women’s rights to proper health care and the use of birth control and whether employers should allow insurance companies to pay for women’s contraception.   Let’s be fair, this debate started long before Limbaugh’s comments.  In actuality, it can be said that his comments...
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YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME!


Being a Bald Woman during the 80s was very different, than today. Hard renting homes to a "bald person like you".  People like me without hair! Yes "bald people like me". I heard the same insult numerous times throughout the years. Each time it came with another face and another reason. The ignorance was the same no matter where I went. In the USA or overseas. Confrontations and negative responses became continuous on a daily basis. Catching buses or cabs was an event in itself, being hollered at with profanity. I was attacked in taxi cabs and driven off my destination. Approached by men who asked me "What are you, a man or a woman?" Even had police order me to get off the street, or go put something on your head. Saying "you are attracting too much attention and disturbing the peace". Wouldn't get served in restaurants or stores, so I...
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