NO ONE WILL be there to hug you in a coffin when you leave this unforgiving world. Nor will they care that you lived and died in an environment where it was easier to get a gun than a home cooked meal. Some nights I scroll the social media hashtags trying to find something opulent and…

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Fights and video IT’S 11:35 a.m. The first lunch period is ending. The noise erupts from lava lit tongues spewing insults. Two fiery female students are gravitating closer to one another. The flames are spreading like wildfire as their peers feed off the energetic chaos. This promises not to end in peace. We are told…

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Breaking mental chains: One boy’s challenge I’VE BEEN TEACHING juveniles in a detention facility for the past year. Inside those walls of containment are bottles of brilliant creative ingenuity that haven’t had the opportunity to exercise for the world. These fledgling inmates are learning that there are better decisions to make. To do so it…

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ONE DAY while walking with some family members on Philadelphia’s South St., I said, “I love those light skin girls with that long hair. They look beautiful.” It bounced off my 15-year-old tongue effortlessly, landing in the eardrums of my aunt. She quickly responded, “Oh you like those light girls. You one of those House…

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WHEN I WAS 18 and trying to win a college scholarship, I used to work out with a trainer named John Hartnett. One day he took me into a gym and I was surprised to find NBA players there. All of them seemed bigger than life, but the one who stood out to me was…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article concerns adolescent sexual and mental health issues, and may not be suitable for small children. [dropcaps]I[/dropcaps]t’s 10:30 am inside a brightly lit classroom. The students are done their work and decide to engage in a conversation about promiscuity. They celebrate the young ladies they have conquered, remembering each girl as of she…

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Dear Black Boys: I pray that one day we can say with a conscious mind, “It’s okay. You’re safe.” What does the bullet say to the living when it penetrates the skin? How does the spiral move through the flesh as it digs deeper into breath? What’s worse—dying because you were racially profiled and pursued,…

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