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Dear Friends,

My name is Vernon Johnson, and many of you have known me for a very long time now. I have had the esteemed pleasure of meeting folks all at different points in my life. I am participating (running) in the 2011 Chicago AIDS Walk/Run 5K with my agency and need your help. I am asking for a donation of $20, or any amount (I mean any!) that you are comfortable in giving as soon as possible. You can follow this link to make a safe and secure donation:http://afc.aidschicago.org/netcommunity/vernon *The date of the event is October 1st in Chicago, IL. I am hoping to raise $500 for those who suffer from AIDS and research to help with treatment and a cure. Please help me to exceed this goal, we can do it! Thank you for your time! Please spread this message to your other networks as well! Have a great afternoon.

-Vernon

This is indeed a blog post worthy of re-blogging!

Hip Hop and the Brokedown Contract Recently, I was involved in an online discussion with three African American cultural scholars about hip hop artists Jay-Z and Kanye West and their latest collaborative CD, Watch the Throne. Since that discussion of a few weeks back, I’ve been increasingly bothered by what I see as the apologist stance of fans and hip hop scholars alike for the misogyny, rampant materialism, and apolitical nature in most of  commercial hip hop music; this apologi … Read More

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