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BetAs I watched the BET Music Awards on Sunday evening, I was brought to tears by three things.

One, the rousing and emotional tribute to world renowned singer Whitney Houston by her mother Cissy Houston's whose emotional tribute of the gospel classic 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' grabbed me right in my chest. Two, Yolanda Adams gentle urging of her fellow artists to use their talent responsibly. "We need all of y'all," she said. "I'm saying the world needs everyone in this room. Please make sure that you use your gift responsibly, 'cause we're watching. Our babies are watching, and they want to be like us." Unfortunately she also read directly from the teleprompter when they asked her to "wrap it up."

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 18:04
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heatI love the hoodie meme.  

I love the fact that within days of the revolting shooting murder of the 17-year-old African-American teenager Trayvon Martin by the self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, thousands of unlikely individuals put on their hoodies, took pictures, and shared them through social media.  It was, to be sure, an unprecedented show of national solidarity within an often-ignored pattern, and it brought tears of pride to my eyes.  

But the wearing of hoodies alone will not overturn the vicious Stand Your Ground laws that have proliferated throughout U.S. states in the last year.  The hoodie is a meme, but it is not a movement.  And only organized pressure can change the law.

Sunday, 08 April 2012 18:51
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About the Author

  • Malkia Cyril is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ)- a national intermediary serving the media training, strategy, and organizing needs of justice movements and communities of color.  As an award-winning organizer and communications leader, Malkia has more than 15 years experience conceiving and managing grassroots communications and media organizing initiatives.

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