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Tell It Tuesday: For Those Who Feel Like There’s No Justice, Remember This

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Tupac Shakur By Ta-ning Connai June 16 was Tupac Shakur’s birthday. And if he was still alive today, he would have been 47 years old. Often hailed as the greatest rapper of all time, he was Passion Manifested! Whether spitting prose like a modern Gil Scott-Heron, making gangsterish threats to a dope beat or dropping knowledge like the late Malcolm…

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If Suicide Seems Like Your Only Hope, Try This Instead…

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Anthony Bourdain By Ta-ning Connai I watched Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on a barely working television when I was living in a rinky dink hotel. It was a depressing period in my life and there was hardly anything that could cheer me up. By stumbling through the channels one day, I was instantly captivated by the professional chef’s people-loving skills…

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Tell It Tuesday: How Football Led Kaepernick to a Higher Calling

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Photo illustration by Cristiana Couceiro. Source photograph of Colin Kaepernick: Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/ Getty Images. By Ta-ning Connai There’s nothing like a man on a mission, especially a man who didn’t set out to be on one. Colin Kaepernick was getting busy on the turf when the call to activism came knocking. His stand against racial injustice came by…

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Tell It Tuesday: Homeless to Harvard Teen Knows Real Success

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Richard Jenkins By Ta-ning Connai  Sometimes the road to success is littered with disaster. For 18-year old Richard Jenkins, homelessness and lots of humiliation tried to obstruct his path. Yet, while living in a shelter surrounded by hopelessness and despair, he reached for books as his way of escape. As word spread at school regarding his obsession with reading, bullies…

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Tell It Tuesday: Meghan Markle’s #BlackGirlMagic is a Reminder of This

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By Ta-ning Connai Black Girl Magic is a big gigantic rainbow! And if Meghan Markle were a part of my 90’s inner city camp crew called Unlimited Flavors, she probably could’ve squeezed right in between me (they named me Nutty Coconut) and this girl we called Vanilla Almond Swirl! We were celebrating our black girl magic way back before the…

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Tell It Tuesday: Gabrielle Union’s ‘Breaking In’ Will Have You Giving It Up to Mom.

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By Ta-ning Connai  Gabrielle Union was recently spotted wilin’out, throwing things and dropping bodies left and right! NO, not in real life (that’d be so weird) but in her new movie, Breaking In, which was released over Mother’s Day Weekend. Instead of the same old “if you try to hurt me, my dad the ex-cop is gonna postpone his retirement,…

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Tell It Tuesday: The Lesson in Jada Pinkett Smith’s ‘Red Table Talk’

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L-R: Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Jada Pinkett Smith & Willow Smith  By Ta-ning Connai Jada Pinkett Smith is the realest! She’s the perfect mix of class and sass, and will go gangsta on any fool who thinks she won’t! She’s the reigning queen of killer abs and balances work and fam like nobody’s business. All of which is why she’ll always be…

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Tell It Tuesday: Will Kanye Ever Be Great Again?

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Photo taken by Ta-ning Connai in her Santa Monica neighborhood By Ta-ning Connai As soon as we think we’ve recovered from Kanye’s last outrageous stunt…SURPRISE!….he hits us with another dose of untapped foolishness! He recently poured out some pretty glowing feelings about the POTUS and I suppose he had to ignore Trump’s racist, misogynistic and morally decayed views in order…

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