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In Hip-Hop I trust

As published in the Campus Times

Hip-hop isn’t a genre of music it’s a movement, a culture of freedom and community. Yet, it’s often associated with violence and misogyny. It seems as if our morally satiated society is simply too pure for a rebellious culture like hip-hop. But, any rational person should be able to decipher that the hip-hop culture that’s criticized is merely a mirror of the general music industry. However, the commercialization of hip-hop has seemed to be singled out from the Punk Rockers who originally had a social agenda.

Ever since one student told me that he would never listen to Jay-Z because he’s not into the whole ‘shooting” and ‘violent” thing, I’ve felt a social obligation to deter this contagious ignorance on our campus especially as an active member of UR Hip-Hop where our quest is to recapture hip-hop’s essence.

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http://www.campustimes.org/2009/12/12/in-hip-hop-i-trust/1

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Hip Hop: An Old Argument for A New Approach

It is the dead horse that refuses to go under; it is the double edged sword that struggles to determine who its real enemy is; it’s the needle in the haystack that we continue drop back into that pile even after rigorously sifting through the trash to find it.
Hip Hop.

Like it or not, I know that the term alone evokes an array of emotions that range anywhere between absolute disgust and jubilant praise. No matter how much the self-proclaimed elite may haughtily label attempts to defend the culture as a fruitless peeing contest, hip hop remains at the nexus of our culture for a reason: it is one of the most powerful gems of urban America.

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http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/youngprofessionals/?p=2974

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‘Legend’ary concert returns to classic R & B stylings

As published in the Campus Times

Chills and nostalgia could be felt up every spine at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gordon Field House on Thursday, Nov. 11. A mixed crowd of college students, elderly couples and middle-aged men and women, who looked as if they were prepared for a Motown anniversary, packed Gordon to hear the six-time Grammy winner John Legend sing and play his heart out.

Although it was merely an hour and 15-minute concert, every minute was golden and worth the discounted $18 ticket and the bus ride from UR.

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http://www.campustimes.org/2010/11/18/legend%E2%80%99ary-concert-returns-to-classic-r-b-stylings/

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Teacher Feature: Bringing humor to the mundane

As posted in the Campus Times

When and how did you first get into journalism?
I have been writing professionally for newspapers and magazines since I was 11 years old. I used to take my little brother and I would have him stand in a pothole and take a picture of him. And then I would write an angry paragraph about this pothole –– how big it was and how badly it needed to be fixed.

And then the local newspaper would print this. It was called the Brooklyn Heights Crosstown Courier. And then they would fix the pothole.

And then I would get my brother out there again, squatting next to where the pothole used to be, smiling: ‘Look they fixed it.’

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http://www.campustimes.org/2010/11/04/teacher-feature-bringing-humor-to-the-mundane/

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Frat Boys and Poets: More than an ordinary frat night

As published in the Campus Times

“Yes, yes y’all,” Carl Parker shouted as he walked onto the center stage of a crowded Alpha Delta Phi living room last Wednesday night.

“And you don’t stop,” the large crowd of 40 or so students roared.

While we may typically think of Alpha Delta Phi as a fun spot to throw down and get live on a Saturday night, the brothers have reached out to LOGOS and the Black Students’ Union to turn their house into a Wednesday night hot spot. But unlike Saturdays, Wednesday nights at the house draw a mellow crowd of students who are ready to slam — poetically.

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http://www.campustimes.org/2010/10/21/frat-boys-and-poets-more-than-an-ordinary-frat-night/

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Taking sides in controversial game of ‘Honor’

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Electronic Arts’ new “Medal of Honor” video game, which is scheduled for release on Oct. 12 on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PS3, has been raising eyebrows all the way from London to a GameStop near you.

Last week, the commander of the Army and Air Force Exchange, Major General Bruce Casella, announced that the popular title will be banned from all Post Exchanges on U.S. Military bases across the globe. Following suit, GameStop declared that the game will be banned from at least 49 different branches in the United States.

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http://www.campustimes.org/2010/09/09/taking-sides-in-controversial-game-of-honor/

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Snoop Dogg concert nuthin’ but an RIT thang

As published in the Campus Times

Last Saturday, a bus full of UR students pulled up outside of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gordon Field House where there was a seemingly endless Disney World-sized line of locals and college students. Who could possibly draw this size of a crowd? Could it be the RIT Tigers, Jessica Simpson, Kris Kringle or Snoop Dogg? If you guessed Snoop, then you probably have a decent GPA.

RIT has hosted rappers like Nas and G-Unit, but neither of them managed to pack the Gordon Field House like Snoop. With a career that spans over 19 years, the 38-year-old West Coast rapper drew a diverse crowd of old and new school cats.

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http://www.campustimes.org/2010/04/15/snoop-dogg-concert-nuthin-but-an-rit-thang/

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