Sheriff’s Surveillance: Good for Goose, Good for Gander

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Jasmyne Cannick: For me the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s 2012 secret mass surveillance experiment conducted on the residents of Compton has less to do with the actual experiment but more to do with the cloud of secrecy around it and the decision not to inform the public so as to not have to deal with complaints or public outrage.

Abercrombie & Fitch’s ‘Fat Policy’ A Good Thing

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Jasmyne Cannick: Protesting Abercrombie & Fitch is sending the message to children, teens, and adults that it’s okay to be fat and if people don’t accept you being fat and make clothes to accommodate your fatness that they are somehow bad.

Chick-Fil-A: Gays Can Be Bullies, Too

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Jasmyne Cannick: Gays whose feathers have been ruffled by Chick-Fil-A need to demonstrate a little common sense—find somewhere else to eat and take ten of their best friends with them.

The Willis Edwards I Knew

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Jasmyne Cannick: The flying headlines and blog posts about Willis Edwards’ death and him being openly gay were just as disrespectful and illustrate the disconnect between us and them.

Because Some Laundry Needs to Be Aired

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Jasmyne Cannick: I practically collapsed on the spot when I walked into that hospital room and saw my friend hooked up to an IV, withered down to skin and bones.

The Accidental Hero—Remembering Rodney King

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Jasmyne Cannick: For every Black man and woman in Los Angeles who has ever been pulled over for driving while Black since March 3, 1991, a debt of gratitude is owed to Rodney King for the beating they didn’t get.

The Aha Moment That Forever Changed My Life

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Jasmyne Cannick: There is no reason why in 2012 any of us should be dying from AIDS. The barriers that prevent us from seeking help must be addressed honestly and right now so that there is never another situation like what I walked into with my friend.

White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women

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Jasmyne Cannick: why have these two female powerhouse organizations been missing in action on the two Los Angeles talk radio hosts who offended women, particularly Black women, when they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho” three days after her death?

Breaking Silence on New Face of Employment Discrimination

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Jasmyne Cannick: Why it’s going to take more than a college degree and a clean criminal record for Shameicka to get a job today.

Ralphs’ Workers Aren’t the Only Ones Getting Played

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Jasmyne Cannick: When I think about it, the only thing that has changed since those stores were taken over by Ralph’s in the early 1990’s, are the increase in prices and the sign on the outside of the building.

Philly’s Mayor’s Message to the Youth? Yeah, Right.

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Jasmyne A. Cannick: It was another case of yet another Black leader passionately voicing the frustration of his generation with younger generations of Blacks by preaching to the choir.

Not All Black Democrats Subscribe to ‘But He’s the First Black President’

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Jasmyne A. Cannick: Me — I long fell out of love with the President. I don’t talk about it much because doing so can be a detriment to your well-being in certain company.

Redistricting and California’s African Americans

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Jasmyne Cannick: The bottom line is that they can draw all the Black voter-friendly districts they want but if Blacks continue on this mass exodus to the South, there won’t be enough Blacks left to vote anyone into office and the ones that are left won’t have the same adoration for the political process as their ancestors.

3 A.M. in the Morning…

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Jasmyne Cannick: I can’t help but wonder if the L.A.P.D. would hover over one of those Westside neighborhoods for 3 hours in the middle of the night waking up all of those good taxpaying white folks and scaring the crap of their kids like they do ours.

The New Geography: Today The Middle East, Tomorrow Zamunda

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Jasmyne Cannick: It’s no secret that news out of Africa and about Africans is no daily consequence in most national newscasts and that when we do make the news, depending on the region — countries in Africa end up in this fictional continent known as The Middle East.

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