Keith Boykin




Author of For Colored Boys, Beyond The Down Low, Respecting the Soul, and One More River to Cross.





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People are already making the comparison between Husain Abdullah’s Muslim prayer during Monday night’s game and Tim Tebow’s Christian prayers. Fair or not, the last thing the NFL wants right now is more bad publicity.

People are already making the comparison between Husain Abdullah’s Muslim prayer during Monday night’s game and Tim Tebow’s Christian prayers. Fair or not, the last thing the NFL wants right now is more bad publicity.

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Kansas City Chiefs’ player Husain Abdullah, who is Muslim, was penalized for “unsportsmanlike conduct" (a 15-yard penalty) for praying after he intercepted a Tom Brady pass and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown during the Monday Night Football game.

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Indianapolis Colts safety LaRon Landry has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Twitter had a field day, as you can see above. LaRon responded on Instagram with a post about the 24 hour rule.

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LeBron is officially back in Cleveland.

LeBron is officially back in Cleveland.

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Why The Lines Are So Long in Black Voting Precincts
In the three states with the longest voting lines in 2012 (Florida, South Carolina, and Maryland), precincts in minority neighborhoods were “systematically deprived of the resources they needed to make voting operate smoothly — specifically, voting machines and poll workers,” according to the New York Times.Citing data from a new report from the Brennan Center for Social Justice, the Times reported, “a clear relationship in those states between the racial makeup of a precinct and the number of voting machines it received from the state or county.” In South Carolina, for example, the law requires one voting machine per 250 voters, but in minority precincts there were up to 400 voters per machine.
That’s why the lines were so long on election day.

Why The Lines Are So Long in Black Voting Precincts

In the three states with the longest voting lines in 2012 (Florida, South Carolina, and Maryland), precincts in minority neighborhoods were “systematically deprived of the resources they needed to make voting operate smoothly — specifically, voting machines and poll workers,” according to the New York Times.

Citing data from a new report from the Brennan Center for Social Justice, the Times reported, “a clear relationship in those states between the racial makeup of a precinct and the number of voting machines it received from the state or county.” In South Carolina, for example, the law requires one voting machine per 250 voters, but in minority precincts there were up to 400 voters per machine.

That’s why the lines were so long on election day.

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The night bullets hit the White House— and the Secret Service didn’t know
The Washington Post
On the night of November 11, 2011 (11-11-11), 21-year-old gunman, Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, fired a semiautomatic rifle at the White House while Sasha and Malia Obama were inside. Secret Service officers heard gunshots but a commanding officer told them to “stand down.” The Secret Service did not investigate any further until a housekeeper noticed a broken window the next day, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Even after the discovery, they still did not tell First Lady Michelle Obama, who had just returned home from Hawaii. When the first lady later learned of the shooting from an usher, she was furious. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan had flown on the plane with her and never mentioned that someone had tried to kill her husband and fired shots at her home while her children were inside.

The night bullets hit the White House
— and the Secret Service didn’t know

The Washington Post

On the night of November 11, 2011 (11-11-11), 21-year-old gunman, Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, fired a semiautomatic rifle at the White House while Sasha and Malia Obama were inside. Secret Service officers heard gunshots but a commanding officer told them to “stand down.” The Secret Service did not investigate any further until a housekeeper noticed a broken window the next day, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Even after the discovery, they still did not tell First Lady Michelle Obama, who had just returned home from Hawaii. When the first lady later learned of the shooting from an usher, she was furious. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan had flown on the plane with her and never mentioned that someone had tried to kill her husband and fired shots at her home while her children were inside.

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THIS STORY IS NOT ABOUT THE DOWN LOW

I was really enjoying this eye-opening New York Times piece by Fayemi Shakur on gay Africans fleeing to New York (especially now that the government of Nigeria has passed a draconian new law that essentially bans homosexuality).

But then, in the middle of the article, the author of the piece explains that “an undercover culture of men on the down low’ exists in the African-American community.”

Please, please, please, stop perpetuating this silly myth. The “down low” is actually a 10-year-old meme that’s been thoroughly discredited in books, articles, CDC studies, and academic literature.

Shakur’s article is otherwise very informative, but the New York Times media venue is far too prominent a place to resurrect outdated, homophobic, and racist memes about black sexuality and identity.

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Happening Right Now In Ferguson

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Apparently a police officer has been shot in Ferguson, which seems to explain the extraordinary police activity.

Apparently a police officer has been shot in Ferguson, which seems to explain the extraordinary police activity.

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