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https://twitter.com/CoriBush/status/1345804761380085760

There’s been an insane amount of discourse around Jimmy Dore, and with good reason. A portion of the Left is dedicated to uplifting him as an underdog, fighting courageously for Medicare For All while every other leftist with a platform is essentially “doing nothing.”

Dore supporters believe that he is the only one holding progressives accountable, and the fact that he has targeted The Young Turks in recent days has only galvanized this idea of Dore as a champion of progressive values. Here’s an example of the kind of recent online support for Dore:

What is the point of this article? Am I purposely trying to divide the Left? Since I disagree with #ForceTheVote, did The Young Turks convince me to write this article? Am I a “NATO shill”? The sad truth is that these are actual arguments that I could see levied my way, simply because I offer my opinion. These arguments are, of course, ridiculous. …


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I don’t have a huge following, so I won’t act like I am telling you something you don’t know. There was a New York Times piece that caused quite a stir several days ago. The article involved two teenagers — a white girl named Mimi Groves and a biracial teenager named Jimmy Galligan.

I wasn’t going to write about this particular incident, even though I write about racism pretty often. However, I read Nicholas Grossman’s article in Arc Digital and found myself compelled to respond. I also responded on Twitter because I was upset.

There is no doubt in my mind that Grossman has experienced none of the racism that I have — and I felt like his perspective was skewed. I tweeted this out (keep this in mind for…


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This is the November 2020 version of 5 Things That I Didn’t Know Before.

The White Panther Party

Anyone reading this is probably aware of The Black Panther Party. However, I never knew that a White Panther Party existed. The Black Panthers were a Black Power political organization that reached its peak in membership in 1970. It was founded by Oakland college students Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966. Some argue that The Black Panther Party is the most influential black movement organization in United States history.

The White Panther Party was founded just two years later in 1968, and it was an antiracist organization that was most active in Michigan. The White Panther Party went out of its way to make sure that it wasn’t known as a white supremacist organization because of its name. The headquarters of The White Panther Party was raided in 1970. …


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From My Own Spotify

Many rappers put out projects in 2020, and many of them are struggling because they are missing out on hundreds of thousands, or even millions, in show money. Some emcees have taken the opportunity to put out more quality music than ever before. If there is one rapper whose stock has risen significantly during the pandemic — it’s Ransom.

If you’ve been listening to mixtapes for a long time, you probably know about Ransom, but what he has done in the last year is truly remarkable. He has always been technically skilled, and hip-hop fans on the East Coast have known about this for some time. …


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It’s taken me a while to adjust to the fact that I am an “old head”, but the concept is pretty simple: at the end of the day, there are 15 year-olds that are obsessed with hip-hop, and I’m over twice their age. Unlike other people my age, I don’t downplay the talent of younger artists. I recognize that the emphasis on lyricism has changed and that melodies play a much more crucial role in hip-hop. I still listen to Jay-Z, Nas, and Biggie, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, or Baby Keem, either.

I do know one thing, though: a lot of younger hip-hop fans have Jeezy (formerly Young Jeezy) ALL the way fucked up. …


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This is the September 2020 edition of 5 Things That I Didn’t Know Before.

A retweet could mean a felony.

You will often find accounts on Twitter that make it clear that “retweets are not endorsements.” The concept here is simple — the individual might retweet specific tweets that others deem offensive, but that doesn’t mean that that particular individual ENDORSES what is said in the tweet. It’s a pretty simple concept to grasp.

However, four people who retweeted a tweet now face felony charges. Kevin Alfaro, a 21-year-old at a Black Lives Matter protest, tweeted the original tweet. The tweet asked the Internet to identify a police officer and negatively referred to him (calling him a “bitch”, specifically). …


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https://history.columbian.gwu.edu/jessica-krug

From time to time, I write about how “white women need to stop”, but this particular story is genuinely disturbing. It appears as though a white Jewish woman named Jessica Krug has “assumed various black identities.”

You’ve probably heard about entertainers blackfishing, but this woman is part of the academic world, so her grift was considered significantly more distasteful. Krug, while pretending to be black, actually became a professor at GW University. What did she teach? African history.

She wrote out a Medium post, which seems like it was written very quickly. One of the most disgusting aspects of the post is that it wastes no time blaming “mental health demons”, which now seems to be the de-facto excuse for almost anything. …


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The cover of Visakan Veerasamy’s book, “Friendly Ambitious Nerd”

A couple points before we begin:

I will be describing some incredible takeaways from a book by Visakan Veerasamy, called “Friendly Ambitious Nerd.”

I wasn’t compensated for this in any way and I don’t want to be. I wrote this article because I bought Visa’s book and found it valuable. Why did I buy Visa’s book? I think he is, hands-down, one of the best Twitter accounts in the world. I did buy him coffee (virtually) once and asked him his opinions about a couple of songs, but that’s as far as our interaction has gone.

I’m older than Visa, but there’s one thing that I have always maintained: I can learn from anyone. Also, this guy is fucking smart. He comes across as someone who genuinely wants to meet and connect with people all around the world and build a supportive community of some kind. …


One of the saddest things about Ben Shapiro is that he is considered to be an intellectual pillar of the right. In fact, The New York Times called him the “cool kid’s philosopher” in 2017, which is absolutely insane. Regardless, the website he founded is now so influential that Facebook was reportedly afraid of actually fact-checking it.

If you are wondering about the type of people that associate with the Daily Wire, consider that Michael Knowles works there — a man that stooped so low that Fox News had to apologize FOR him when he called Greta Thunberg “mentally ill.”


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Used with permission from Madeleine Paris

I like to check out cool artists on Twitter as much as possible, and many artists are often retweeting and supporting other cool artists. I try to reach out to an artist from time to time to see whether they are cool with me asking a couple questions about their lives and/or careers.

I asked Madeleine Paris if she was fine with a quick interview, and she was down. If you enjoy this interview, please check out her work. You can purchase art from Madeleine Paris at her store, here. You can follow her on Twitter here. …

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Neil Mathew

I write about business, finance, technology, art, and culture. Featured in The Startup, Level, Data-Driven Investor, Med Daily, and more. neilmathew85@gmail.com

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