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Jay Smooth explains how Don Lemon’s ‘respectability politics’ internalizes shame

Hip hop activist Jay Smooth ripped into CNN’s Don Lemon in video released Thursday, mocking his “f*cking terrible” claim black men could alleviate poverty by avoiding saggy pants. Smooth said Lemon’s advice wasn’t actually intended to seriously help anyone with their problems, instead the advice implicitly blamed black men for…

Republican’s real feelings for Mitt Romney revealed in new song: ‘Phony’

Inspired by music superstar Jay-Z’s song “Glory” for his new born daughter, hip-hop radio host Jay Smooth thought it was time to dedicate a few lines to GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney. Smooth’s parody “Phony” purports to represent how dissatisfied Republican voters feel, put into a rap song about Romney’s…