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Buddy_Gilapagos
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"Who are your heroes (excluding family)?"


  

          

So for my boys black affinity group at school they were asked to share who there heroes were. To help them figure out who there heroes are me and there momma talked about our heroes which started with our parents and family members.

When we asked who there heroes were they were.....The Rock and Kevin Hart.

My wife tried to gently suggest someone like Harriet Tubman and Barack Obama and they did add Obama, but the truth is, if you ask me who my heroes are outside of family members, they would be

Prince, Richard Pryor, Spike Lee, Muhammad Ali & Magic Johnson, all entertainers.

There are all sorts of people I admire like Toni Morrison, Paul Robinson, Malcolm X, MLK, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston but not sure I would call them my heroes because they seem so distant, like black gods.

Anyway, there affinity group day came around and I was scared my boys would be the only ones with "lightweight" heroes but there were quite a few Kevin Harts & The Rocks.

Anyway, who would you call your heroes? I say exclude family because for a lot of people that would come too easily.



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Subject Author Message Date ID
Edwin Moses, John Carlos, & Tommie Smith
Feb 18th 2021
1
Malcolm, Fred, Angela
Feb 18th 2021
2
All the obvious, but I've added LeBron to the list
Feb 18th 2021
3
Ken Griffey Jr., AOC, Jeff Gerstmann, Stephen Colbert
Feb 18th 2021
4
ditto to AOC!
Feb 18th 2021
8
Jay Z, Dev Hynes, Donald Glover, Tristan Walker
Feb 18th 2021
5
Hmm
Feb 18th 2021
6
Stacy Abrams, Fred Hampton, Jamal Khashoggi
Feb 18th 2021
7
Gordon Parks, Selma Burke,Arthur Ashe, Juicy J, Steve Wozniak
Feb 18th 2021
9
Gordon Parks is a good one. Everyone knows his photography even if
Feb 18th 2021
11
Suda51, Melvin Van Peebles, Kool Keith, Rivers Cuomo...
Feb 18th 2021
10
Besides artists, there's Frederick, Malcolm. John Henrik Clarke...
Feb 19th 2021
12
Chappelle, Aaron McGruder, Kobe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ye, DOOM
Feb 19th 2021
13
Malcolm X....James Baldwin....Alan Watts
Feb 19th 2021
14
WEB Dubois, Dr. King, Arturo Schomburg
Feb 19th 2021
15
Jay Z...
Feb 22nd 2021
16

MEAT
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Thu Feb-18-21 03:17 PM

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1. "Edwin Moses, John Carlos, & Tommie Smith"
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And that’s it.

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“There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.” -Albert Camus

  

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Hitokiri
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Thu Feb-18-21 03:39 PM

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2. "Malcolm, Fred, Angela"
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"You can't beat white people. You can only knock them out."

"There is only one god and his name is death. And there is only one thing we say to death: not today."

  

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KingMonte
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Thu Feb-18-21 04:22 PM

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3. "All the obvious, but I've added LeBron to the list"
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I have a 400 year old chip on my shoulder.

  

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Nodima
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Thu Feb-18-21 04:42 PM

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4. "Ken Griffey Jr., AOC, Jeff Gerstmann, Stephen Colbert"
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In terms of I have unequivocally good things to say about all these people and at various times in my life have gone to them for comfort.


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Damali
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Thu Feb-18-21 05:00 PM

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8. "ditto to AOC!"
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"But rest assured, in my luxurious house built on the backs of people darker than me, I am sipping fine scotch and scoffing at how stupid you are." - bshelly

  

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double negative
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Thu Feb-18-21 04:45 PM

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5. "Jay Z, Dev Hynes, Donald Glover, Tristan Walker"
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Jay Z - I'm not the biggest fan of his music but I appreciate his drive and I think hes one of those people who would have been good at anything. Now that hes older and more mature I really appreciate his self awareness, he talks like someone whos done some therapy and self work

Dev Hynes - for just being himself and doing what feels right

Donald Glover - big glow up. he went from nerdy comedian goofball to sexy singer dude to legit rapper, to excellent show creator, writer. His ability to be good in a lot of different areas inspires me and makes me know that it's not about being the best at one thing and letting that one thing dictate who you are.

Tristan Walker - he overcame his start in life, he essentially built his persona and built a solid brand


I have lots of others, but those are the names that come to mind in the moment

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handle
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6. "Hmm"
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ALL of my are problematic except Stevie Wonder and Bill Russel.

Pre 1942 F.D.R.
Pre 1975 Dick Gregory.
Pre 1996 George Carlin.
Muhammad Ali - except the black separatism period.
Cesar Chavez - except the Catholicism.
Bill Gates - post Microsoft period.

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Damali
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Thu Feb-18-21 04:57 PM

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7. "Stacy Abrams, Fred Hampton, Jamal Khashoggi"
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Thu Feb-18-21 04:59 PM by Damali

          

Alexi Navalny
Chelsea Manning
Patrice Lumumba
Jamal Khashoggi
Toni Morrison
Malcolm X
Zora Neale Hurston
Frederick Douglass
Edward Snowden
Gareth Jones
Angela Davis
Assata Shakur
Anthony Bourdain

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"But rest assured, in my luxurious house built on the backs of people darker than me, I am sipping fine scotch and scoffing at how stupid you are." - bshelly

  

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tomjohn29
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Thu Feb-18-21 05:48 PM

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9. "Gordon Parks, Selma Burke,Arthur Ashe, Juicy J, Steve Wozniak"
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Navem nu, cuando sol
Tutu nu, vondo nos nu
Vita em, no continous non
Nos nu ekta nos sepe ta, amen

When the sun shades the ship
We sweat and life is not safe
To swim or to touch not
When we unite we hedge amen

  

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GOMEZ
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Thu Feb-18-21 07:45 PM

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11. "Gordon Parks is a good one. Everyone knows his photography even if"
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they don't know it. I came to know about him through his photography, but dude was so diverse and talented. Later I was like, 'wait, what? He's the guy who made Shaft?' Dude was inspiring.

In a generation of swine, the one-eyed pig is king.
-Hunter S. Thompson

  

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Adwhizz
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10. "Suda51, Melvin Van Peebles, Kool Keith, Rivers Cuomo..."
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Also my old/deceased college professor Bill Donnely

R.I.P. Loud But Wrong Guy
Dec 29th 2009 - Dec 17th 2017

  

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flipnile
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Fri Feb-19-21 09:56 AM

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12. "Besides artists, there's Frederick, Malcolm. John Henrik Clarke..."
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...Carter G. Woodson, James Baldwin and a few others.

I'm an artist, and art ia s how I express myself so most of my heroes are artists.

I have plenty of non-Black non-artist 'heroes' as well, mostly writers/philosphers/scientists/intellectuals/etc.

  

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BrooklynWHAT
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Fri Feb-19-21 11:20 AM

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13. "Chappelle, Aaron McGruder, Kobe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ye, DOOM"
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Akira Toriyama, Yoshihiro Togashi

folks that inspired me w/ their thought, creativity and their approach to their professions

<--- Big Baller World Order

  

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Fri Feb-19-21 11:26 AM

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14. "Malcolm X....James Baldwin....Alan Watts"
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"The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in." - James Baldwin

  

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15. "WEB Dubois, Dr. King, Arturo Schomburg"
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Fri Feb-19-21 04:48 PM by naame

  

          

America has imported more warlord theocracy from Afghanistan than it has exported democracy.

  

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16. "Jay Z..."
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