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From comments, here she is talking on CNN. Obviously, I don't really agree with a lot of this, but I do get a lot of it, if that makes sense. It's very familiar. 


But that aside, I was struck by something else--a kind of admiration for her not backing down. I don't mean admiration for being obstinate, but admiration for not saying "Well, what I really meant was..." Maybe this is coming off that Big Love thread, but I like that she represented. I wish she'd been pushed more in the interview on issues of identity, the individual, the collective, and its limits. Still, in a weird way, I appreciate her standing tall.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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