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I had a mixed reaction to this ad--not that it much matters. I generally have a visceral disdain for celebrities in these sorts of spots. I'm also always worried when I see a community being characterized by a series of negative stats, no matter the intent. But that's my issue as a black person.  All of that aside, I was glad to see Antonio Cromartie in here. I was also glad to see the ad connect the behavior of children with the society at large. I don't know what to make of Cindy McCain.


Again, this is one of those times where I'm more interested in what you guys have to say (along with Gabriel Arana,) then I am in my own thoughts.

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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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