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Yeesh. 832 comments can't ever be good. I'm still in New Haven. Will be back on the job this afternoon. Evidently the shaming of Trayvon Martin for being a human teenager has gone from the selective posting of pictures, to the posting of fake pictures, to now just hacking his e-mail. What really hurts isn't what they posted, it's what they didn't:


A screenshot of Trayvon's Gmail inbox our source provided us is heartbreaking. Martin apparently used his Gmail account for his college search, and it's filled with emails about upcoming SAT tests and scholarship applications. ("Trayvon, now is the best time to take the SATs!") One email included the results of a career aptitude test, our source said. It "talked about his interest in aeronautics and stuff."
I think it was Wyatt Cenac who said last week, if we changed out of the hoodie they'd just change it to something else. That's all I have for now. The train to Harlem says "All-Aboard." As though I have a choice.
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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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