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For Love to Grow, Hate Must Be Allowed to Live

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For Love to Grow, Hate Must Be Allowed to Live After a long weekend, Mondays usually find me a little short on cash. So on my Monday morning jog to the park, I often take a diversion down Collins Ave to stop at the ATM. On this route – unless I purposefully choose to avoid

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Why I Write

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The Village of Writing  by G. la Belles-Lettre (adopted from a speech to the Audley Webster Memorial Essay Contest Awards Ceremony) “Who reads essays anyway?” The epithet often screamed at the essay writer, or rather scrawled across the comments section in the online versions of thoughtful magazines. As we find ourselves now in the 15th year of

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4! (Four Factorial)

4! (Four Factorial)

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Witness history! 4! (Four Factorial) is a concept album invented, written, and performed by G. la Belles-Lettre (with production by O’hene Savant). Each track was written and produced so that the tracks can be played in any order and always feel like one seamless, continuous song. Taking its title from the mathematical operation, this album

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Health Insurance Insurance

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I Need Health Insurance Insurance “Excuse me?” I swallow hard and try to convince myself that I misheard the decimal placement. “Two-hundred ninety-five, please,” the pharmacy tech repeats. I sigh audibly, realizing the ostentatious number I was certain I had imagined is in fact reality. I lay out an array of credit, debit, and FSA

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Chemistry: A Miami Story

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College Freshman Payne Thomas leaves his troubled neighborhood in Detroit to attend University of Miami on partial scholarship, assuming he has left both the neighborhood and trouble. Soon after his arrival, he discovers the financial burden is more than he and his family can absorb. Too prideful to return home and now desperate for money,

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Steven Salaita

How Donald Sterling Got My Friend Fired

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How Donald Sterling Got My Friend Fired by G. la Belles-Lettre When rumors surfaced of former Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s shamefully insensitive phone conversation, I have to admit, I too clicked the link and listened to almost the entire audio. Like nearly everyone else, I was deeply offended by his remarks. Like those

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And the Art Was Forgotten

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And the Art Was Forgotten By G. la Belles-Lettre A funny thing happened on our way to democratized information. We learned so much about the business of art. We learned how much artists make. We learned the names of all the different positions within the entertainment industry, and we got to know some of the

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International Cosmopolitanism Day

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International Cosmopolitanism Day by G. la Belles-Lettre Today is quietly, contemplatively my birthday. A bit too old to want things and a bit too privileged to need things, I thought about what is the best gift I could receive today. So instead of asking for stuff, I declare today International Cosmopolitanism Day. Based on the

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NWA: Nonetheless We Admired

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NWA: Nonetheless We Admired by G. la Belles-Lettre The song “F*ck the Police” randomly came across my mind the other day. As I was singing the NWA classic to myself, I had to pause once I got to Easy E’s verse and found myself reciting: Shining a light in my face, and for what? Maybe

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Schizopheniform

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Schizopheniform: A Vision Emotional trauma can often lead to visual and auditory hallucinations. Follow our protagonist as he tries to make sense of the fantastical world that now surrounds him. Is it real or just his imagination? Click here to download.

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If…

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After a particularly rough year in his professional and personal life, PhD candidate Nicholas Rodney takes a much needed vacation to a secluded island. His time away seems mundane until a chance encounter with a part of his past he presumed lost. Now with a second chance, Nick must wrestle with his own understandings of

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A New Endeavor

Friend and mentor Fred D’Aguiar once explained that the fiction writer is more in touch with the human experience than the social scientist. As a musician, it is this precisely what I always attempted to share: a safe cognitive distance in the enclave of fiction from which the listener could come to a deep appreciation

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