Ferguson and Trayvon Prove America Is No Democracy for Blacks

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke addresses the clash between residents and cops in Ferguson, Missouri.

The protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, are providing proof that the U.S. government sanctions racial injustice in this country while denouncing it abroad. The federal government spends trillions of dollars so we can be the world's peacekeepers. We start wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the name of freedom. We help rebel groups oust dictators and oppressors like Muammar Gaddafi and the Taliban. We send drones and warplanes to bomb Islamic rebels in Iraq and Syria who are killing Christians. And we place sanctions on Iran for putting protesters in jail.


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Black Entrepreneurs Being Left Out of Medical Marijuana Boom

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke wants to know why African Americans are not invited to the pot party.

There's big money being made in the marijuana legalization movement. But African Americans are still getting screwed when it comes to pot. In fact, black people are being squeezed out of the marijuana game. Even the New York Times, in an op-ed column calling for an end to America's pot ban, admitted that marijuana laws target African-Americans: "Even worse," they wrote, "the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals."

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New York Times Is Wrong About Jumbo's

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke says good riddance to a restaurant that didn't serve blacks.

Last week, when Liberty City soul food restaurant Jumbo's closed its doors, it was big news. The New York Times' Frances Robles wrote a front-page story documenting how the joint went from discriminating against African-Americans to becoming a black Miami landmark. The Miami Herald and others followed.

I, for one, am glad the place is gone. Good riddance. If the black people who frequented Jumbo's had any sense, they would have put the restaurant out of business decades ago.

See also: Liberty City Icon Jumbo's, the Temple of Fried Shrimp, Set to Close After Sale

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Today's Rappers Owe Everything to As Nasty As They Wanna Be

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke reminisces about the album that changed hip-hop.

It's hard to believe 25 years have gone by since I put out 2 Live Crew's As Nasty as They Wanna Be, the first album in history to be deemed legally obscene. Back then, I never imagined I'd be the only music artist to go to jail and take the fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court for this rap shit. I'm the reason today's biggest rappers, from Rick Ross to Lil Wayne to Drake, can make sexually explicit songs without fear of being prosecuted.

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LeBron James Would Have to Be Crazy to Leave Miami for Cleveland -- Updated

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke dives into LeBron-mania.

Update: LeBron James has made the dumbest decision of his life. He is heading to Cleveland.

LeBron James is not stupid. But leaving the Miami Heat would be the King's dumbest decision if he actually opts to move back to Cleveland. He'd be giving up living in paradise, residing in a state with no income tax, and playing for the most stable, most competitive organization next to the San Antonio Spurs. By going back to Cleveland, LeBron would essentially be bowing down to Dan Gilbert, the Cavaliers' owner who doesn't value James as the league's greatest player, other than using him to increase the value of the Cavaliers and sell out Quicken Loans Arena.

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Charlie Crist Is No Friend to African-Americans in Florida

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke finds parallels between inner city violence and wars abroad.

The Democratic Party in Florida is such a joke that its best candidate for governor is a flip-flopping clown. Charlie Crist has been busy reinventing himself as a liberal, but it's not fooling voters. Last week, a mysterious political group aired ads on black radio stations accusing Crist of disproportionately harming African-Americans by siding with gun rights groups and imposing harsh sentencing and drug policies.

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Liberty City Violence Is Like Iraq

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke finds parallels between inner city violence and wars abroad.

The violent conflict in Iraq and the street violence in Liberty City share a common, disturbing theme: Governments in both places have systematically disenfranchised a class of citizens to the point where they have nothing to live for. When that happens, people become all about survival. They develop a "kill or be killed" personality.

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If Redskins Lose Their Patent, Aunt Jemima Better Watch Out

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke says the Redskins are protected by free speech

Civil rights activists are hailing the recent decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins. The agency ruled the trademarks are offensive to Native Americans. But the ruling doesn't mean anything. In fact, the decision will be overturned on appeal like it was 16 years ago when the Redskins' trademark was similarly canceled.

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NCAA Recruiting Scandal Pits Miami Hurricanes Versus Florida Gators

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. In this special online edition, Luke opines about the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators getting caught up in another college football controversy.

The University of Miami and the University of Florida are embroiled in the latest college football scandal. The controversy highlights why NCAA rules restricting a recruiter's contact with student athletes make no sense.

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Online Pimps Are Real and They're Victimizing Kids in Miami

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke talks about the new scourge of online pimps.

For decades, parents protecting their daughters from predators are used to watching out for dudes who look like Bishop Don Juan. They are on the lookout for a flesh peddler dressed in a flamboyant fur coat riding around in a tricked out Cadillac. Except the modern day pimp dresses like Steve Urkel and uses Instagram and Twitter to turn tricks.

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