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About Sykes

Hi! I'm glad you're here. My name is Michael Sykes, II, if you couldn't tell by now, and I'm a media professional.

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Pondering Black America’s future with Playa Dreamz by MITOGA

America’s history with black people and their mistreatment goes back a long way. They say the only way to learn from the mistakes of the past is to know them and compare them to the mistakes you’ve already made. Yet … Continue reading

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Local football coaches try to catch the deep ball on societal issues

On Friday, Oct. 7, The Gwynn Park High School Yellow Jackets and Potomac Wolverines were slated to play a football game against each other. Danny Hayes, Gwynn Park’s head coach, prepared his team to face a tough challenge from a … Continue reading

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Growing up black in Journalism and my NABJ 2016 experience

I’m black and I’m a reporter. Those are two things that generally don’t mix. Newsrooms around the country for news companies big and small are all filled with my white counterparts. They do good work, sometimes great work, and I enjoy … Continue reading

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A Thankless Service: A profile on the Maryland Veteran’s Museum

Southern Maryland does not look like it has much to the naked eye, but digging deeper within the region’s rich history can be quite rewarding. The Maryland Veteran’s Museum in Newburg, Md., just beyond the Potomac River, is one of … Continue reading

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Steven Adams’ Monkey Business not a big deal

Racism is a problem in this country. It always has been. It may well be a problem for the rest of eternity. So when Steven Adams refers to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as “quick little monkeys,” yeah, some eyebrows … Continue reading

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Adam Silver backed the NBA into a corner, but it was the right thing to do

In March when North Carolina legislators passed an anti-LGBT law requiring transgender North Carolinians to use public restrooms according to whatever gender is originally on their birth certificate, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took somewhat of a hard stance and said, … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Collectibles

Everyone has a grandmother, right? Here’s mine. I took hundreds of photos of my grandmother today as part of my second project for Visual Storytelling and here’s how the gallery came out. I’m not a professional at this point, but … Continue reading

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Can too much development be a bad thing in Prince George’s County?

Prince George’s County will see economic development projects reaching the value of nearly $6 billion. But some citizens around the county are questioning whether that is the best thing to happen for its citizens. Prince George’s County, like the rest … Continue reading

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TEDx Youth Speakers empower Washington’s youth with Independence

  If the goal is to empower today’s youth with a sense of individuality and independence, the speakers at TEDx Youth in Columbia Heights did just that with their audience at today’s Tehnology, Entertainment and Design  talk.  As they leave … Continue reading

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