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Waiting on the Movement
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Waiting on the Movement

Last August, as the steam gathered behind the national sentiments of anger following the death of Michael Brown, I kept waiting for the moment that something or someone was going to grab the reins and take it to the next level.  As the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter emerged and assumed a life of its own, I kept … Continue reading

Who Speaks for Michael Singleton?
Cultural Critique / Politics / Random Thoughts from an Uppity Negro / The Color Line

Who Speaks for Michael Singleton?

“A coupla years ago, my homeboy was beat by police.  I wanted to go down with him and protest with him.  Honestly, my mom wasn’t on my mind…the police were just on my mind.” Those are words that 16-year-old Michael Singleton offered to WMAR the ABC affiliate of Baltimore in the days following what amounted … Continue reading

Rekia Boyd and the Myth of Modern-Day Black Male Exceptionalism
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Rekia Boyd and the Myth of Modern-Day Black Male Exceptionalism

The burden of carrying about blackness in this country is one that seems to compound exponentially as times goes on if you let it.  The state of being “in a rage all the time” as James Baldwin said is something that comes with a tax; there is a price to pay.  Relationships suffer, isolation sets in. … Continue reading

If You’re Reading This It’s Not Too Late to Start Writing: Black Public Intellectuals in a Ghost West Era
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If You’re Reading This It’s Not Too Late to Start Writing: Black Public Intellectuals in a Ghost West Era

Below is an excerpt from the essay Michael Eric Dyson that was recently published entitled “The Ghost of Cornel West” in the magazine The New Republic: This is no biased preference for the written word over the spoken; I am far from a champion of a Eurocentric paradigm of literacy. This is about scholar versus … Continue reading

A Christian’s Apology to Atheists because “God’s Not Dead”
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A Christian’s Apology to Atheists because “God’s Not Dead”

Late Sunday night after a topsy-turvy weekend of emotions on the homefront, my life settled enough for me to peruse the B-lists of movies that were on Netflix.  For those who don’t have Netflix, there are a bevy of second-rate movies that usually live up to their B-list nature.  Occasionally there are a few box … Continue reading

The ‘Common’ Problem in Misunderstanding Racism
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The ‘Common’ Problem in Misunderstanding Racism

The American cultural memory seems to have lengthened.  At least as far as social media outlets are concerned as well as the blogosphere and the plethora of e-media sites.  As we still are affixed under the shadow of a “post-” era of Ferguson, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin et. al., every new moment we experience … Continue reading