An “Empire” Divided: Reimagining Cookie Lyon as a 21st Century Jezebel
Cultural Critique / Pop Culture / The Color Line

An “Empire” Divided: Reimagining Cookie Lyon as a 21st Century Jezebel

I just watched the latest episode of Fox’s breakout mid-season show “Empire” and as the show’s central character Cookie Lyon’s took the podium that was indeed acting as a Jezebel–Queen Jezebel that is. The name Jezebel is the English transliteration from the Hebrew Bible of the wife of the Israelite King Ahab who married a non-Israelite … Continue reading

Living in District Boundaries: Why Jackie Robinson West being stripped of their title is all about Race
Cultural Critique / Pop Culture / The Color Line

Living in District Boundaries: Why Jackie Robinson West being stripped of their title is all about Race

In full disclosure, I am a native Chicagoan. I proudly state “I was born and raised, South Side of Chicago” and I wear it like a blue ribbon earned in a 1st grade spelling bee.  Being able to claim the South Side of Chicago is a badge of honor amongst other blacks like being able … Continue reading

Kendrick Lamar and Black Hip Hop Masculinity
Cultural Critique / Gender & Sexuality / Politics / Pop Culture / The Color Line

Kendrick Lamar and Black Hip Hop Masculinity

  One of the challenges of doing cultural criticism is when the critic begins to infer their own meaning onto something that was not intended by the author or the creator of the work.  With my theological background, we learned about textual criticism when it came to the exegetical work of the biblical literature.  One … Continue reading

When “Precious Lord” Doesn’t Lead Home
Church and Society / Cultural Critique / Pop Culture / The Color Line

When “Precious Lord” Doesn’t Lead Home

Beyonce’s rendition of “Precious Lord” fell rather flat at the 2015 Grammys. That’s a commentary that didn’t make it into many news stories the day after.  Most stories used descriptors as “resplendent” and “emotional” to detail what the artist did in her rendering of the classic gospel piece.  Social media, particularly the eponymous Black Twitter, … Continue reading

Nothing to Lose, A Reflection
Cultural Critique / Politics / Random Thoughts from an Uppity Negro

Nothing to Lose, A Reflection

In lieu of flashpoint moments that have directly affected black Americans in the recent months, particularly the rape allegations of Bill Cosby, the tragic saga of Andrew “I am Delivert” Caldwell and the Church of God in Christ, and the prolonged moment of Ferguson that has has managed to arch over a few months, I … Continue reading

Telling the Tragic Truth of the Church of God in Christ, A Post-Mortem
Church and Society / Cultural Critique / Politics / Pop Culture / Religion / The Color Line

Telling the Tragic Truth of the Church of God in Christ, A Post-Mortem

In the weeks leading up to the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ, I wrote an open letter to Bishop Charles E. Blake and to the General Board imploring them to make a visible and vocal statement concerning the situation demanding justice for Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri–only 12 miles from … Continue reading