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?
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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

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

Kendrick Lamar and Black Hip Hop Masculinity
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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

Nothing to Lose, A Reflection
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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
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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