The ‘Common’ Problem in Misunderstanding Racism
Cultural Critique / Politics / Pop Culture / The Color Line

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
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
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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

An Open Letter to Bishop Charles E. Blake and the Church of God in Christ
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An Open Letter to Bishop Charles E. Blake and the Church of God in Christ

Dear Bishop Charles E. Blake and the General Board of the Church of God in Christ, The 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ will be held from November 3-11, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri and as a concerned progressive Christian of the millennial generation, I implore you that during this week of … Continue reading

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The Millennium Negro: The “New Black”

“To put it bluntly, the likes of Pharrell and Raven-Symoné can afford to declare their independence from blackness.” In April of this year, Pharrell Williams declared the “new Black” in an interview with Oprah Winfrey by saying: The “new black” doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “new black” dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; … Continue reading

The Continuing Blackness of “Black-ish”
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The Continuing Blackness of “Black-ish”

A week later, ABC’s last week #1 comedy, “black-ish” dropped from that position, losing 24% of their audience from last week (however ABC is quick to point out that this is still the strongest showing of a show in the slot immediately following the Emmy Award winning “Modern Family”). Also, while dropping in the number of … Continue reading