A Christian’s Apology to Atheists because “God’s Not Dead”
Church and Society / Cultural Critique / Pop Culture / Religion

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
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

Being True to Our Native Land: Why Thomas Chatterton Williams gets the race conversation wrong
Cultural Critique / Pop Culture / Random Thoughts from an Uppity Negro / The Color Line

Being True to Our Native Land: Why Thomas Chatterton Williams gets the race conversation wrong

Oppression messes with the mind. That’s a sentiment that has stuck with me in earnest during the second half of 2014.  As I personally embroiled myself with online conversations around race and gender that I found supremely frustrating and watch a nation grapple with race in a different manner following the deaths of Eric Garner … Continue reading

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
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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