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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

When Keeping It Real Goes Black-ish
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When Keeping It Real Goes Black-ish

“Black-ish picks up the conversation the Huxtables were having when the cameras weren’t on.” –myself, 9/24/2014 To round off ABC’s Wednesday night line-up with millennial sit-coms using the pre-year 2000 format of focusing on the American family, after three back-to-back shows focusing predominantly on Anglo-Saxon families, there is a black family.  Well, I guess they’re black-ish. … Continue reading

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Why Social Media Consciousness is Okay The death of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18 year old of Ferguson, Missouri, shot by a cop under some questionable circumstances is but the most recent event that quickly gained national attention.  Brown’s death came only a day after cops in Beavercreek, Ohio outside of Dayton shot an unarmed … Continue reading

The Fallacy of Argumentum ad Feminarum Negrum: To the Black Woman
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The Fallacy of Argumentum ad Feminarum Negrum: To the Black Woman

I will admit that I am currently wrestling with how I personally feel about certain topics when it comes to gender discussions.  Not only is it a personal battle, but it’s one of academic and intellectual travail as well; just exactly where do I fit on the spectrum.  Within the last decade or so, between … Continue reading

Mandela and A Millennial Generation’s Connection to the Civil Rights Movement
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Mandela and A Millennial Generation’s Connection to the Civil Rights Movement

It was the summer of 1993, and the typical warmth of the midwest sun had found its way to Chicago.  About four blocks from my house, an easy walking distance was, and still is, the headquarters for Operation PUSH and Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition.  I remember my mother dragging me down to the … Continue reading

Obsessions with Blackness or Black-face?
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Obsessions with Blackness or Black-face?

Within the past ten years, as the prevalence of social media was ascending, it provided a unique opportunity for America to look into the secret closets of middle and upper class white American youth.  A small peak into the closets revealed skeletons of the worse regard: this demographic, often enrolled in top-tier colleges were dressing … Continue reading