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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

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Tell Them About the Dream

Editor’s Note:  Below is an excerpt from the sermon I preached this past Sunday, August 25, 2013 as the country celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  The scripture text was Acts 2:17 through 21 as follows: In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will … Continue reading

Black Power Is For Black Men, an Uppity Negro Editorial Response
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Black Power Is For Black Men, an Uppity Negro Editorial Response

There is no secret that I’m black, and that I am a man. Okay, now that my bias is revealed perhaps I can discuss some of the challenges I had with the nature of the hashtag on Twitter that erupted earlier this week. While I was participating in my weekly diet of ratchet television in … Continue reading

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Steve Perry’s Bait and Switch on the Black Community

Steve Perry tricked us. We all thought he was “one of us” to put the phrase colloquially.  But actually, after all is said and done, he’s not.  He’s one of “them.”  By one of “them” I’m referring to that “we are respectable Negroes” ilk that has been getting some traction lately in the press.  Seeing … Continue reading

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The New Jerusalem: A Chance of Redemption for Detroit

In short, the sh*t finally hit the fan in Detroit. It was just as bad as all of us had heard and feared. For the better part of the last ten years or so, Detroit made national news for all the wrong reasons and uncomfortably, the faces were always black.  Who can forget the antics … Continue reading

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An Original Uppity Negro: Rev. Vernon Johns

Taylor Branch lifted the Rev. Vernon Johns out of historical obscurity when he published his famous tome on the modern Civil Rights era Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 when he opened the book with the biography of him.  His major contribution to the Civil Rights movement as a whole was his pastorate … Continue reading

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My Challenge to Black Parents and the Continued Pornography of Violence

Over the past two days, two videos featuring black parents videotaping their forms of discipline have made their way onto my Facebook timeline.  Please watch both of them in their entirety, I have some challenges with what’s being displayed. First, I’d like to discuss the young ladies and their father beating them.  Yes, beating them. … Continue reading