Book Review of “Democracy in Black” by Eddie Glaude, Jr.
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Book Review of “Democracy in Black” by Eddie Glaude, Jr.

One of the better things that has happened to me in the last year or so is that I have been more intentional about carving out time to cultivate my independent reading habit.  Sure, everyone says they read but we all know there’s only really two types of readers: those that buy the books and … Continue reading

The Day the Black Church Circus Came to Town
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The Day the Black Church Circus Came to Town

  Earlier this fall, there was an infamous photo of some well-known prominent (TV) pastors that were seen praying with (or for) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.  It was one of those moments that made the rounds of a short-lived news cycle on September 29 of this year.  Pastors Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, David Jeremiah … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Yusaf Mack
Cultural Critique / Pop Culture / Random Thoughts from an Uppity Negro / The Color Line

An Open Letter to Yusaf Mack

Dear Yusaf, I don’t know you.  We’ve never met.  I’m not sure just how much we have in common.  The only thing I biographically know about you is that you’re from Philadelphia, you’re 35 with ten kids, and you did a porn movie with other men.  And from one black man to another, I just … Continue reading

Conversating, When Conversation Goes Wrong: VH1, Hip Hop and Jamal Bryant
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Conversating, When Conversation Goes Wrong: VH1, Hip Hop and Jamal Bryant

By all accounts, new ground was broken last night when it came to the public discourse of the intersection of the hip hop community and that of the LBGTQ community.  More specifically, the black LGBTQ community.  Following the season four premier of Love and Hip Hop on Viacom owned station VH1, an hour-long round-table discussion called … Continue reading

If Ta-Nehesi Coates and Kendrick Lamar Had a Conversation…
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If Ta-Nehesi Coates and Kendrick Lamar Had a Conversation…

  This has been an interesting moment in time for blackness.  The imperfect harmony of the nightmare that police brutality against black bodies along with the exoneration of whiteness and the beauty of black pride and some semblance of existential unity hearkening to years past.  Two hallmarks of this time period have been both Kendrick Lamar … Continue reading