Rekia Boyd and the Myth of Modern-Day Black Male Exceptionalism
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Rekia Boyd and the Myth of Modern-Day Black Male Exceptionalism

The burden of carrying about blackness in this country is one that seems to compound exponentially as times goes on if you let it.  The state of being “in a rage all the time” as James Baldwin said is something that comes with a tax; there is a price to pay.  Relationships suffer, isolation sets in. … Continue reading

If You’re Reading This It’s Not Too Late to Start Writing: Black Public Intellectuals in a Ghost West Era
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If You’re Reading This It’s Not Too Late to Start Writing: Black Public Intellectuals in a Ghost West Era

Below is an excerpt from the essay Michael Eric Dyson that was recently published entitled “The Ghost of Cornel West” in the magazine The New Republic: This is no biased preference for the written word over the spoken; I am far from a champion of a Eurocentric paradigm of literacy. This is about scholar versus … Continue reading

The ‘Common’ Problem in Misunderstanding Racism
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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
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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
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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