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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
Cultural Critique / Pop Culture / The Color Line

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

When “Precious Lord” Doesn’t Lead Home
Church and Society / Cultural Critique / Pop Culture / The Color Line

When “Precious Lord” Doesn’t Lead Home

Beyonce’s rendition of “Precious Lord” fell rather flat at the 2015 Grammys. That’s a commentary that didn’t make it into many news stories the day after.  Most stories used descriptors as “resplendent” and “emotional” to detail what the artist did in her rendering of the classic gospel piece.  Social media, particularly the eponymous Black Twitter, … Continue reading

D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah” Shows us Resurrection is Possible
Music

D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah” Shows us Resurrection is Possible

On a Monday morning, at 12 midnight, R&B crooner D’Angelo dropped the album Black Messiah with the Vanguards.  It wasn’t quite the shock that Beyoncé’s surprise album a year ago produced namely because D’Angelo has been working on an album for quite some time–and that time has finally ended, and ended with an album to show … Continue reading