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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

Nothing to Lose, A Reflection
Cultural Critique / Politics / Random Thoughts from an Uppity Negro

Nothing to Lose, A Reflection

In lieu of flashpoint moments that have directly affected black Americans in the recent months, particularly the rape allegations of Bill Cosby, the tragic saga of Andrew “I am Delivert” Caldwell and the Church of God in Christ, and the prolonged moment of Ferguson that has has managed to arch over a few months, I … Continue reading

Telling the Tragic Truth of the Church of God in Christ, A Post-Mortem
Church and Society / Cultural Critique / Politics / Pop Culture / Religion / The Color Line

Telling the Tragic Truth of the Church of God in Christ, A Post-Mortem

In the weeks leading up to the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ, I wrote an open letter to Bishop Charles E. Blake and to the General Board imploring them to make a visible and vocal statement concerning the situation demanding justice for Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri–only 12 miles from … Continue reading

Dear White People: Simple Comedic Satire or Complex Real-Life Drama
Cultural Critique / Movie Reviews / Pop Culture / Random Thoughts from an Uppity Negro / The Color Line

Dear White People: Simple Comedic Satire or Complex Real-Life Drama

If you’re black and want to go to an HBCU, go watch “School Daze,” if you want to go to a PWI, go see “Dear White People.”  If you’re white and have no idea what I’m talking about, go watch both movies. Justin Simien’s directoral debut “Dear White People” was and is a refreshing look … Continue reading