Michael Eric Dyson penned an essay paying homage to the black digital intelligentsia in 2015 that paid homage to names that had some level of household recognition amongst black folks as well as some non-black circles naming people such as Ta-Nehesi Coates, Jelani Cobb, Melissa Harris Perry, Marc Lamont Hill, Jamilah Lemieux and Salamisha Temet. […]Read more "A Requiem for Black Intellectualism"
“I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party.” These words formally ended the broad based political revolution that Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, had campaigned for so viciously. Just like that. In fact, Sanders’ political revolution ended the moment he failed to secure enough delegates. His words as […]Read more "Bernie Sanders, a Post Mortem"
Hopefully I can keep this short, but I want to offer this as a reflection piece as I read a Facebook post that said: The spirit of the prophet Nat Turner has descended upon Dallas. We must pray for all. King said that “riots are the language of the unheard”! But when riots are unheard […]Read more "The Modern American Slave Insurrection, c. 2016"
The dawn of Wednesday, July 6, 2016 brought about a renewed wave of anxiety in the country as yet another black man was killed by the police under questionable circumstances. In conditions strikingly similar to that of Eric Garner, who was murdered by the Staten Island cops in 2014, the deceased, Alton Sterling, was a resident […]Read more "Murdered By No One"
I caved some time last year and signed up for a music subscription service and figured that since I was paying for a service it would be worth changing my music listening habits. Part of that resulted in my rediscovery of old classics that the music service thought I would like. For example, I […]Read more "Hip Hop’s Soundtrack for the Spiritual but Not Religious"
Ever since Destiny’s Child disbanded and Beyoncé Knowles, the lead singer for the group made a go for it as a solo artist, she’s had hit after hit after hit. We all looked up one day, and she had somehow become this artistic juggernaut who couldn’t seem to fail. She was the epitome of what […]Read more "Made in Our Own Image: The Gospel According to Beyoncé"
“My concern is the arrival of new ground that replaces…specific places as primary signifiers of identity.” –Willie Jennings from The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race I’m not even sure if the phrase “the black blogosphere” is appropriate anymore to denote that which is the conglomerate of black social media commentary, Black Twitter, news […]Read more "Beyonce, Kendrick and Me"