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 […]Read more "Being True to Our Native Land: Why Thomas Chatterton Williams gets the race conversation wrong"
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 […]Read more "Nothing to Lose, A Reflection"
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 […]Read more "Dear White People: Simple Comedic Satire or Complex Real-Life Drama"
“To put it bluntly, the likes of Pharrell and Raven-Symoné can afford to declare their independence from blackness.” In April of this year, Pharrell Williams declared the “new Black” in an interview with Oprah Winfrey by saying: The “new black” doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “new black” dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; […]Read more "The Millennium Negro: The “New Black”"
A week later, ABC’s last week #1 comedy, “black-ish” dropped from that position, losing 24% of their audience from last week (however ABC is quick to point out that this is still the strongest showing of a show in the slot immediately following the Emmy Award winning “Modern Family”). Also, while dropping in the number of […]Read more "The Continuing Blackness of “Black-ish”"
“Black-ish picks up the conversation the Huxtables were having when the cameras weren’t on.” –myself, 9/24/2014 To round off ABC’s Wednesday night line-up with millennial sit-coms using the pre-year 2000 format of focusing on the American family, after three back-to-back shows focusing predominantly on Anglo-Saxon families, there is a black family. Well, I guess they’re black-ish. […]Read more "When Keeping It Real Goes Black-ish"
Why Social Media Consciousness is Okay The death of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18 year old of Ferguson, Missouri, shot by a cop under some questionable circumstances is but the most recent event that quickly gained national attention. Brown’s death came only a day after cops in Beavercreek, Ohio outside of Dayton shot an unarmed […]Read more "Untitled"
I will admit that I am currently wrestling with how I personally feel about certain topics when it comes to gender discussions. Not only is it a personal battle, but it’s one of academic and intellectual travail as well; just exactly where do I fit on the spectrum. Within the last decade or so, between […]Read more "The Fallacy of Argumentum ad Feminarum Negrum: To the Black Woman"
It was the summer of 1993, and the typical warmth of the midwest sun had found its way to Chicago. About four blocks from my house, an easy walking distance was, and still is, the headquarters for Operation PUSH and Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. I remember my mother dragging me down to the […]Read more "Mandela and A Millennial Generation’s Connection to the Civil Rights Movement"
Within the past ten years, as the prevalence of social media was ascending, it provided a unique opportunity for America to look into the secret closets of middle and upper class white American youth. A small peak into the closets revealed skeletons of the worse regard: this demographic, often enrolled in top-tier colleges were dressing […]Read more "Obsessions with Blackness or Black-face?"