I am taking a small hiatus on the analyses of the characters from the movie “Django Unchained” for the sake of continuing to discuss some other topics I feel are worthy of me delving into for the sake of discussion. I will return to finish those analyses because I do think they are helpful for […]Read more "The “Harlem Shake” and the Continuous Co-Opting of Black Culture"
Corporal punishment in schools has been an issue of debate for a couple of centuries in Western society in the modern era. To fast forward to just the last century or so there had been cases of corporal punishment that wasn’t just extended toward children, but also toward women as well. It wasn’t until the […]Read more "Corporal Punishment and the Pornography of Violence: An Armchair Case Study of St. Augustine Catholic School"
[Editor’s note: The gross generalizations when using the blanket terms of “black women” or “black men” are not to be understood as engaging the stereotype of “all” and lumping everyone into broad categories. But for the sake of easy communication in an already lengthy blog post, please adjust your comprehension accordingly. That is to say, […]Read more "For Black Male Intellectuals Who Have Considered Suicide When Black Women Were Too Much"
I know that’s a long title and certainly hyperbolic, but I think it addresses the gutted and eviscerated feeling that I experienced watching CNN’s Soledad O’Brien “Almighty Debt” a Black In America special. Granted I went into this third installment of the Black In America series with some serious preconceived notions. Rightly so I believe. […]Read more "For Colored Persons Who Have Considered Suicide When Being “Black In America” Is Enough: An Uppity Negro Response to CNN’s Black In America III"
It’s hard being in the minority. It’s hard being the only black person in a classroom or the workplace. It’s hard being the only woman on a board of directors or sitting on a pulpit rostrum. This is because our societal psychology dictates that we fall back on stereotypical extrapolation to understand people: the only […]Read more "Tolerance and Acceptance Goes Both Ways: A Response to “The Mean Girls of Morehouse College”"
We’ve all had that moment when we realize that a conversation somehow strayed down a rabbit-hole and turned into a debate, and that debate got intense and turned into an argument. Somewhere deep down inside you were maintaining your cool when all of a sudden the other Negro made it personal and said something about […]Read more "“Don’t Talk About My Mama!” and Other Problems With Black Intellectual Rhetoric"
Like many black folks around this country, our hearts sank, yet again when we discovered that the shooter at the Manchester, Connecticut Budweiser Hartford Distribution plant was black. I, like others I’m sure, immediately said “Black folks don’t do those things” or something similar when we first heard about the news. You know, black folks […]Read more "Lies My Community Told Me: “Black Folk Don’t Do Those Things!”"
I remember as a kid, interested in music, gospel music at that, that it was normal that I would turn on the radio on Sunday and listen to the music. I actually went so far as to record some songs on cassette tapes even before the idea of a CD-ROM being recordable had entered our […]Read more "“Help! I’m Hearing Voices!”: The Schizophrenia of The Church"
Earlier this week, my friend sent me a text and said “I found my new favorite writer. His name is Thomas Chatterton Williams. His book is so well written I want to throw it.” So immediately, upon such a wonderful review, I googled this brother’s name while on my phone driving (yes, I know what […]Read more "Book Review of “Losing My Cool: How A Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip Hop Culture” by Thomas Chatterton Williams"
Okay, that’s a loaded title, I’ll admit that upfront. So if you’re inclined to take the following article with a grain of salt, I’m not going to be mad at you. That being said, I think it’s time to admit that as a black culture we can no longer afford to blindly act as though […]Read more "The (Anti-)Intelligence of The Hip Hop Culture"