I frequent the movies often enough so I had probably seen trailers for the Justin Timberlake movie “In Time” before most people and the concept that time itself was a commodity had certainly piqued my interest. It aroused my senses because being descendants of African slaves here in this country, time as we know it, is […]Read more "Hollywood Social Commentary is just ‘In Time’"
In March 2009, not even a full three months after President Barack Obama had been sworn into office, I wrote a blog entitled “Celebrating Obama as Head of Empire.” It flew under the radar for the most part except for my then small blogging audience that read and commented. It was a notion that I […]Read more "We Do Big Things: Celebrating Obama as Head of Empire, Redux"
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"
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"
My previous post about the media’s love affair with Chicago and it’s current violence and how it’s linked to current President Barack Obama led me on a journey down a dark corridor of my hometown’s history of violence just in my life time. I had intended to call the names of some of the young […]Read more "Goddamn America"
Editors note: This is probably going to be one of my longer posts, maybe not, depends on how quickly I work it out. But if I go over my standard 1,500 characters so be it. So go get get the tea, coffee or print this bad boy out because I’m here until it’s done. A […]Read more "Being Black and Dealing With Postcolonialism in a Postmodern World"
Last week as I drove back down south to ultimately return my rental car and spend my Memorial Day weekend with friends in Birmingham, Alabama, I said WTH let me listen to conservative radio since I was actually traveling during the day. So, I flipped through the stations trying to find the worst and vilest […]Read more "My Journey Into Conservative Radio"
Last week my friend asked me to lead the discussion for the “Next Gathering” a group of budding theologians who meet for a couple of hours once a month to discuss theology in a slightly more formal setting than just over hot wings and drinks. My colleague asked me to give the preacher’s response to […]Read more "The Preacher’s Response to the Haitian Earthquake; Pat Robertson’s comments"