A Sunday morning Facebook post asked “Is Black Lives Matter still a thing?” and I immediately did an eye-roll. The technical answer is in the affirmative. They still are a thing. I still get emails from them. I also know that in many activist circles that Black Lives Matters functions as a real, almost tangible entity. […]Read more "Lessons I Learned from #BlackLivesMatters"
Editor’s note: I wrote this a little over a week ago on August 12, and thought not to post it for a myriad of reasons. Hearing news that Cornel West has chosen to endorse Bernie Sanders seems to be reason enough to post this. –JLL This has not been a great year publicly for Cornel […]Read more "Have We Reached a Post-Cornel West Era?"
This has been an interesting moment in time for blackness. The imperfect harmony of the nightmare that police brutality against black bodies along with the exoneration of whiteness and the beauty of black pride and some semblance of existential unity hearkening to years past. Two hallmarks of this time period have been both Kendrick Lamar […]Read more "If Ta-Nehesi Coates and Kendrick Lamar Had a Conversation…"
Below is an excerpt from the essay Michael Eric Dyson that was recently published entitled “The Ghost of Cornel West” in the magazine The New Republic: This is no biased preference for the written word over the spoken; I am far from a champion of a Eurocentric paradigm of literacy. This is about scholar versus […]Read more "If You’re Reading This It’s Not Too Late to Start Writing: Black Public Intellectuals in a Ghost West Era"
Every once in a while, the news cycle of the life and times of the goings-on of America produces a completely blog worthy week–and usually that’s the week or so I didn’t blog. For long, long time readers, you all know that last week was a wonderful week to be a blogger. From Roland Martin getting […]Read more "Uppity Updates: Week of February 5, 2012"
The less and less I’ve found myself blogging over the past couple of months, when I do I try and add something new to the conversation. Something new doesn’t necessarily mean adding something contrary or opposing to what’s already been said, but often times it is and sometimes it’s just taken that way. But this […]Read more "A Final Word on President Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus"
It would have been nice if Dr. Cornel West never made the personal comments on Obama, but it was an interview by Chris Hedges of Truthdig.com entitled “The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic” and questions were asked to which West answered. It does seem petty on West’s part, but honestly, we all have an outsiders view […]Read more "The Rage of Black Academia: Melissa Harris-Perry and Cornel West, A Collegiate Conundrum"
Mourners file into New Mount St. Nevermind Missionary Baptist Church to funeralize Black Intelligentsia. The public had endured a long painful and debilitating disease close to twenty years. Maybe more. The mourners pack into the church on a hot, sultry day and even with the air conditioning on full blast, it does nothing for the […]Read more "A Requiem for Black Intelligentsia"
As a rule here at the Uppity Negro Network, I generally stick to the tried and true topics of controversy: race, religion and politics. Those are always sure to bring in readers and are good topics to try and parse for the sake of bettering humanity. But, as has been the case over the years, […]Read more "Off The Beaten Path: Men’s Fashion"