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"
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"
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"
I began to pen this less than one hour after the press conference occurred. Apparently the president of the United States, Barack Obama appeared at a regular press briefing held by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, and fielded one question surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin and the verdict in the George Zimmerman case […]Read more "Restoring Blackness: Obama’s Commentary on Trayvon Martin"
One month later… There’s not a whole that has changed monumentally surrounding the start of the Obama’s second term living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For what it’s worth, everything, from my point of view has continued on as normal. The Republican party seems to still be the party of No, tempting the fate of this […]Read more "One Month Later"
Anyone who reads this blog with any level of consistency knows where I stand on the hot-button topics of race, religion, politics and anything else that can be devoured in the context of cultural criticism. Most people know, I self-identify as a Democratic socialist at the heart of my political being–meaning I support the idea […]Read more "The Bias of Mainstream Media"
Let me put a clear disclaimer before I launch into the deep with this blog post: The institutional Black Church as we know it, something that is a proper noun, has entered it’s final stages of life. The metonymical phrase “the Black Church” is rather black churches that have a different socio-economic and political outlook […]Read more "It’s a Democracy, Not a Theocracy: How The Black Church Gets it Wrong"