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"
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"
That is a quote, almost a direct quote rather, from my Ethics and Society professor here at the ITC, while in the midst of a jeremiad against the black church, young black professionals and the well-to-do members of the hip-hop generation. This is not uncommon for him to refer to black people as “colored” or […]Read more "“Stop buying shoes for the little grasshopper Negroes.”"
I was raised in two parent household in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago—that alone qualifies me as solidly middle-class. And along with that upbringing, I’ve never once in my life heard either one of my parents use the word “nigga” or any derivation of it; it was always referred to as the “N-word.” I […]Read more "What Do I Really Mean By “Uppity Negro?”"