You know there are BARELY any blackademics in the academy and even less public intellectuals so I am not here for Dr. Dyson’s piece in a magazine that has had a problematic history with black people. I hate that I have to use a mild form of respectability politics but these “intellectual” differences should not […]Read more "When Blackademics Get Distracted"
So I am currently reading a lot of historical works that discuss the emergence of the banana industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when it occurred to me that the humble banana is an example of cultural appropriation. Yesterday April 16th, young actress Amandla Stenberg, the girl who played Rue in the […]Read more "The Banana: An Example of Cultural Appropriation"
When gentrification comes knocking at your community/city’s door, it doesn’t barge in like the police during a drug raid. It starts with a soft knock that only a few people can hear. These people tend to be eager city officials and planners looking for a way to bring in new faces and revenue into a […]Read more "But Do I REALLY Need a Starbucks in My Community?"
To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian. — Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 31, 2015 So I was planning on waking up Tuesday morning and congratulating my man Trevor Noah in a post for securing the job […]Read more "What Happens When a Black/Brown Face Takes a White Place"
I loooove Being Mary Jane! Mara Brock Akil is known for her shows Girlfriends and The Game but Being Mary Jane is her first attempt at an hour long drama. When the movie came out in 2013, I was so excited for the following TV show which stars the lovely Gabrielle Union as the title character Mary Jane Paul […]Read more "Being Mary Jane and the Nuances of Blackness"
I said it yesterday that I would probably have to respond to some foolishness and like clockwork I was not disappointed. So last week Univision TV host Rodner Figueroa said that Michelle Obama looked like someone from the Planet of the Apes. Thankfully he was fired with a swiftness. I’m not even going to respond to his […]Read more "When “New Blacks” Show Their Behind"
So I just read a report by the Washington Post that essential questions the entire Black Lives Matter Movement based on the DOJ report that investigated if Officer Wilson violated Mike Brown’s civil rights. Now the report did not charge Wilson and some people are so happy at this fact saying that protestors were “idiots […]Read more "Mike Brown’s Life STILL Matters"