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What We Can Learn from Stephen A. Smith

This post comes to us via a generous contribution from @SeeSenyour, a good friend of mine and a knowledgeable voice about basketball and sports commentary.   On July 25th 2014, ESPN Anchor Stephen A. Smith went on national television and said this about domestic violence: “We know they’re wrong. We know they’re criminal. We know they … Continue reading

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#IAmJada

This post comes to us via a generous contribution from Nina Gloster (@boninaapplebaum on Twitter), a friend of 40 Acres who is a filmmaker, a graduate of Spelman College and a phenomenal advocate for women, especially women of color.  A few weeks ago, news hit social media about a rape that gained public attention and caused … Continue reading

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The Last Black Man

Summer blockbuster season has become a time to witness  The End. Ends of cities, ends of civilizations, ends of worlds (and the rare ends of universes). This year’s summer box office has had and will have no shortage of apocalypses, with a long list of films featuring the ends of worlds and exciting new replacements … Continue reading

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It’s Dark and Earth is Hot

Yes, this is a post on Climate Change, known less euphemistically as “Global Warming.” In case you’re wondering at this juncture why a post on climate change would show up within this blog’s (loose) nebula of topics, don’t worry: the hook is coming. But first I need to clear the air about the issue at … Continue reading

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The Time Machine: Life as an Afrofuturist

“To be a Black activist is to be a futurist.” I wrote these words while penning a failed essay for a science fiction digest. I was trying to find a way to relate my personal love for science fiction and my Blackness. The essay was meant to be a literary gumbo of references to my … Continue reading

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The Breakthrough

It finally happened. Eighty-five years after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began recognizing leaders in the still-developing field of film, it finally happened. An honest, painful, but ultimately cathartic film about slavery with a Black director and Black lead actors won Hollywood’s highest award, the first time a “Black” movie did so. … Continue reading

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Speak Not In Mournful Numbers

It’s Black history month. You know what that means: elementary classrooms all across this nation of ours will be inculcating in the impressionable youth names like Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Park, Marcus Garvey, and Thurgood Marshall. A diverse group of talented individuals that make up approximately 13% of the country will be reduced to … Continue reading

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Music’s Biggest Night?

Music’s biggest night isn’t always its best. That’s the conclusion that I had already come to by the time last night that it became clear that we were watching an extended eulogy of sorts to the art form that the Golden Gramophone was originally built on: Rock n’ Roll. With Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney … Continue reading

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Exegeezus: In Defense of “Yeezus”

Every visionary is, by definition, part prophet. “Everybody feel a way about K, but at least they feel something,” was Kanye’s Delphic moment, a quotation that accurately assessed a mercurial career arc that at the time was still in its infancy. The particular quotation in question was found on “Bring Me Down,” a relatively low-key … Continue reading

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40 Acres and a Cubicle

Writing is kind of like fishing in the middle of an ocean. When the fish are there, things go along, well…swimmingly. When the fish aren’t there, things quickly go to hell. You can go around and look for the fish, and certainly find some. But eventually the vastness of the ocean of your potential becomes … Continue reading

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