Shared Culture, Shared Pain?

I’m not sure if the tumultuous and volatile nature of our development as a species is hitting a critical mass, but it seems as if the new media age has made certain events impossible to ignore. Since we have access to insane amounts of information instantly, we hold each other to increasingly high expectations when … Continue reading

Everything Has Changed & Nothing Has Changed

“When it comes to the economy, when it comes to inequality, when it comes to wealth, when it comes to the challenges that inner cities experience, [Martin Luther King, Jr.] would say that we have not made as much progress as the civil and social progress that we’ve made, and that it’s not enough just … Continue reading

A Sad Night in America

Normally I would begin one of these posts with what motivates me to write it. There is no need. The trial of George Zimmer for killing Trayvon Martin has pervaded the  media for  weeks. We watched as the State presented witness after witness. We heard the Zimmerman interview with Sean Hannity. Many, like myself, stood … Continue reading

Waiting for Fisher . . . again.

The wait for the biggest case involving Affirmative Action in recent years is now over. Sort of. The case for which most people have been watching the United States Supreme Court, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, got a decision today. But it is not the decision most were expecting. It did not decide … Continue reading

Keeping Track

There are so many issues that reach the national consciousness that it’s hard to keep up with them some times. This is especially true when it comes to court cases and incidents involving African Americans. There is the initial furor over alleged acts of violence or racism. Minorities decry these situations and demand justice. But … Continue reading

Today in Racism: Paula Deen

I had been meaning to begin an ongoing series on the blog titled “Today in Racism.” I know that the core of our blog really was highlighting the subtle and not-so-subtle brands of racism that many of us minorities experience everyday. But the thought occurred to me to branch out beyond us blog-writer’s personal experiences … Continue reading

A Lynching In Central Park

Last night I watched a compelling documentary about 5 Black teens falsely accused, arrested, and convicted of a brutal assault and rape of a jogger in Central Park in the Spring of 1989. This documentary, entitled ‘The Central Park 5″ chronicles the unfortunate story of how these teens were arrested, prosecuted, and railroaded every step … Continue reading

Optimized Duality

I’m a grown ass man. I’ve been saying that since I was eighteen years old but being grown is relative. I’m sure when I’m fifty, I’ll look back and say, “You ain’t know shit boy”. Until then, I’d like to think of myself as pleasantly seasoned at the comfy quarter-century mark. Seen a lot of life with … Continue reading

Borrowed Culture

There is a phenomenon that is sweeping the Interweb. It is seemingly inexplicable. No one knows why it becomes pervasive so quickly. But the evidence is right there for everyone to see. White people borrowing Black Culture. There is a level of coolness that comes from being that one White dude who can hit the … Continue reading

The Ratchet Knows No Color

  In a time when any star can stay relevant by displaying their shamefully foolish lifestyle to the public, the Oxygen network plans on airing a new series called All My Babies’ Mamas, with Shawty Lo. To remind you, Shawty Lo is the drug dealer/rapper from Bankhead, Atlanta who released such hits as “Dey Know” … Continue reading