What Does it Mean to Be Suspicious?

Just today, my co-blogger fivefifths wrote eloquently about the nature of suspicion of Black men in the United States. What was most poignant about that post was that it raised many salient points about just what arouses suspicion of Black men in the minds of so many in this country. What about us is so … Continue reading

Judge not . . .

As a law student here in the District of Columbia, I am acutely aware of just how important the Justice System is to proper governance. We all expect that should we ever be haled into court, we will get a fair and impartial man or woman who will assess the case based on the relevant … Continue reading

Black Excellence: Mammy

I’ll be honest, when I got to work this morning I had no idea that it was the last day of Black History Month.  It wasn’t until my coworker came up to my desk at 5 o’ clock and said, “Happy Leap Day!” that I realized that it was the last day of the longest … Continue reading

Black Women: Heavier and Happier?

I’d like to begin by saying that the creation of this article is in no way meant to express my personal opinion on my ideal woman. That discussion is best left off the blog. This post is merely in response to the recently-published Washington Post article that coveys the results of a survey focused on … Continue reading

Excellence Unveiled

The United States is one of the most diverse countries in the world. If you walk into a random stranger on the street, they’re likely to have religious, political, and social beliefs that are different from yours. It’s the norm here in America, but there are many places in which perspectives get pretty homogeneous.  But even with the … Continue reading

Half a Mile From Heaven

Today’s #BlackExcellenceMonth post will be a special one. Since I know  everyone is all worked up over Valentine’s Day (Michelle O hasn’t yet responded to my request for her to be my Valentine that I put in in ’09 but it’s just a matter of time), I wanted to give you guys something special. One … Continue reading

Jesse Owens: Marvelous Colored American

Black Excellence is everywhere around us folks. It exists today, and it has existed in the past. Far too often, we forget just how tough it was for our Excellence to shine through in days-gone-by. For every star athlete you see swagging today, in reality TV and on ESPN, there were so many more that … Continue reading

There’s a First Time for Everything

It’s taken me a while to throw my hat in the ring for this year’s Black Excellence Month series. At first I was trying to make a post out of whole cloth. I was wracking my brain on things to highlight about Black folk that wouldn’t be redundant and would pique you folks’ interest. Needless … Continue reading

The Freedmen’s Epistles

In today’s #BlackExcellenceMonth post, I bring something both old and new that’s pretty exciting to me. Letters from a former slave, Jourdon Anderson, to his master have been circulating around the internets for a few days and they struck me as pretty amazing. If you haven’t seen it, I hate taking up so much text … Continue reading

A Disdain for Black History Month?

I was talking to my mother on the phone yesterday.  She lives in New England and she was recalling all of the times that she’s had to shovel her way out of the house to get to work this year.  While I listened, I made sure not to gloat over the fact that it has … Continue reading