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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To the Deelishises…

To the Deelishises, Boots, and Buckys (Flavor of Love); The Omorosas (The Apprentice), Corals(The Real World), and Taneishas (Bad Girl’s Club);The Atlanta “housewives” (Bravo), Basketball “Wives (VH1), and girlfriends, jump-offs, baby mommas or whatever other term given to these loosely delineated relationships of VH1’s Love and Hip hop Atlanta: There is no doubt your affiliation … Continue reading