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

Brothas in Space

In case you missed it, NASA landed a mobile laboratory the size of a Mini Cooper on the surface of Mars  on Sunday.  According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Curiosity rover will be “searching for past or present life, studying the Martian climate, studying Martian geology, and collecting data for a future manned mission … Continue reading

Social Night Injustices

Here comes another well-deserved weekend. A time when the majority of us can find rest and relaxation in our lives. It may also be a time to go in, rage, go ham, turn up etc. This is when people of all races take to the streets in search of inebriation and cathartic music,  though social … Continue reading

Dark Raving Mad

Being a Black man in America has always been scary.  The United States has used us as slaves and turned a blind eye to or advocated us being publicly slaughtered. The Federal Bureau  of Investigations has executed plots against our communities that sought to destroy our leaders and suppress rebellion. Law enforcement agencies have sicked dogs on us, disproportionately accosted us, used excessively violent force … Continue reading

Cold World

In celebration of Black Excellence Month, some of my crew and I went on a snowboarding trip to the location of a U.S. Civil War Union victory.  Of course it wasn’t advertised as such, the pamphlet just said The Smokey Mountains.   I was extremely excited to shred some fresh powder with my people, destroying stereotypes … Continue reading

Witch Hunt for the Welfare Queen

During his presidency, Ronald Reagan often used the term “Welfare Queen” to dramatize the misallocation and abuse of government funds by the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.  The “Welfare Queen” stemmed from an expose that reported a woman in the south side of Chicago who conned social programs out of $8,00 by using 2 identities.  By the time Reagan … Continue reading

No Love From The Club

I went out with some friends last weekend.  We went to a club called Hole In The Wall, a cool spot with cheap drinks, beer pong, billiards and a dance floor.  The crowd is usually diverse, and it was New Year’s weekend, so the night was bound to be popping.  We used to go to … Continue reading

Pumpkin Aversion

Thanksgiving is a few days away, and your office, department, lab or whatever may be hosting a Thanksgiving lunch of some sort.  Undoubtedly, there will be a sweetened, orange substance offered to you at this lunch.  Depending on your upbringing, cultural affiliations and the activity level of your melanocytes, you may decline said orange substance with varying … Continue reading

Occupied!: I Was Lost

Occupy Wall Street.  I wake up in the morning and hear about it on NPR on my way to work.  Then I see it on the news on the train to work.  I walk in the building and HLN gives me the latest update on the next occupied city while I wait in the elevator … Continue reading

Jessica

I’ve been doing field observations in different cities for the last month or so.  I used to be excited to go on business trips, now I actually fantasize about being at my desk at the office when I’m driving a rental car at 5 o’clock in the morning in the middle of nowhere.  Plus these … Continue reading