The Time Machine: Life as an Afrofuturist

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“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

From a Black Person to Niggas: Why the Food-Service Industry Hates you.

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Before I begin this letter, allow to me to first properly classify who and what niggas are for the purposes of this letter, and for those who may not be aware of their status or have failed to recognize how their behavior affiliates them with this flag.  Nigga(s): N, Adj: person (s) that are rude, … Continue reading

Blackness on Trial

George Zimmerman Trial Begins In Florida

I have tried to keep myself as detached as possible  from the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case during the media circus of the trial. It affects me deeply, and it’s been tough to synthesize the basic facts of the case on an emotional level in order to really accept the legal proceedings. The basic facts … Continue reading

God Made a (Black) Farmer

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  One of the most well-executed and highly-discussed commercials of Super Bowl Sunday was another turn in nostalgia-as-promotion as Dodge used a haunting speech by Paul Harvey over a series of moving images of farmers to advertise their Ram trucks. I thought it was pretty cool stuff, and coming from a family and part of … Continue reading

Mo Cowan, Mo Problems

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  The round, bespectacled face above is the face of history, although you might not know it. That’s the face of Mo Cowan, who is making history today after being appointed by another notable Black Politician, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to hold John Kerry’s vacant Senate spot. That makes him the second Black Senator in … Continue reading

(Guest Post) The Console Color Barrier

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**Our Guest Blog today comes from Charles Moody, a good friend of mine and the author/creator of The Grey Backpack, a very dope gaming and entertainment blog. Check it out and read his post on Black lead characters in video games. Enjoy** If I were to ask you how many video games feature a black character … Continue reading

Life and Times: On Jay-Z

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Birthdays aside, I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while. It first occurred to me that I wanted to write something about Jay-Z when I was watching the very last campaign event for Obama the day before the election in Ohio. Jay-Z opened for the POTUS in one of the coolest things I’ve … Continue reading

What’s Wrong with Voting for Obama Because He’s Black?

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A popular refrain in politics today is that most Black people (who vote) will vote for Barack Obama because he’s Black. It’s been talked about with condescension from the right, with people like Allen West and Herman Cain claiming that Blacks are “slaves” to the Democratic Party and to voting in blocs for Black candidates, … Continue reading

The Paradigm Shift: The Origins of the Post-Racial Fantasy

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It’s part of the (sarcastic) tagline of our site. The concept of “post-racial America” is something that raged about and discussed ad nauseum in the blogosphere, especially here. If you’re new to things here, then I think the term, and the implication that we are somehow past the racial and cultural issues that plagued and … Continue reading

Gabby Douglas: Golden Girl

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Let the coronation of the 2012 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastic Team begin. After an absolutely dominant showing in the team gymnastics events, yesterday the American women soared to nab team gold, the first for our country since the Magnificent Seven in 1996. All that separates us from fielding perhaps one of the greatest women’s gymnastics … Continue reading