It was a good day in Los Angeles. Actually, it had been a great day. I woke up early, got a 2-hour gym session in, and then headed to Silver Lake for a noontime brunch with my girlfriend and a group of friends. Celebrating a friend’s birthday, we toasted mimosas, ate good food, and had deep … More How I Got Pulled Over Last Night… And Why I Cried.
The Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal in the United States and effectively ends the ban that was still in effect in 14 states. We wake up this morning with a feeling of accomplishment in recognition of a progressive step toward true civil rights for all Americans. But sadly, within the midst … More When Black Bodies Matter Less to Black Pastors than Gay Marriage: Where is the Fight For Our Entire Community?
But then, as the test time continued, police sirens wailed as a ghetto bird (helicopter) began circling above the area. And it hit me. Not that I did not know, but it was a reminder. The constant stress and trauma these students deal with, this girl included, makes it hard to come to school, and even harder to focus when they decide to show up. And sadly, the students have become numb; they didn’t even look up with curiosity about the noises they were hearing. Like the usual sounds of a small dog barking in the suburbs of our nation’s cities, there was no strangeness in the sounds they heard. No alarm to the situation. Just another every day sound in their everyday lives. … More Recognizing the Resilience in My Students: Understanding the Social Context of Urban Schools
2 cops were shot and killed, execution-style, in New York today. The loss of life saddens me and I hope that NO ONE ELSE has to die. But I have to be honest, my initial and lingering feeling was more so, “What did you think was going to happen?” Let me explain… August 11, 2014: Unarmed Ezell … More 2 Cops Killed: “What did you think was going to happen?”
As a young Black man in America with a Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies, I have experienced, researched, and studied certain topics of racial disparities in our country. It is without question (for most) that inequalities certainly exist in this country between races, socially, economically, politically, and in the education and prison systems. The reasons … More “F*CK ALL WHITE PEOPLE!”: The Misunderstood Words of a Color-Conscious Mind When Excluding White people from Conversations about Race
Black women in music have had a progression through time. In the early 20th century, Black women created a name for themselves with a brand new genre of black music. The Blues, headed by forerunner Ma Rainey, paved a road for Black women to express themselves on a national level. As time progressed and Jazz … More A Black Woman’s Plight: Our Women’s Struggle In the Music Industry
Introduction The exploitation of Black men has been a reality in America since the first slave ship docked from Africa. Since then, black men have been used, not only for the economic gain of their oppressor, but as a cruel and degrading form of entertainment. The lynching of Black people, the burning of Black bodies, … More More Than Just a Game: Examining the Exploitation of the Black Male Athlete
Introduction In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King used an evocative rhetoric and extensive vocabulary to exclaim a message of equality and freedom. Quoting the declaration of Independence, he spoke of his hope that America would develop into a nation, working on grounds that “all men are created equal”. … More Black Boys in Peril: A Literary Review of Authors Analyzing Issues For Young Black Males in K-8 Education
To the little Black girl who goes to Google Images and types in the word “beauty”, only to see 95% of the picture results not resembling her… I apologize. I love you. You are beautiful. To the little Black girl who turns on the television to see how she should live her life, only to … More From US, to her: Words for the Little Black Girl