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?
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
For over four hundred years, African people in North America have been subjected to many different forms of enslavement, oppression, and exploitation. The injustices practiced in this country date back to the beginning of the African Diaspora, being mistreated on “slave ships” and in the colonies. But despite the horrid circumstances through which African people … More Running, Revolting, Resisting: A Look into the Resistance of enslaved Africans during Enslavement
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 Making people laugh is an eloquent art-form that dates back centuries to many possible origins. Many movies and comedians attempt and fail to provide comedic relief in their entertainment strategies and fall from grace. Others are successful in this attempt and flourish because they know how to connect to what people want to hear. … More The Comedic Express: Comedy and Ebonics, A Love and Hate Relationship
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