What to say to a dying man or woman: Weighing Life, Loss, and Love

Much thought has been placed onto the black bodies that populate death row, who proceed each day knowing when they will die. These so called criminals are thought to bear the ultimate punishment for grisly crimes, despite being the victims of the greatest crime to affect civilization–racism. I have thought extensively about what to say…

Remembering the Late and Great Dick Gregory

It is just over twenty-four hours after Mr. Dick Gregory’s family released a public statement informing the world of his passing. Just twenty-four hours, and Gregory has already faded into the background of a culture who pretended to mourn Gregory until a more prevalent white issue arose. In life, Gregory would have predicted this abjection…

From “Reclaiming our Time” to Reclaiming our Crimes

California Senator Maxine Waters made waves a few weeks ago with the phrase “reclaiming my time.” Waters had the floor at a House Financial Services Committee Hearing—a privilege Waters was unwilling to relinquish. Waters used her time to inquire why Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin failed to respond to her letter— a query he eschewed with…

The Plight for Pro-Blackness in an Anti-Black World Part I

I recently read an article regarding the most recent example of white terrorism cast onto black bodies– the vicious car-ramming in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before beginning my analysis, I want to take a moment and grieve any member of the black collective, or anyone standing for a black cause, who was injured by the calculated efforts…

A People Divided: The Diasporic Dissonance of the Dark Race

A Recurring Query   “Catherine Saunders”   stated my soon-to-be seventeen-year-old student in a desperate attempting to portray a conspicuously scripted conversation as natural. I felt a familiar feeling that foreshadowed where this conversation would go. So, I silently exhaled and tried to relax my muscles from an anticipated tension. “Are you mixed with Indian…

Detroit: A Systemized Suffocation of the Black Narrative

In recent months, I have written extensively about Dr. Christina Sharpe and the wake work initiative ignited by her book In the Wake: Blackness and Being. The book epitomizes Afro-demia, where blackness is placed in the forefront of formal discourse. Although difficult to point to a single moment in the text as more significant than…

The Whines of Whitewomaning: An Encore to Black Art

The Root writer Michael Harriet wrote an article yesterday that provided extensive context on the term whitewomaning. The article defined the term as follows: Whitewomaning: a term used when a woman of Caucasian descent complains after learning her white privelege key does not open every lock in the universe. The article implements the term “whitewomaning”…

Cultural Appropriation 101: White Men and The Man Weave

While female weaves have been popular for nearly a decade, the man weave is a fairly new phenomena. The assemblage of this fairly new hair option is nothing short of amazing. In the process—a false hairline is drawn and weave is glued (or sewn in some instances) to the scalp then shaved and styled accordingly. This…