To Move a Mountain: A Reflection

To Move a Mountain: A Reflection

Something irksome about the contemporary moment-be it the protests or the Nick Cannon scenario and how it continues to unfold, is a false alignment with unity and change. What I mean here is that the present moment casts those who make strides toward change as attaining company in quantity. A large component of pursuing true [...]

Black Mental Health as Popular Culture: A Black Female Perspective

Black Mental Health as Popular Culture: A Black Female Perspective

The present fixation on black mental health appears to seize an obscure communal issue from hallway whispers to center stage. While black doctors like Dr. Bobby Wright, Dr. Francis Cress Wesling, and Dr. Amos Wilson engender this transition with their discourse, this is not what we see in the anti-black media. It is particularly, problematic [...]

Fatal Friendship

Fatal Friendship

"A man who tosses worms into the river isn't necessarily a friend of the fish. All the fish who take him for a friend…usually end up in the frying pan.” -Malcolm X During a time where white allyship remains a constant source of contention, it is imperative to discuss the platonic dynamic as symptomatic of [...]

Somebody Blew Up America, AGAIN: Why an Anti-black World Painted Nick Cannon as a Nazi

Somebody Blew Up America, AGAIN: Why an Anti-black World Painted Nick Cannon as a Nazi

Almost twenty years ago, the late black arts poet and playwright Amiri Baraka wrote his now-infamous poem “Somebody Blew Up America.” The poem arrived on the heels of the 2001 terrorist attack that shook a seemingly unshakeable nation. Baraka’s rhetoric shook a fragile ideology, his words spoke the truth and unearthed accountability in a time [...]

Killing Kanye West

Killing Kanye West

It is more than tempting to observe Kanye West’s behavior and dismiss him as a man disturbed, he who is “off his meds,” or occupying Jordan Peele’s “The Sunken Place.” To this, I would strongly advise those of African descent to eschew the common route, for it’ll lead you straight to the gallows. As a [...]

On Power

On Power

The consistent proclamation of powerlessness amidst George Floyd’s murder and the resulting protests provides cause for concern. These feelings illuminate that many remain divorced from what power really is. The media, in mangling the truth for an anti-black cause, depicts what Dr. Amos Wilson in Blueprint for Black Power calls the “power over,” or praxis [...]

The Real, Amanda Seales, and Centralizing White Comfort

The Real, Amanda Seales, and Centralizing White Comfort

After years of not watching, to viewing clips of recently hired co-host Amanda Seales’ in her new role, I stmbled across what is truly bothersome about The Real. It does not take long to realize that the discussions, though seemingly anchored in the non-white experience, is hardly about the non-black woman in America. Rather, The [...]

Public Punishment and Hegemonic Pride

Public Punishment and Hegemonic Pride

Another day another overtly racist viral video. On Saturday, two Georgia teens were reportedly expelled for an overtly racist video posted onto Tik Tok. An essential component to this performative punishment is that it does not exist because of an American belief that racism is wrong. Rather, this punishment exists because of hegemonic pride.  This [...]

The Lies of Leadership and Moving Beyond “Basic” Blackness and The “Average” African American

The Lies of Leadership and Moving Beyond “Basic” Blackness and  The “Average” African American

I have been contemplating what it means to be average for quite some time. Specifically, what does it mean to be an average "African American" or basic black person in America? This query is perhaps most easily contemplated alongside discussions of politics or the pending election. A common perspective illuminated by the black voices that [...]