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 [...]

The Essence of Black on Black Crime: A Black Female Perspective on “The Truth About Essence”

The Essence of Black on Black Crime: A Black Female Perspective on “The Truth About Essence”

In the final days of June, a post entitled “The Truth About Essence,” witten by multiple authors under the title #blackfemaleanonymous appeared on medium.com. The authors remain nameless, though they identify, behind a virtual veil, as black women. The post delineates Essence magazine as a hyper-site for negativity under former Shea Moisture founder and CEO Richelieu [...]

Breonna Taylor, A Black Female Perspective

Breonna Taylor, A Black Female Perspective

We have made a greater sacrifice than anybody who's standing up in America today. We have made a greater contribution and have collected lessMalcolm X Just after midnight on March 13th, the police, armed with a “no-knock” warrant, forced their way into Breonna Taylor’s apartment. Her boyfriend, who believed that Taylor’s apartment was being invaded, [...]

On Juneteenth 2020

On Juneteenth 2020

One of the most pertinent distinctions that the African descended must make is the distinction between “enslaved” and “slave.” Enslaved speaks to a systemic position, and slavery references a mind weighed down by cognitive chains. Juneteenth as a commercialized holiday delineates that this distinction remains more prevalent than ever. As Dr. Carr reminded us on [...]

Why The Real Can’t Keep a Black a Woman

Why The Real Can’t Keep a Black a Woman

This week, amidst global unrest, The Real Co-host Amanda Seales announced her departure from the daytime show. The announcement comes six months after Seales' addition to the table and five years after Tamar Braxton’s ejection from the talk show series.  Seales and Braxton brought vastly different components to the table, but both are outspoken Black [...]