Black Heat and A White Girl Summer

Black Heat and A White Girl Summer

Almost four years ago, white models in Marc Jacob's Fashion show donned dreadlocks. One of my former students employed this example as part of a presentation asserting that the Jacobs show performed an appreciation for black culture. On the performance component, my student and I could not agree more. I think back to this moment [...]

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 [...]

So We’re At Our Tipping Point, But…What About Tawana Brawley? #saytheirnametoo

So We’re At Our Tipping Point, But…What About Tawana Brawley? #saytheirnametoo

I wish it were true; that the waves of white supremacy came crashing down in the weeks before summer 2020. But I know that the coming weeks, months, and years to come will reference this moment to counter pro-black and “separatist” agendas that seek to actualize the change so many pursue hollowly. In the contemporary [...]

Protest Participation and Black Power

Protest Participation and Black Power

We met on the hilltop. The chants occurred sporadically, ascending when passing those translating our footsteps to footage on their phones. The African adjacent came with signs more often than the African descended. The crowd knelt with raised fists twice, a gesture synonymous with closing one’s eyes to pray. In studying the ancestral plight to [...]

The Fault in Contemporary Leadership: On Umar Johnson and others

The Fault in Contemporary Leadership: On Umar Johnson and others

Visibility remains a consistent problem in the western world. For some, to obtain visibility is not only to be seen, but to obtain value. The correspondence between value and visibility is perhaps best illustrated in the contemporary world where access to a computer grants you a stage and “likes” seemingly imply a range of positive [...]

No Justice No Peace: Asserting A Black Perspective of Contemporary White America

No Justice No Peace: Asserting A Black Perspective of Contemporary White America

This week in America has shocked some, scared most, angered others and left many with a series of inquiries. The murders of Alton Sterling, and Phillando Castile echo previous racial injustice seen in slain black bodies such as Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner , Freddie Gray and Mike Brown. However, this week’s tragedies occurring [...]