The Aftertaste of Anti-black Assassination

The Aftertaste of Anti-black Assassination

It’s hard to put my feelings into words. To describe how it feels to live in a world where a wall receives more justice than a black woman who took what would become her last breaths in what the DA refuses to acknowledge as a murder. The grief is a heavy load that weighs down [...]

Black Families Matter: #keepfamiliestogether, A Violent and Forgetful Initiative

Black Families Matter:  #keepfamiliestogether, A Violent and Forgetful Initiative

Context: Allow me to Set the Scene.  I imagine they left hours before sunset, seeking to be on a linear path by the time sun retired to its hiding place. There is a deafening silence, aside from the occasional moan and groan. The scent of bodies and bodily functions overwhelm the space. One on top [...]

Decoding Deception Mastery

Decoding Deception Mastery

Gary Owens, Master Deceiver Comedian Gary Owens recently made headlines for using his black wife to call another black man the n-word in a battle I admit I had no idea was taking place before this act of debauchery made its way onto my twitter timeline. I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of [...]

Rethinking the Black Hero, and Black “His” tory Month

Rethinking the Black Hero, and Black “His” tory Month

One recurring phrase that dominates much of the discussion surrounding the recently released Black Panther film, is it’s function to grant black children an opportunity to “see themselves as super heroes.” This assertion is cringeworthy, in part because the movie is birthed from the mind of a racist, and in the overlooked reality that the [...]

Black Panther, A Review

Black Panther, A Review

Telling It Like It is Lets start off with facts. Black Panther was a comic created by Stan Lee, a white man. So the moments where the film felt utterly stereotypical is not accidental, and perhaps most evident when W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) rides on a rhinosorous during battle—depicting the continent as imagined in the minds [...]

Beheading Ms. Badu: The Vulture Article and Undeserved Backlash

Beheading Ms. Badu: The Vulture Article and Undeserved Backlash

Revered Neo-soul singer Erykah Badu made headlines on the fourth Wednesday in 2018 for comments made during an interview with a white Jewish interviewer for Vulture magazine. As per usual, her remarks were taken out of context, Badu placed on a scaffold and be-headed in a social media paradigm that seeks to cast blacks as [...]

What Happened When I “Came for” Cardi B.: The Cardi B. Conscious ClapBack

What Happened When I “Came for” Cardi B.: The Cardi B. Conscious ClapBack

I’ll be honest with you, I never intended to author a post on Cardi B. The post reflects an aspiring writing seizing an opportunity to practice the skill to which she has dedicated my life. Before I continue, I want to state that I do not regret anything that I posted. I do however regret [...]

How Whites and Non-Blacks Talk About Race 

How Whites and Non-Blacks Talk About Race 

This post will implement the unisex name "Leslie" to avoid overuse, and the subtle passive-aggressive tone of the  pronoun "they."  Leslie, will symbolically represent white and non-black collectives respectively. Author's Note: Leslie also encompasses the ideology of melanated individuals who are only black on the outside. Because these individuals, while dangerous, do not enjoy the [...]

Detroit: A Systemized Suffocation of the Black Narrative

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 [...]