During one of the more memorable The Simpsons episodes, Bart Simpson is placed in a Special Ed class due to his continuous slacking on schoolwork. Being the bright yet defiant young man he was written to be, he sarcastically states, “So, I supposed to catch up to the rest of my class by going slower than them?” This paradox is the crux of the digital divide and the racial achievement gap. Continue reading
Recent racial injustices have given voice to a grossly underrepresented group. A cross sectional sub group of both the Black Community and the American Middle Class, the Pro-Black Middle Class might be the only hope for accountable leadership in the Black Community. Continue reading
This post isn’t about Trayvon Martin or the suffering his family must endure due to the lack of congruency between the law and common sense. This isn’t about harassing the dissenting opinions of simpletons on Twitter or Facebook. This isn’t even about thousands of people protesting a verdict. This is about fashionable outrage Continue reading
After thoroughly enjoying Django (twice), I started reading critic and movie-goer reviews. Some folks seemed to be “outraged” by the use of the N-word or so they said on twitter and in the comments of blogs. I immediately dismissed it as fashionable disapproval of a controversial topic, but began thinking about the films that actually had a negative impact on the ever-changing direction of African American Culture. Here’s my top ten list: Continue reading
The film begins asking passersby, “Name a positive stereotype about Black people?” Needless to say, they (including Howard University students) were stumped. The next question he asks sets the tone and reveals the premise for the documentary. Are there more Black men in college or in prison? Continue reading
Drake’s line in Rick Ross’s “Stay Schemin’” has sparked somewhat of a viral cultural phenomenon.
B!%@#, you wasn’t with me shootin’ in the gym.
For those of you who aren’t a fan of Drake or Ross, the line refers to Kobe Bryant losing $50 million in his divorce. But more importantly, the line alludes to those who envy but don’t understand or respect the process and sacrifice one makes to achieve greatness. Continue reading
Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with a friend from Detroit about the declining humanity of the American poor. Close living quarters, lack of resources, and an inability to maneuver the legal system disproportionately devastates low income communities. With murder, robberies and vicious assaults on the rise, it seems the respect for life has been replaced with the respect for status and material possessions.
My friend asked, “Why are so many young men so eager to throw their life and their neighbor’s life away? My answer: For some people, a thug’s life is the path of least resistance. Continue reading
This is me on my soapbox, screaming at the top of my lungs to the descendant of African slaves. WE ARE LOSING; WE ARE DYING; WE ARE DOING IT TO OURSELVES. We have become drunk with shortsightedness and willful ignorance. We have forgotten the sole point of religion, mythology, technology, history, economics, and life on this earth. TO SURVIVE AND THEN THRIVE.
Last weekend it hit me. I was driving home from my niece’s birthday party through a part of town that I haven’t been in since I moved away ten years ago. Since then, Indians (from India) slowly bought a town. This town was full of thriving small businesses like the America that our parents grew up in. While driving past miles of Indian laundromats, jewelers, accountant firms, grocery stores, electronic repair shops, clothing stores, etc… Continue reading
Since day 1 the of this new year 2011, the age old debate about “natural hair” has erupted onto Twitter and Facebook. Usually the debates end in personal attacks, as portrayed brilliantly in School Daze (Special Edition)Spike Lee’s ‘School Daze.’ Let’s touch on the deeper issue driving this conversation.
Is chemically altering ones hair just a fashionable choice or is it linked to generational self-loathing and identity hatred? Are the people who go “natural” the enlightened elite or are they rebels without causes who refuse to blend in with societal norms? Are those who choose to perm, straighten, wig and/or weave the new millennium “House Niggers” or is straightening your hair no more drastic than coloring it? Below are some quotes which illustrate actual attitudes towards “Natural Hair” Continue reading