While I was re-watching the Wire for the third time, a particular line struck me. “It’s not difficult to kill people who are already in the business of killing themselves.” I know… It’s a little dramatic. Even though the line refers to the murderous cycle of drug using and dealing, it is relevant to our seemingly mundane lives. Like the addict who pours poison in his lungs and veins to temporary escape his own realities, we have become addicted to the fast paced American lifestyle of greed, materialism and the quick win. 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
Every morning I spend an hour or two watching local news and looking through my rss feeds for international news on certain topics. For the past few months, my rss feed for “African American” has delivered a myriad of distressing news. Every day the national headlines regarding African Americans reflect poor health, ethics, education, and finances. Please take a moment to navigate away from this page and Google: African American
Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors, but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery. I know it’s making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better. … I am a huge basketball fan, and when I watch the games on TNT, I see these two ads for these two shows (Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne”), and I am scratching my head. We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”
I know you’ve heard, “She’s pretty for a dark-skinned girl.” In America it is no secret nor surprise that some African Americans have a color complex. It’s a subject matter that has been well documented and made for good books and movies i.e. Black Girl. Why do blonde-skinned people seem to have more fun? Continue reading
Everyone loves a “rags to riches” story; combine that with our love of violence and rebellion and then sprinkle in a charismatic main character and you have the typical gangster movie. Are these fictional yet realistic stories viewed as an instructional guide on how to go for rags to riches? Is Hollywood directly or indirectly responsible the people living out this glorified fantasy world?