In case it ever gets lost in the frothing and bubbling confusion of our 24-hour news media’s raving: Colin Kaepernick’s personal act of protest was about, specifically, the seemingly unaddressed killings of unarmed blacks at the hands of police. Continue reading The NFL Tried to Co-opt Kaepernick’s Protest and Only Incited War
Last night’s B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards carried a strong theme of unity and protest throughout. Nowhere was this theme more emotional than when Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. performed his spoken word piece that has since made the rounds on the Internet this morning. Continue reading Watch Big K.R.I.T.’s Stirring BET Hip Hop Awards Performance!
With everything going on in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana, there are a lot of questions about race relations in America. Possibly the most important question being: What can I do about it?
For white people, simply asking this question can be complicated. Continue reading How White People Can Help — The1Janitor
Although the Super Bowl is over, this doesn’t, and shouldn’t, end discussions about racial bias in our sports or greater culture. Continue reading ‘Dab on Em Cam’ — Fear of a Black Dance Machine
Just in case people forgot that Nick actually has bars, he decided to step in and close the book on the Oscar issues.
Now, by “close the book” I don’t mean that we shouldn’t talk about the issues anymore.
But this is about how the black community should move forward. Continue reading #DontBeDistracted — Nick Cannon closes door on Oscar controversy
The November issue of Urbanite Baltimore ran a gripping piece on the life and death of Freddie Gray, looking into who he was…and why he ran. Continue reading The Running Man — Freddie Gray’s harried life was too typical of young black men in Baltimore.
The always provocative graffiti artist Banksy unveiled his latest work scrawled across the walls of Calais, France, in the refugee camp sometimes called, “The Jungle.” The subject matter: The Syrian refugee debate.
Continue reading ‘Steve Jobs was the Son of a Syrian Migrant’: Banksy Tackles Refugee Debate
Two things: First, everyone needs to calm down; this means progressive and liberal activist groups ready to skin any an … Continue reading A Quick Word About the KKK Hacking Controversy
For certain individuals, it is easier to believe that urban blight is black folks’ responsibility to fix and black folks alone. These people do not believe that systemic racism is a thing. So they create something called “black-on-black” crime as an easy out, to basically say: Black people are inherently violent and evil, they need to fix that about themselves and stop bothering us. Continue reading Black Lives Matter is About Police Misconduct; ‘Black-on-Black’ Crime is a Myth
Nothing about this case, or the subsequent reaction, makes sense. Insanity billows from either side of whichever argument there is. Many protesting the injustice sound like blood-lusting maniacs, while those making counterarguments sound like unempathetic bigots. Few people, if any, sound remotely sensible. Continue reading Notes From a Country Tearing Itself Apart: The Trayvon Martin Tipping Point