[originally published in the June 2019 issue of the South Shore Current Magazine]

You ever watch a toddler drop a piece of cereal from his cup, lean over to grab it and another slips onto the ground? Poor thing don’t even realize. When he leans over again to pick up the...

December 20, 2018

My advisory council told me to stop sharing so much. My transparency gives people permission to speak about me with false confidence. I try to oblige, continue to work quietly, hope more men step up and say what’s necessary. But the boys are still suffering, silently,...

June 14, 2018

I make no presumptions about the sincerity of apologies crafted by the public relations teams of high profile men. They always include something about intent. We didn’t know, meant no harm, sorry she experienced it in that way. I like to think it’s mostly true, that it...

January 16, 2018

One of my favorite parts of Black people is some will react to the title like ‘duh’ and others like ‘no way’. Both vehement and both with a genuine love for Black people. I decided early in my pursuit of a PhD in psychology that I didn’t want to go the academic tenure...

January 15, 2018

This is an important moment no doubt. The most popular Black action figure of my youth was John Henry. The image of a tall strong bald brownskinned Black man with hammer stays with me. Not until well into my adulthood did I realized there wasn't much to aspire to in th...

December 8, 2017

    They winning right now. Even though it’s only been for a relatively short period of time. There are few places in the world you can go without feeling the impact of their power. You gotta go to the past, imaginary future, or fiction to avoid it.  This ain’t se...

November 3, 2017

I was moved by the visual image of Tyrese crying about his daughter. There is certainly more to the story, Black folk be needing all the details before we decide someone deserved compassion. But without trying to judge or diagnose him I wondered why I was moved by Tyre...

September 25, 2017

Mine is a struggle beard. Black and coiled like DNA strands. Rough around the edges. My beard isn’t pretty, no manicure, still healing. The cuts leave bumps. My beard is growing, often can’t tell until someone else notices. I love my beard, the way it feels in my hands...

What does effeminization of the Black man even mean? It can’t just be about dress and mannerisms. We have so many other problems, being that upset about style seems like misplaced aggression, so it must be something deeper. The notion that the worst thing a man can be...

October 20, 2016

Julia Martin. The headlines say another victim of intimate partner violence, a Black woman in Chicago killed because she returned her engagement ring. The onus is on her. Actually, Julia was killed because of the guy who stabbed her. The onus is on him. Because he was...

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