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...

Today is my son's 4th rotation around the sun! It's got me reflecting on the lessons I've been posting his last three years. I wanted to put them all in one place. I love him. 

-One-

Things Naseer Hanif Jaco Cartman taught me this year:

1. Everything is amazing.
2. I...

Some cringe at the term baby mama. It connotes a low class, almost shameful position in Black communities where family structure has transitioned over the past few decades. Black folk in this country have always had remixed configurations of extended family systems. Th...

Pres. Obama has kept his Black card by playing basketball, singing Al Green and choppin’ it up with Kendrick Lamar. I mean he’s really for real Black though. Esperanza Spaulding counts, the Trayvon Martin comparison counts, dapping up Kevin Durant, his swag walk. Above...

It's really quite simple. We'll never be free if we always give away our money. Sure, money isn't real, it's not worth the paper it's printed on, the stuff that really matters are the things we exchange it for, and we can grow food free from the ground when we decide t...

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