December 11, 2015

I firmly believe that one day things will be better. Right now though, during crisis, we can’t afford the luxury of supporting so much frivolous art. Especially with the amount of influence corporations have over the soundtrack of our children’s worldview. I appreciate...

December 6, 2015

I thought I would hate the film. The trailer, interviews and soundtrack had me expecting the worst. The ‘self-inflicted genocide’ language was problematic at best. However, the film was careful enough not to excuse the systemic architects of violence, which allowed me...

October 28, 2015

       We be focusing on the wrong stuff sometimes. Sure, the terrorist should get fired for dragging that precious girl along the floor. He really should get more . If Zimmerman/Dante Servin/Darren Wilson/Daniel Pantaleo knew there was a possibility the...

October 22, 2015

      Our world is divided. The way our brains are set up, we categorize things to navigate the massive amount of information that bombards us. Add a pinch of greed, power and fear and voilá - hierarchal social systems based on those categories. White is over black. Ri...

October 1, 2015

“Trap Queen” is just one more rotation in a very old minstrel cycle. You might blame Willie Lynch or Willie Maxwell (Fetty Wap’s born name), but I blame you: his audience, the uncritical masses, free market capitalists, white kids with a black friend, black kids hoping...

September 3, 2015

It’s funny how “thugs” overlook the sensitivity it takes be to be pissed when somebody steps on your new shoes. Or when a so called gangsta gets angry enough to consider murder because a guy looks at his girl. But men aren’t emotional. As a psychologist it would be ver...

August 7, 2015

     Stick with me, this is going somewhere. I’m real real Black. Had 2 sets of locks, know all 3 verses of Lift Every Voice and Sing, got 2 African middle names, I play djembe, got shrines in my house for African gods, been celebrating Kwanzaa so long it feels cliché...

July 17, 2015

      Nina Simone is trending right now. That's a good thing.  The seduction of money and popularity does a strange thing to art. If you didn't know any better, if mainstream radio was your primary diet, you might consume the empty calories of today's pop music without...

July 17, 2015

For parents, mentors, coaches, barbers, ministers, and other caring adults:

      They say Black boys don’t read. I disagree. I say too few books are written with Black boys as the audience. I say too many families and schools aren’t cultivating the inherent genius of B...

July 10, 2015

          This ain’t personal. I don’t know Mr. Lamar.  Certainly not anything about his actual relationships with the women in his life.  I trust that he loves and values his mother, girlfriend, nieces if he got them. My concern is about some of his masterful art. A t...

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