President Barack Obama gave a historic commencement speech at Morehouse College today. If you know anything about anything, you’d know that Obama is America’s first black president; and, that Morehouse College is an all-male, historic black college founded just two years after the American Civil War. As an institute of higher learning that caters to [...]
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Dear Mr. President, First of all, let me congratulate you on your massive re election win back in November. I voted for you and am proud to have done so. However, I am troubled by the recent act by your administration of placing Assata Shakur, the former Joanne Chesimard, on the most wanted domestic terrorist [...]
My man W. Kamau Bell is back on FX for a second season of his show “Totally Biased.” I really dig this cat and the work he puts in as a board member of Applied Research Center — they’re responsible for bringing us the site colorlines.com. Anyway, this week on his show he took to [...]
Last week, the #BlackPrivilege hash-tag gained momentum on Twitter, reportedly created as a response to the discovery of a (neglected?) tumblr blog and, perhaps, just being plain tired of having to ward off cries of “reverse-racism” whenever black people speak out loud about the lived experiences and daily microaggressions many of us have to navigate .
Speaking of mass incarceration: Wisconsin leads the U.S. in incarceration of black men. There is no debate about the disproportional amount of black (and brown) men in prison across the United States. Whether this is a direct result of the genetic predisposition to crime — which is bullshit — the fact remains that the United [...]
Anyone who has read this site for any time might tell you, I’ve been on a mission to fully embrace this Obama age of post-racial bliss. Occasionally, since January 2009 I’ve brought you many stories to reinforce said new trend of racial harmony. Why? Because quite naturally I want to do my part; I’d like [...]
Last Friday saw the NOPD cleared of killing a suicidal Black man laying in bed. Brian Harris was shot and killed by a member of the NOPD (New Orleans Police Department) on April 10th, 2010. His family filed a wrongful death suit, and lost. Why was Harris shot and killed? The determination — in this [...]
President Obama made history again with his re-election. But his second term has been scrutinized by the left and the right. In his second term, his first round of nominees for his cabinet was white males. This caused some to question his loyalty to the millions of minorities, women, and members of the GLBTs who elected him.
Some time ago I joked about me not being able to wait for Django Unchained winning the Best Picture category at this year’s Oscar Awards, to finally be able to celebrate our post-racialness. Well, at last night’s Oscar ceremony, that didn’t happen. Ironically, the film did in fact win two awards. However, as the Hollywood’s [...]
We’ve seen this before, right? Okay, so it hasn’t happened more than once in American history; but, the novelty of having an African-American president hasn’t worn off. And why should it? Barack Obama’s most significant political success to date, came as a consequence of successful branding. Yes, it took more than a few eloquent speeches [...]