Models Monday: Beyond Hollywood

Models Monday: Beyond Hollywood

I used to watch Hollywood movies, but I rarely find them interesting anymore. Instead of giving two-hours+ of my time that I can’t get back, I’ve started taking in short-films. Typically, these films feature little-known actors, beautiful cinematography, and interesting plotlines. Short-films might be a good option for you if you’re over Hollywood. Less than three-minutes […]

Poorly Crafted Complexity

Poorly Crafted Complexity

The New York Times has once again provided us with an example of fallow civic discourse in the United States…

Racially Conscientious Parenting

Racially Conscientious Parenting

Founded in 1910, The Crisis magazine remains the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). With W.E.B. Du Bois as the founding editor, The Crisis offered a trenchant analysis of national and international politics, economics, and culture. While The Crisis mostly addressed a black adult audience, black children were […]

Maybe Lightening Did It…

Maybe Lightening Did It…

As authorities “investigate” whether lightning or hate accounts for the fire that destroyed Mount Zion A.M.E. early Wednesday in Greeley, South Carolina, I have my doubts about nature being the cause. This fire looks just like the other ones that consumed black churches in  honor of white supremacy. Hatred lacks imagination.

Models Monday: Look Closely…

…these people are EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Thank you, Bree Newsom and James Ian Tyson for exposing these faces of lethal ill-will.

Models Monday: The Confederate Flag’s Stark Simplicity

Models Monday: The Confederate Flag’s Stark Simplicity

No American can claim that the Confederate Flag testifies to their proud “Southern Heritage” and be committed to freedom, truth, justice, equality, and democracy. All Americans who make such a claim in support of this flag are dangerous people because they are irrational. These people have mistaken an advertisement concocted in New York as the […]

“Ballad of Birmingham”

“Ballad of Birmingham”

“Mother dear, may I go downtown instead of out to play,  and march the streets of Birmingham in a freedom march today?” “No, baby, no, you may not go, for the dogs are fierce and wild, and clubs and hoses, guns and jails ain’t good for a little child.” “But, mother, I won’t be alone. […]

Resonant

Resonant

Jon Stewart offers a resonant reading of U.S. history. Simply put, the massacre at Mother Emanuel constitutes racial terrorism. Denials issued across social media, through conservative news outlets and the cautious language of liberals concerning the potency of racism in the United States conveyed through Dylann Roof’s heinous act confirms Stewart’s pessimistic conclusion:

Charleston Church Shooting

Charleston Church Shooting

“My God! We aren’t even safe at church,” Anonymous black woman after the 16th Street Church Bombing; 1963-2015. The “clean-shaven white man about 21 years old who was wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and Timberland boots” who opened fire yesterday at Emanuel A.M.E. Church on June 17 marks a return to the past violence […]

Is There Mercy for Black Children in Schools

In viewing Jason Gilmore’s short film, I was particularly attuned to the bureaucratic, institutional language used to describe Xavier. These terms estranged him from the human compassion and concern that all children benefit from. My son is six-years-old. He’s smart. He’s black. He’s sweet. There have been times, in his few years in school, when […]

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