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December 11, 2018

I know I'm Black, but I've never been Black enough for Black people. Tell me, how different can you be before you cross that line? Growing up I couldn’t afford the right clothes, I couldn't always keep my hairline in order, I wasn't interested in sports or rap music, the line was in there somewhere. They laughed at me, they bullied me. I was an outcast in my own community, so, my friends weren’t Black. We had no labels. Yes, I...

November 5, 2018

Listen, I get it, working within a system that wasn't built for people of color is and always has been difficult, but to what alternative? Not voting? The revolution? Let me be absolutely clear - if we're going to stay in this country, the ONLY way to change the system is to vote people into office who will change it. Outside of that you got 2 more options; 1. go to war or 2. leave and build a new society. Revolution is war. P...

October 26, 2018

"I say f*ck the police, that's how I treat 'em. We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom".

The College Dropout was the first album I ever listened to all the way through. It was more than my formal introduction to hip-hop, I couldn’t fully explain it then but Kanye was also my introduction to social justice well before I even understood what it was. His words resonated with me on a spiritual level - speaking to a Bl...

April 10, 2018

Have you ever heard the phrase "mileage on a hoe"? 

In his most recent and apparently last Netflix comedy special, Dave Chappelle used it with a corresponding story to indirectly explain why he left show business for over a decade. Coined by pimps way back in the day, it’s the amount of stress you can put someone through before they reach their breaking point. Eyeballing it is a skill with real benefits; if you know a pers...

April 10, 2018

I think the answer to this question is where the distinction between an empathy toward and understanding of the issues, what I consider wokeness, and working to combat the issues, what I consider activism, is perhaps most important.

With wokeness alone there aren't any obligations. The quality of one's person really doesn't matter because it's ultimately unrelated to an individual understanding of the issues. But as soon as you...

March 14, 2018

In the aftermath of tragedy we often look to the international community’s efforts on gun control, as though they have the answers. From banning the sale of certain modifications and weapon types to more extensive background checks including histories of domestic violence, not to mention waiting periods, thorough mental health checks, exams, and interviews at multiple levels; the numbers show success. In Europe, Japan, and els...

February 20, 2018

First of all if you haven't seen it yet, go see Black Panther. If you've seen it already, go see it again. This is a deeply thoughtful and lovingly crafted film that's meaningful for Marvel, black communities, and society as a whole. It's an all around strong movie that satisfied both the black man and comic book fan in me. My expectations were high and I say with confidence that they were exceeded. 

Secondly, SPOILER ALERT. If...

January 16, 2018

Conservatives or people who just don’t know better are doing this strawman argument thing they’re so good at with this whole shithole countries scenario so let’s set the record straight. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” is really just “why are we having all these Haitians and Africans come here?”, as if a country's condition is indicative of the worth of its people. To suggest this in the...

January 8, 2018

In one of his latest Twitter rants Don bragged about winning the presidency on his first try, going a step further to suggest that this serves as some evidence of his genius, But he sought the nomination of the Reform Party, a Conservative third party founded by Ross Perot in the 90s, for the 2000 Presidential Election and withdrew once he realized he couldn't win. We're talking numerous TV appearances as a candidate, policy p...

December 28, 2017

Every once in awhile my female friends will tell me about guys who they thought were just friends, only to find out the entire time they’d been waiting and plotting to make a move at the right moment. But of course there's no “right moment” because they were considered friends, not potential romantic interests. Once faced with rejection one of two things seems to happen. 1. the guy drops out of their lives completely or 2. the...

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