Why mass media’s fixation on respectability is killing Black and Brown people

Jordan Edwards, 15, was killed on Saturday night while riding in a car with friends. The teenager was unarmed and was not suspected of any crime. Yet, police authorities in Balch Springs, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, fired into the vehicle anyway. They struck Edwards in the head, killing him.

It is no question that Edwards’s death is a tragedy. That much can be deduced without any additional information about his life or the conditions of his death. Continue reading “Why mass media’s fixation on respectability is killing Black and Brown people”

As An Overweight Queer Black Woman, I Need More From ‘This Is Us’

Let me start by saying this: I am neither trying to be contrarian nor attempting to get clicks. I actually really truthfully don’t understand the mass appeal of NBC’s new hit show This is Us. In fact, I find much of the show alienating and undermining of what it means to be Black and/or woman and/or overweight and/or queer in the United States today. Continue reading “As An Overweight Queer Black Woman, I Need More From ‘This Is Us’”

Trump and Our Limited Imagination Of The Depths Of Ain’t-Sh*ttedness

Donald Trump ain’t sh*t. He ain’t never been sh*t. And he never will be sh*t.

Most of us already knew that so his recent leaked video (where explains that “when you’re a star [women] let you do anything” including “grabbing them by the pussy“) wasn’t a total shocker.

Not only that, his ominous stalker behavior at the second presidential debate, his frequent interjections of the moderators, and even him calling Hillary Clinton the “devil” weren’t new. In fact, it was lowkey expected that he would rely on bombastic behavior, intimidation, and child-like disruptions to establish his hyper-masculinity and overbearing presence on such a grand stage. Continue reading “Trump and Our Limited Imagination Of The Depths Of Ain’t-Sh*ttedness”

Ben & Jerry’s Supports Black Lives Matter Whether It’s Popular Or Not

Anyone who reads my writing knows that I am pretty stringently anti-corporatist. For moral, ethical, and philosophical reasons, I do my best to avoid companies who have known human rights disputes, public failures to take responsibility for the ways they contribute to the exploitation of marginalized people, and ongoing issues with honesty, fairness, and justice for their lower level employees. Ben & Jerry’s isn’t one of the corporations. Continue reading “Ben & Jerry’s Supports Black Lives Matter Whether It’s Popular Or Not”

Nate Parker is the Unrepentant Abuser We Know Too Well

As the Friday debut of his Nat Turner inspired film Birth of a Nation approaches, filmmaker and actor Nate Parker continues to field questions about his 1999 rape trial involving his co-writer Jean Celestin and a young woman who died by suicide in 2012. Sadly, his most recent interviews suggest that he still sees his abuse as secondary to his film-making. Once again, an abuser has centered himself in the trauma of someone he has traumatized. Continue reading “Nate Parker is the Unrepentant Abuser We Know Too Well”

The Trouble With the Commodification of Athletes’ Labor

Protesting is hard. It is also isolating. But, it gets even more complicated when money is involved.

At several points in my life, I have found myself unsupported by others who had previously indicated that they were fed up with the unjust treatment they were facing. When I took a risk by speaking up about those conditions, they clammed up, lied, and completely abandoned me out on the limb I had climbed for them. That usually resulted in the whole protest becoming my cross to bear when those who shared in my concerns couldn’t speak on it for fear of repercussions. This is precisely the conundrum facing 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his peers, and his protest of the national anthem, just on a much grander scale. Continue reading “The Trouble With the Commodification of Athletes’ Labor”

I Might Be ‘With Her’ For Now…

I am reluctantly writing this piece. Both because I am still unsure about my exact sentiments on Hillary Clinton as the preponderant answer to our nation’s lingering political issues and simultaneously dissatisfied with the notion that her candidacy has been reduced to what lies “between Donald Trump and the presidency.” But, I think its time to move beyond that. Continue reading “I Might Be ‘With Her’ For Now…”