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White Pussy Always Trumps Black Lives

White Pussy Always Trumps Black Lives

“On Friday, speaking right here on ‘First Take’ on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career.” Two years ago, that sentence began the ingratiating apology of ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith for comments he made during a discussion of domestic violence in the […]

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Have A Seat: You’re Not Woke Because You Support “Birth Of A Nation.”

Have A Seat: You’re Not Woke Because You Support “Birth Of A Nation.”

I wrote a piece on my internal conflict about seeing Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation back in August. I decided that despite his acquittal on rape charges, I would not support his movie. After reading a transcript of a call between him and the victim, his own words convinced me that he had in fact committed rape. […]

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Will Haiti Ever Recover from White Supremacy?

Will Haiti Ever Recover from White Supremacy?

Nearly seven years ago after an unprecedented earthquake devastated Haiti, famed evangelical Christian Pat Robertson believed it was God’s retribution. Referring to the Haitian Revolution, a 13-year-long war in which Haitians successfully fought the French for their independence, Robison declared the Haitians “got together and swore a pact to the devil,” promising to serve Satan if he would […]

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Black Lives Matter, So Let’s Talk About Mental Illness in Our Community

Black Lives Matter, So Let’s Talk About Mental Illness in Our Community

When I was 15, my great aunt gave me a job working in her restaurant for the summer. Her older sister, Aunt Tina, helped out a couple days a week too. Aunt Tina was not technically related to me and I didn’t know her very well before we started working together. I had only met […]

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Key & Peele’s Jordan Peele Made a Horror Film About Race and I’m Speechless

Key & Peele’s Jordan Peele Made a Horror Film About Race and I’m Speechless

OK, maybe I’m not speechless,  but I’m definitely extremely uncomfortable. And nearly speechless. I tried for ten minutes to write some coherent intro to this trailer, but couldn’t. Check it out and let me know what you think.     So, this definitely horrified me, and not because of all the ghosts and supernatural shit. […]

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Kim K Was Robbed in Paris, But Black Girls Get Shot Everyday, B!

Kim K Was Robbed in Paris, But Black Girls Get Shot Everyday, B!

I woke up this morning to Kim Kardashian trending. That’s nothing unusual. After all, she is the wife of one of the most controversial public figures of our time and an oft crowned “fashion icon” (insert Black girl side-eye) who is infamous for her ample plastic parts and  famous for her glo up from peddling a tape […]

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Tim Burton and the Peculiar Limits of the White Racist Imagination

Tim Burton and the Peculiar Limits of the White Racist Imagination

My son and I love going to the movies. Rarely a weekend passes when we aren’t cuddled up in the back row munching popcorn. A few months ago while on one of regular movie dates, I first saw the trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Before seeing the trailer, I had never heard of […]

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Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monet Prove #BlackGirlMagic Is Nothing New

Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monet Prove #BlackGirlMagic Is Nothing New

Well, I know where I’ll be on January 13 of next year: watching a few of my favorite Black women pay homage to the Black brilliance. Last night the trailer for Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monet (*waving* Heeeyyyyy, ladies!), premiered. Hidden Figures tells the story of three Black women […]

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Michelle Obama, Melania Trump and Protecting White Women At All Costs

Michelle Obama, Melania Trump and Protecting White Women At All Costs

When I first heard about First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and subsequent efforts to push for healthier school lunches, I was certain that these were bipartisan concerns. Encouraging children to be more active and providing them balanced nutrition couldn’t possibly be a source of controversy. Well, my grandmother always said, “People will make a liar out […]

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Heard It All Before: On Jesse Williams and Biracial Privilege

Heard It All Before: On Jesse Williams and Biracial Privilege

Sunday night actor and activist Jesse Williams was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award at BET’s 16th annual awards show. In a speech that left the internet buzzing, Williams simultaneously uplifting the oft and maliciously neglected demographic of Black women, demanded white people do the work of dismantling the system of oppression designed and maintained for their exclusive […]

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I Can’t Afford to Forgive Hillary

I Can’t Afford to Forgive Hillary

 Last summer I enrolled my son in robotics camp. Though we live in an almost exclusively black neighborhood in a city with a predominately black population, he was one of only two black children at the camp, a fact that made me apprehensive to say the least. When I went to pick him up on […]

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Mayor Tweets Calling Black People Racial Slur

Mayor Tweets Calling Black People Racial Slur

Michael Ihle, the 29-year-old mayor of Ravenswood, West Virginia and a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, tweeted a quote attributed to Lyndon Johnson referring to Black people as “niggers.” I'll settle for their plan being what LBJ said: "I'll have these niggers voting Democrat the next hundred years" https://t.co/URPqs79ncL — Michael Ihle […]

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From Spices to Dancing to Racist Jokes, I’m Completely Over Hillary Clinton’s Brand of Blackface

From Spices to Dancing to Racist Jokes, I’m Completely Over Hillary Clinton’s Brand of Blackface

I’ve tried so many times to nail down a succinct definition of blackness. My efforts have never produced any worthy results, though. But even if I can’t define it, I know it when I see it. I can’t articulate all the experiences, traditions and culture that comprise blackness and my indulgence in it. Blackness is […]

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9 Questions a Black Woman Has for the Black People Who Have 27 Questions for Black People

9 Questions a Black Woman Has for the Black People Who Have 27 Questions for Black People

Kinfolk, I thought we were family. Y’all ain’t really my people though, ’cause not one of y’all warned me of the unadulterated Sambocity that is the BuzzFeed video “27 Questions Black People Have for Black People.” I saw the video all up and down my timeline, but I was at work, so I said, “Not […]

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On Chicago, Hillary can sit the fuck down

On Chicago, Hillary can sit the fuck down

“The divisive rhetoric we are seeing should be of grave concern to us all,” Clinton said in a statement. “All of us, no matter what party we belong to or what views we hold, should not only say loudly and clearly that violence has no place in our politics, we should use our words and […]

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You Gon’ Learn Today: On the Revocation of White Privilege in North Korea

You Gon’ Learn Today: On the Revocation of White Privilege in North Korea

“That’s what the hell he gets. Good for him!” My mother had uttered those words in her typical matter-of-fact tone one morning as she watched the news. “He” was Michael Fay, an 18-year-old from Ohio who had confessed to vandalizing cars in Singapore, and was subsequently sentence to six lashes from a rattan cane. I was in sixth […]

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