Fathers, Fairy Tales, and Lies: Why We Can & Should Hold Black Male Celebrities Accountable for Their Crimes

I wrote this back in May of last year, but all the Bishop Eddie Long apologists I'm reading on Facebook brought it back to my mind and renewed its relevancy, at least to my thinking. I will say the same thing here that I said on Facebook about some people's refusal to be silent about … Continue reading Fathers, Fairy Tales, and Lies: Why We Can & Should Hold Black Male Celebrities Accountable for Their Crimes

America 101: The Cabinet

All the big-name news sources are talking back-and-forth this week about Trump's cabinet picks as he prepares to take office in a little more than ten days. In what has become typical Trump fashion, he has done completely away with the customary practices of all his Presidential predecessors and waited until the absolute last minute … Continue reading America 101: The Cabinet

Daily Prompt: Cling

via Daily Prompt: Cling So my favorite Internet provocateur, Jill Is Black, has this really smart video about "the revolution" in which she skewers those black people that imagine themselves in be in the cultural vanguard for using respectability politics--which are really just a set of behavioral expectations black people have compiled based on how … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Cling

Give Some $$Green Energy$$ to The Bluest i–Notes on My Kickstarter Campaign to Expand the Blog in 2017

I have some big plans for this blog in 2017. I have some big plans for the blog, but I don't have the equipment that I need to implement them. I know that I don't go into a lot of detail about myself in my writing, but let me give you a protracted glimpse right … Continue reading Give Some $$Green Energy$$ to The Bluest i–Notes on My Kickstarter Campaign to Expand the Blog in 2017

America 101: Democracy

  I'm starting my first special series of posts on this blog--dedicated to the inauguration of Donald Trump (what a surreal phrase to have to type)--with the supposed foundational concept of our government, and that it is a democracy. Isn't that the primary civics lesson we all receive in grade school? That America is the … Continue reading America 101: Democracy

Vacation Reading List

I am getting married on Thursday. Then, I'm resting on Friday. Then, Saturday is New Year's Eve. New Year's Day is a day I typically use to contemplate my plans for the new year and clear my spiritual palate. So I won't be blogging on any of these days. I'm done blogging for the week … Continue reading Vacation Reading List

White Men Will Be Boys, Black Men Will Be Predators: Nate Parker, Casey Affleck, Intersectionality, and the Prevaricating Press

Buzzfeed--the "edgy" Internet periodical--has an article up about the fraternal Sundance cinematic wunderkinds Nate Parker and Casey Affleck. In it, the author--young, white, woman--explains why Parker's history of sexual violence tanked his movie, "The Birth of a Nation, and Affleck's did not tank his ("Manchester by the Sea"). She says Parker was accused of "rape" and put on trial … Continue reading White Men Will Be Boys, Black Men Will Be Predators: Nate Parker, Casey Affleck, Intersectionality, and the Prevaricating Press

Maybe We Do Need White History Month or Millennials Don’t Know Shit About Slavery or Picking Appropriate Essay Topics or Being a Black English Adjunct Sucks Sometimes–Merry Christmas

So, I have to go with the salutation that one of my favorite IG personalities, Jill Is Black, often uses in the opening of her videos-- Dear White People-- And then I have to say something touchy, that I almost regret, but not quite because it's necessary-- Please get your kids. If you are a … Continue reading Maybe We Do Need White History Month or Millennials Don’t Know Shit About Slavery or Picking Appropriate Essay Topics or Being a Black English Adjunct Sucks Sometimes–Merry Christmas

Daily Prompt: Maddening

via Daily Prompt: Maddening In his elegy to Barack Obama's beatific presidency, "My President Was Black," Ta-Nehisi Coates talks deeply and broadly about the President's "innate optimism and unwavering faith in the ultimate wisdom of the American people." These sentiments, he says, are undoubtedly what allowed Obama to go from the Illinois State Senate to the … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Maddening

Daily Prompt: Flee

via Daily Prompt: Flee Sometimes, I really do seriously think about leaving this place. America, that is. I look around at the mess that we have all collectively made of it, and I wonder if it can ever be improved upon in any real and permanent way. Sometimes, I think that it can't. But where … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Flee