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

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

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

Daily Prompt: Treasure

via Daily Prompt: Treasure I like words like "treasure." Words that are nouns and verbs. That allow me to talk about what I have and what I do. I am getting married in 21 days. I never thought I'd ever get married. I was raised by married parents, at whose wedding I was the flower … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Treasure

Daily Prompt: Anticipation

via Daily Prompt: Anticipation I didn't always know that black people had such a fraught relationship to the United States. When I was really little, it was simply my home country. A place to which I was proud to belong. I never questioned that belonging, either. I learned--like most Gen-Xers--the Pledge of Allegiance before I … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Anticipation