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I went to a street fair when I was 6 because I was the son of a single, Black Mama who made good use of the city circulars to help find free or cheap entertainment for an intellectually curious boy. The sights and sounds of a street fair were cheaper than a movie and kept [...]

“My mother tells me to fix my hair. And by ‘fix,’ she means straighten. She means whiten. But how do you fix this ship-wrecked history of hair? The true meaning of stranded: when trusses held tight like African cousins in ship bellies, did they imagine that their great grand-children would look like us? And would [...]

During the inauguration, an SNL writer tweeted that Barron Trump “would be the first homeschool shooter.” Expectedly, the outrage was swift and broad. The backlash was so harsh that the writer deactivated her account. She’s since reactivated, but has been suspended indefinitely from SNL. The message was clear: Kids are off limits. Now either the country [...]

Nearly two years ago, I watched a 14-year-old Black girl, clad in a bikini, slammed to the ground by a white Texas police officer. Dejarria Becton laid facedown sobbing into the grass as a grown man, armed with a gun and badge, sat on her back. Her friends, a few teenage Black girls rushed over to assist [...]

Came across this image of a  bunch of white women going WAY out of their way to make some tenuous ties to Beyoncé while at the Women’s March yesterday. Also seen this week: large numbers of white protesters wearing all black, including black face masks and gloves –who were shouting “Black Lives Matter” while committing numerous bizarre and [...]

In school, college especially, I always dreaded group projects. Each time I heard a professor’s standard instruction to find a way to work together, my eyes rolled in the back of my head. It never failed that there was always one person in the group who wouldn’t carry their own weight — missing deadlines, ignoring [...]

Over the summer, I read an article in the The Washington Post that left me seething. A Black high school student with “mental disorders including learning disabilities” had been sodomized by three white students at his high school in Dietrich, Idaho, a town described by the Post as a “predominantly white town of 334 people.” According to a lawsuit filed [...]

“Do you feel that your job is to transform yourself into someone as unthreatening as possible?” Last month, a New York Times journalist posed this question to Trevor Noah who admitted he “wasn’t expecting liberal hatred” when he signed on to replace Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. After Noah confessed that after [...]

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