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Toni Morrison taught me early on that love is never any better than the lover. She warned us in the pages of The Bluest Eye that “wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly…” So when I see exasperated faces and secret Facebook groups lamenting that love failed to trump hate, I must ask: [...]

Back in September, I spent nearly three hours discussing practical ways to fight racism with a dozen white people who were eager to learn how they could channel their frustration with a racist system into meaningful action. For the last hour of the presentation, I read and answered questions submitted by the participants. Prefacing his questions with, “It seems [...]

Amy Schumer’s racist spoof on Formation is peak white feminism, and she doesn’t care.   February 6, 2016 was a holiday. It wasn’t the “Federal government officially closed” kind of holiday and no fancy family meals were had, but it was a holiday nonetheless. That Saturday marked the day millions of Black people got in [...]

“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 NFL. Smith [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.” As a woman who would rather do just about anything – fold laundry, watch paint dry, even listen to an entire Iggy Azeala album – rather than watch a basketball game, even I know that infamous line. I remember that day back in the summer of [...]