“My grandfather came to this country with nothing and ended up owning his own business.” Start talking about how white people have inherited the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow, and as such are the sole beneficiaries and administrators of structural racism, and you can be assured a white person or 100 will respond with [...]
As Black History Month comes to a close, I’m reminded that some of y’all are fake as fuck. Every February, as Black folk take the opportunity to be EXTRA in every way, my joyful extraness is often disrupted by the erasure – sometimes blatant or deliberate, often not – of Black disabled folk from Black [...]
Last week, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, Christopher Paul Hasson, was arrested. Hasson is a self-professed white nationalist who intended to carry out a terror attack complete with a stockpile of weapons and a kill-list. Named on this murderous spreadsheet were well-known journalists and politicians including Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, political [...]
Two years ago, my stepson started college. My husband’s worries were those customary to any parent seeing their child off to college and their first time living alone: Will he be safe? Will he keep a clean space?Will he succumb to peer pressure with drugs and drinking? Will he manage his money? Will he study? Will [...]
“It was yellow. A beautiful canary yellow. Yellow was always my favorite color and when I saw that dress, I had to have it because it looked so good on my brown skin, ” she remembered with an assuredness to her voice that told me that every word she spoke was gospel. Over those two [...]
After years of feuding and previous attempts at counseling the Braxton sisters and their parents (who have been divorced for decades) sit with self-proclaimed therapy guru Iyanla Vanzant to hash out both fresh and long-standing issues pervasive within their family on the season finale of Braxton Family Values. At the outset, it seems this kind [...]
“I’m sick of them sweatsuits and them corny hats.” There is a conversation about Eminem that I think must be acknowledged. A real part of the culture wars that goes understated about why a lot of old heads (like myself) always had reservations about white rappers is that privilege does not allow or invite accurate [...]
The university system is marketed to Black students as a mecca of reprieve from the outside world wherein the ills of civil society—gratuitous state sanctioned violence against Black folks—are absent, replaced by a constituency we are taught from childhood to trust above all else: well meaning, well educated white people. We were raised with icons [...]
If Black people are going to survive modern healthcare we’re going to have to rescind some of the deference we afford practitioners and treat our medical care like what it is – a fight for our lives.
The only way to have seen as much shit as Quincy Jones has seen is to be knee-deep in that shit. But where was he when all this scheming an lying was going on? When all the sucking and fucking was going down, where was Quincy Jones? How does he have so much dirt but emerge so clean?