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The Young and The Radical – The Awakening of a New Black America

August 25, 2016

I’ve been black my whole life. It’s funny how the math of race works: a black woman meets a white man and makes a black child.  I’ve always known that, but at the same time, it’s a new discovery. And having discovered it, I am afraid. America has never played by the rules when it… Read More ›

I’m Dreaming of a Black Star Wars

As featured on Medium Dear younger me, Merry Christmas! You’re what, 10 now? 13? I can’t remember if you’ve just seen the first Star Wars prequel or the second, but I do know the disappointment you feel. You don’t quite know why, but you are certain what you just watched was not Star Wars, not… Read More ›

The Force Awakens in all of us, even the “nobodies”

As featured on Medium I’m a Star Wars geek, and I have been for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is of watching Star Wars with my first grade class, writing reports on what it meant to be a Jedi, and it was that from which I drew my first… Read More ›

Failure to Comply

As featured on Medium. On July 10th, Sandra Bland was pulled over by an officer for failure to signal a lane change. By the end of the hour, she would be arrested. By the end of the day, she would be in jail. By next week, she would be found dead in her own cell… Read More ›

You Can’t Break What Ain’t Fixed

As featured on Medium To liberal white Americans, Bernie Sanders represents the salvation of the American Dream. In a time of staggering inequality, the only independent Senator in America — and quite possibly the only self-identified socialist — feels like a dream candidate. His pedigree standing up to powerful interests is perhaps the most impressive of any American politician,… Read More ›

Unapologetically Black – Kanye West as Philosopher, Prophet, and God of Self-Love

Kanye West “ain’t even supposed to be here”, and he knows it, even if it was Jay-Z who said it. Like most successful black Americans, his story begins in adversity. One of his early hits, “Through The Wire”, was recorded through his recently shattered jaw — still wired shut — just two weeks after the responsible car crash. It… Read More ›

Happy Father’s Day

Along with my two brothers, I was lucky enough to have a father who never was tied to any ideas of machismo, a man who showed me that manhood lies in the self-reliant capability of adulthood, not in the physical power of muscle, and taught me that that it is appropriate for a man to… Read More ›

A Lifetime on Parole – Blackness in America

I am one of the good ones. This could never happen to me. This is the lie I tell myself. I’ve been on parole my whole life for a crime I committed at birth: being black. Growing up in a mixed-race household, I was fuzzy on the concept of race. My dad was pink in… Read More ›

Racism: The Infection in the Wound of Police Brutality

Police brutality is a savage wound to everything a democracy stands for. Ultimately, a democracy requires that its people feel safe in non-violently opposing its government, and police brutality is but one in a growing list of violations of that safety: warrantless searches, wiretaps, indefinite detention without trial, and now torture. To white America, the… Read More ›

The Hidden Racism of America

“I’m not a racist. I just think people should be able to defend themselves.” In recent discussions on race, it has begun increasingly clear that the use of the word “racism” blinds people to everything that comes after it. Why? Because everybody agrees that “racism” is a bad thing. They just don’t agree on what… Read More ›