Here’s Why Anger is the Ultimate Glow Up. Oh, and #StrikeForBlackLives

One of my favorite podcasts is Another Round, featuring a writer for Buzzfeed, Tracy Clayton and a writer for the Stephen Colbert Show, Heben Nigatu. The show features guests of color talking about a wide range of subjects, but with a keen eye on culture. One part drunken conversation and one part reportage, Another Round Read more about Here’s Why Anger is the Ultimate Glow Up. Oh, and #StrikeForBlackLives[…]

The Feminine Pronoun Series #22: How Does One #StrikeForBlackLives?

In order to create the societal pressure for real police reform, a movement must happen. Movements are built one step at a time. organizing, conversing, writing, and publicizing are all a part of movement building. Over the last week, I have made a commitment to talk with as many smart people as I can about Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series #22: How Does One #StrikeForBlackLives?[…]

“Labor Pains” and the #StrikeForBlackLives

When Africans were enslaved, one popular narrative used to justify their enslavement, was that they were “lazy.” “If we don’t enslave them they won’t work” was one of the fears expressed pre-emancipation. In fact, black men found without a job could be remanded to forced labor post-slavery. In a strange psychic double bind, black bodies Read more about “Labor Pains” and the #StrikeForBlackLives[…]

How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time

This week’s vlog follows me through a day of workshop with the inimitable Bhanu Kapil.  Bhanu Kapil is a conceptual poet who recently worked for 15 years at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Sponsored by the Pulitzer Arts Center, this day long experience for metro area poets was named “How to Grieve While Read more about How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time[…]

Why Don’t We Crave to See the Families of the Murdered Policemen in Dallas Forgive Micah Johnson?

As the country continues to grapple with the racialized gun violence of the past weeks, several issues of comparison can be explored and discussed.   This is a thought experiment. I have taken an article titled, “Families of Charleston Shooting Victims: “We Forgive You” written by Inae Oh and published on MotherJones.com, and replaced the Read more about Why Don’t We Crave to See the Families of the Murdered Policemen in Dallas Forgive Micah Johnson?[…]

The Feminine Pronoun Series No. 20: #BLACKFATHERSMATTER

What is the secret to long life? In this video, I spend time with what is becoming an increasing rarity, an elderly black man in the person of my one and only “Daddy Dear,” Eugene B. Redmond. He’s giving longevity secrets (he’s 78) and dropping jewels. ________________________________________________________________ In the wake of the killings of Alton Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series No. 20: #BLACKFATHERSMATTER[…]

#StrikeForBlackLives: A Nationwide Job Walk-Off By Black Labor

  “Hamilton” isn’t the first play written by a writer of color that casts black and brown Americans in the roles of white Americans. 50 years earlier, Douglas Turner Ward wrote “A Day of Absence.” The play, with a role made famous by Ossie Davis, features a black cast playing white people in white face. Read more about #StrikeForBlackLives: A Nationwide Job Walk-Off By Black Labor[…]

From the South Bronx to Southeast Europe

Today was the final day of the international debate education association (IDEA) program in Macedonia. The two tracks– visual art (graffiti)/comics and hip-hop/poetry – were responsible for presenting their final projects. Prior to DJ Goce’s arrival, I had taken the students through a series of lessons designed to help them write an activist mission statement, Read more about From the South Bronx to Southeast Europe[…]

Good Beats and Good Eats

Today we went “crate digging.”  The students in me and Dj Goce’s group all piled into taxis and went to the town center. There was an open air market where used books and used vinyl was being sold. This process has been really pleasurable and improvisational. The students then went on pick samples and beats Read more about Good Beats and Good Eats[…]