Last night Monday I stumbled across an article with the headline, “Man who had 30 kids with 11 women wants child-support break.” Of course the ethnicity of this father turned out to be Black. My first reaction to this story was a shaken head, because Black male bodies seem incapable of accountability. Missing fathers, no doubt, are common in Black family life, yet here we have a case of no limits.
Issa Rae’s popular webseries, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is now part of hip hop producer/entrepreneur Pharrell Williams’ new YouTube channel:
DJ, producer, and overall hip-hop legend is not happy with skateboard king and critical darling, Lupe Fiasco’s new single, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free).” The song samples Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s classic “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” Arguably one of the best 5 songs of the genre, the dirge was composed in the aftermath of the tragic death of Troy “Trouble T Roy” Dixon, a dancer in Heavy D. and The Boyz. The song is incredibly personal to Pete Rock, and he took to Twitter last night to make it known that he was unhappy with Fiasco:
While late to the game I fell in love with Issa Rae’s webseries, Awkward Black Girl, for its honest and hilarious interrogation of race and race relations via the lens of some very typical situations. From her humble approach to her daring showcasing of other talents (i.e. her rapping skills) I felt endeared to her struggles with dating, co-workers, and friends each episode. Watching the web show with my best friend or my aunt made the ‘Awkward Black Girl’ experience less…awkward and more…laughable and okay. However, reactions to Ms. Rae’s big win at the Shorty Award reveals that being Black is still awkward for some.
D’Angelo is Back!
After a seemingly eons long (but actually only about twelve years) hiatus from music, D’Angelo is back, looking great, and sounding fantastic. In conjunction with his appearance in a spread for GQ, D’Angelo reminded us of why we’ve missed him so much.
Check out the magazine’s fascinating, in-depth interview with the R&B icon here.
The Jefferson Parish School Board in Louisiana is in all kinds of trouble these days.
According to Gawker, the school board is already under fire by the Southern Poverty Law Center for sending a disproportionate number of black and disabled students to the district’s alternative schools. But recent comments from one of its employees have upped the ante completely.
Mark Traina, a school psychologist for the above-mentioned alternative schools, launched into a virulently racist tirade through his twitter account earlier this year, declaring, “Young Black Thugs who won’t follow the law need to be put down not incarcerated. Put down like the Dogs they are!”
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous says he hopes the organization’s announcement of support for same-sex marriage will inspire resistant African Americans to rethink their opinions on the issue.
During an interview with the Associated Press, Jealous drew comparisons with the struggle of his parents to find acceptance for their interracial marriage in the 1960’s. He also made it very clear that the NAACP’s position focuses on marriage equality “in the eyes of government, not religion.”
A new registry jointly compiled by the University of Michigan and Northwestern University Law Schools conveys that over 2,000 prisoners have been wrongly convicted of serious crimes since 1989.
Tellingly, more than half of them are black.