15 Year-Old Honor Student Brittany Rowley Roughed Up by NYPD

15 year-old honor student Brittany Rowley has put the NYPD back in the headlines after being “roughed up” by two of its officers in a case of mistaken identity.

Last Friday, Rowley and a friend were walking down the street in Brooklyn near the site of a shoplifting incident involving two young ladies who allegedly looked and were dressed similarly to them. Two plain clothes officers approached them and, fearing they were about to be kidnapped, Rowley and her friend ran.

Rowley was caught by one of the officers and slammed to the concrete.

Maryland Legislator Calls for Crackdown on Black Youth Mobs ‘Terrorizing’ Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Maryland politician Pat McDonough has called on state troopers to patrol Baltimore’s upscale Inner Harbor in order to protect it from dangerous, roving mobs of violent black youth.

Echoing Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s infamous call for black youth to “pull up your pants and buy a belt” last Summer, McDonough’s statements single out black youth as a source of terror for residents and visitors to Baltimore’s famous tourist attraction, and have caused a firestorm of controversy.

The Baltimore Sun has even called on McDonough to be sanctioned by the Maryland legislature.

30 Children, 11 Mothers and No One Talks About The Black Man’s Body

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.

Lupe Fiasco’s Releases New Single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” Angers Pete Rock

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:

Dissin Issa Rae Based on Race? That’s Awkward

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.