Tribal relationships—unions of people that involve romance and creativity—are hard to maintain because of conflicting worldviews. What it means to be a man or womyn in love causes problems for many tribes because their demands and dreams clash without a middle ground. Since I’m raised to be a black male by other black males, my performance as one resembles a group formation. Many of us have not constructed our own look at the world, have not questioned our comfort with not talking about how we feel. Instead, we renew our loyalty to the template of an unhealthy black male. All this goes said to shed light on the complications of love: the group template of any individual prevents a real communication with others.
News anchor and new BET talk show host TJ Holmes was pulled over yesterday just minutes away from his Atlanta home.
Holmes used Twitter to document the incident:
Driving while black ain’t no joke!instagr.am/p/NtNk4mt9Xg/
17 year-old swimmer Lia Neal won a bronze medal as a member of the US 4×100-meter freestyle relay team on Saturday night!
The Democratic National Convention has confirmed its intention to include marriage equality as part of its platform.
Congressman Barney Frank shared the news:
I want you to be one of the first to know: After a unanimous decision on Sunday, the drafting committee for the Democratic National Convention embraced marriage equality as part of our platform for the 2012 Convention.
Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco raised more than a few eyebrows during a recent interview with Philly Hip Hop station Power 99, calling out President Obama on his controversial foreign policy.
Fiasco essentially called President Obama a “baby killer,” insisting that drone attacks in the Middle East have cost countless civilian lives.
Far too many Black youth continue to be demonized, criminalized and murdered.
Enough is enough!
In response to this intensifying crisis, the Black Youth Project (BYP) has launched, “The Pledge”.
With “The Pledge”, we are asking individuals and organizations to close ranks around black youth and make a commitment to take action and fight with black youth as they confront a relentless crisis. We at the BYP believe that each person can make a difference by doing something!
If we each take action, whether it is starting a group, signing a petition, or mentoring a young person in your neighborhood, then we all become a part of the solution.
Stand with Black Youth!
It’s been a great last few weeks for fans of conscious Hip-Hop music. Nas just dropped “Life is Good”, which is universally being regarded as a modern day classic. Killer Mike’s “R.A.P. Music” made several mid year lists for best album of the year so far. Plus with projects on the way from Brotha Ali (who makes a guest appearance on my new album), Lupe Fiasco, a DJ Drama hosted “Focus Tape” from the homie Dee-1 and of course yours truly, fans looking for more than money, designer clothes and murder have a lot of good music to occupy space on their ipods.
I’ve had a couple of eventful weeks myself, from performing at the Apollo Theater for radio host Michael Baisden’s anniversary showcase alongside Angie Stone and Johnny Gill, to being featured on two national cable TV shows. The first one was a taped appearance on “Our World with Black Enterprise” hosted by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. I discussed the current state of Hip-Hop and it’s future with Hip-Hop artist Pharoahe Monch and Dr. Tricia Rose chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University.
The second appearance was on the “Rachael Maddow Show”, guest hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry. During a segment on the Bay Area adopting NYPD’s racist Stop and Frisk policy, she showed a clip of my latest video (go to the 3 minute mark), directed by Elon James, “#10FriskCommandments“. And since me and my label Wandering Worx are wrapping up the final preparations for my new album “Ascension”, they just released an exclusive interview (embedded above) I did when I was in Los Angeles. Life is Good!
Today, the genealogy website Ancestry.com released research suggesting that President Barack Obama is the descendant of slaves–on his mother’s side:
We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog to consider the following thoroughly silly inquiry: What if the presidential election were more like the Olympics?
For reasons I may or may not share in a later blog, I very likely voted for the last time in 2008. I cannot, however, quit watching the Olympics with such ease. I watch everything. And I mean everything. Fencing? Yes. Badminton? Hell yes. Synchronized swimming? Absolutely yes. I can’t help myself. I almost wish I had room and money enough to install several flatscreens on my living room wall so that I can watch all of the NBC networks at the same (damn) time. I get tired of switching back and forth. I love the Olympics so much I actually tolerate Bob Costas, a.k.a. the Dick Clark of sports.
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the deadline for filing official amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case, which will decide whether colleges can continue to strive for diversity in their student bodies.
“The Negro people of Montgomery, exhausted by the humiliating experiences that they had constantly faced on the buses, expressed in a massive act of non-cooperation their determination to be free. They came to see that it was ultimately more honorable to walk the streets in dignity than to ride the buses in humiliation…This principle became the guiding light of our movement.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Pilgrimage to Nonviolence, 1960)
Now, before I begin, let’s be clear. I find this whole idea of the Chick-fil-A boycott slightly—banal, for two main reasons. For one, Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay stance is nothing new, and secondly, if we’re going to suddenly boycott companies for unsavory views or practices, we have a lot more places to hit up. Most of us would probably have to dump a few fruit-related electronics, some clothing items to return, and we should probably start growing our own food back in our grandparents’ gardens. Unsurprisingly, Chick-fil-A’s values only matter to us now because gay marriage has suddenly become a hot button issue. The controversy is symptomatic of what blogger Jonathan called our “fireworks” culture of gaining interest in the sexiest political issues. We can find our Kony-esque villain to launch our politics against, and suddenly we can feel like we made a difference in our little slice of the world.
Yet, problematic and disingenuous as this may be, in regards to a boycott, this is precisely the point.
They build in the name of development. An inanimate concept that creates debts between those living in the first world countries and those dying in third and developing constructs, even when privilege stares into the eyes of poverty, the rich would still displace millions just to construct. The Irony is that in the name of building up a nation, some believe they must tear down, demolish, and disrupt, the homes and lives of a space where “veiling your questioning looks doesn’t come easy.” But people in Mumbai scream Zinda-Baad. Zinda-Baad is for the movement.
During a speech to the National Urban League yesterday, President Barack Obama announced plans to open an office specifically designed for African American students:
The White House says the office will coordinate the work of communities and federal agencies to ensure that African-American youngsters are better prepared for high school, college and career.
A dispute during a basketball game at Harlem’s legendary Rucker Park led to five people being sent to the hospital:
Gunfire erupted around 10 p.m. at the Holcombe Rucker Park court on Frederick Douglass Boulevard near W. 155th St. after a dispute during a game for the Entertainers Basketball Classic, witnesses said.