Why Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Matters

Our Managing Editor shared a few thoughts on Twitter regarding Colin Kaerpernick’s recent decision not to stand during the National Anthem. The quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers has made it clear that he does not support the injustices against Black Americans in the United States.

In essence, she argues that Kaepernick’s protest should be seen as a larger disruption of white supremacy. See her tweets below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Photo: Instagram/Colin Kaepernick

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Feels Like A Gift From God

By: Sam Fleming

Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange and Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy are the only two albums that I feel truly changed my life. Maybe it is because I have played both so many times that they have soundtracked infinitely many memorable moments of my last few years, but both albums hold a special place in my heart and are critically acclaimed, groundbreaking projects from genre-defying artists.

Divided America: Diverse Millennials Are No Voting Monolith

By: Associated Press

The oldest millennials (AP) — nearing 20 when airplanes slammed into New York City’s Twin Towers – are old enough to remember the relative economic prosperity of the 1990s, and when a different Clinton was running for president. The nation’s youngest adults – now nearing 20 themselves – find it hard to recall a reality without terrorism and economic worry.

Review: Kemba’s ‘Negus’ Brings A New Wave of Conscious

BY SAM FLEMING

“Please don’t call me conscious/Don’t call it political/Please don’t deem this lyrical/These are negro spirituals,” Kemba mutters on the second track of his newest project Negus. These lyrics set the tone for this forebodingly beautiful album, and bring up a more potent point about hip-hop in general. Negus is not an album about black empowerment, it’s an album about striving for black excellence.

Black Nerd Problems Editor: “Why We Won’t Be Reviewing ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ Upon It’s Release

This piece was originally written by William Evans, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of BlackNerdProblems.com.


***Trigger Warning For Sexual Assault***
There was a point a few years ago where I wanted to be done with period films and TV shows. Either they had so few Black people in them it was as if we were to believe they hadn’t been invented until the early 70s. Or, the opposite, the show was about Black people and was supposed to show the unflinching horror and somehow, by movie’s end, the triumph of Black people in the face of evil incarnate. I didn’t drift from these movies because of what they showed, but mostly for what I felt the bundle of them implied: here’s some racism from fifty years ago or one hundred and fifty years ago because we don’t dare show you the racism that happened this morning. While not exclusive to slavery movies, slavery movies do indeed make up a large share of those productions. I can understand the person fatigued on that setting. It’s like getting a shot at your doctor appointment. Maybe it wasn’t a big shot that leaves your arm sore for a week, but they still shoved a sharp metal syringe into your shoulder. Likewise, even a really good slavery movie is still a slavery movie and I can empathize with not wanting to always indulge that.

POLL: Young Americans Overwhelmingly Favor LGBT Rights

By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young people in America overwhelmingly support LGBT rights when it comes to policies on employment, health care and adoption, according to a new survey.

The GenForward survey of Americans ages 18-30 found that support for those policies has increased over the past two years, especially among young whites. But relatively few of these young adults consider rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender to be among the top issues facing the United States.

Dr. Barbara Ransby on the GenForward Survey: Young People Are Ready For A Third Party

By: Dr. Barbara Ransby

According to last week’s GenForward survey by political scientist, Cathy Cohen’s Black Youth Project, based at the University of Chicago, young people across the board, dissatisfied with both the Democrats and the Republicans, are eager for a fundamental political change. That is the good news.

FM Supreme Drops ‘This Is Not A Drill’, Calls For Police Abolition

By: Sam Fleming

Chicago rapper and peace-activist Jessica Disu (also known as FM Supreme) has been killing it lately and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Standing behind her controversial message of abolishing the police, she has made appearances on the Fox News’ Kelly File and on other cable news networks attempting to bring attention to police violence in Chicago. In her newest track “This Is Not A Drill” she perfectly demonstrates the power and anger that hip-hop can portray, while still putting forth a strong political message.

Poll: Young Americans fear US, foreign-inspired extremists

By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The threat of violence by people inspired by foreign extremists invokes fear in a majority of young Americans across racial groups. But for young people of color, particularly African-Americans, that fear is matched or surpassed by worries about violence from white extremists.

A new GenForward poll of Americans age 18-30 shows widespread anxiety among young people about attacks from both inside and outside the United States.