I have always considered myself an optimist. This may come as a surprise to those who have heard me argue, sincerely, that “everything is anti-Black,” or who experience my total lack of faith in the idea of reform, or who witness me supporting unapologetic non-participation in the electoral system, having long lost confidence that it should be the primary vehicle for Black liberation.
Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager was released during my first semester in college. After looking forward to it for weeks, I played it on my laptop as soon as it came out.
When it was over, I turned to my roommate and asked for his thoughts. He admitted that it was good, but ultimately not for him. Now that I’ve known him for more than six years, I can understand why.
It’s time for poets and essayists to get in formation.
Feminista Jones and Olivia Cole are teaming up to publish an anthology of writing inspired by and dedicated to the one and only Beyoncé: The King Bey Bible. For many, Beyoncé is the human incarnation of the possibility of another world: a world run by Girls! Consider this their interpretation of a “lost text”.
Not too long ago, depression was merely viewed as “the blues,” people with anxiety were just “high-strung,” and mental disorders were all lumped into insensitive categories. But people coming out to publicly discuss their personal battles with mental health has helped make mental health more important to the general public.
By Liz Adetiba and Jordie Davies
The Oakland-based organizer and activist Alicia Garza, who is also the originator of the Black Lives Matter rallying cry and one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Network, thinks Black people have a lot to talk about outside of police violence. In this interview, we discussed with Garza what she believed is missing from the movement, how it is portrayed in the media, and the various points of entry for activism–from politics to protest.
Los Angeles Police were involved in a pursuit this past weekend that ended when Carnell Snell, 18, was shot dead. LAPD officials are now saying that Snell was armed with a fully loaded weapon and turned towards officers before being shot twice.
You may recall the headline this past May when a middle schooler was arrested and charged with larceny for allegedly stealing a 65-cent carton of milk at lunch. Sadly, the situation that had already been blown entirely out of proportion is far from over.
According to the Washington Post, Ryan Turk will have to face the criminal charges in court not long after he turns 15 years old.
Last week, the New York Times broke the news that Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump, may have avoided paying federal income taxes due to a loophole stemming from a $916 million loss on his 1995 tax return. This revelation suggests that Trump used his business failures to take full advantage of the American tax code, while millions of hardworking Americans pay their federal taxes every year.
There is no question that schools need better, more effective ways to manage and mentor diverse student populations. One school, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, is doing just that by getting rid of traditional punitive detention halls and bringing in yoga mats for meditation.
Dylan Marron is known for keeping it all the way real in his short films with Seriously.TV. Professor Michelle Alexander, who’s book The New Jim Crow drew collective attention to mass incarceration in the United States, is also well-known for being brutally honest about the ways that implicit and institutional racism operate to dis-privilege Black and Brown people, especially the poor, in this country. The two of them got together to discuss these issues recently and the results are necessary viewing for those who have remaining questions on the topic.