About a week ago, my family and I got together to play some trivia. During one of my turns to choose a category, I picked a round that focused on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because I figured it would be fair and give everyone a fair chance. My 15-year-old cousin immediately put that assumption to rest.
I’ve been intrigued by black quarterbacks for as long as I’ve been a fan of football. For me, the golden age was when I first picked up the sport in the early 2000s and Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper were two of the best players in the game. Today, that space is filled by a handful of other players that you’re sure to see on my fantasy football team every year, such as Russell Wilson, Tyrod Taylor and the soon-to-be MVP, Cam Newton.
If you hadn’t noticed, Newton of the Carolina Panthers is having an historic season. This past Sunday he played an integral role in getting his 15-1 team to the Super Bowl after routing the Arizona Cardinals with a final score of 49-15.
I’d left the hospital a few days before 2015 New Year’s following an overdose. If you’ve ever been hospitalized, you know that leaving doesn’t make you magically well or even wholly interested in living.
By Sam Fleming
Until the release of Epic, Kamasi Washington’s solo debut album, he had mostly been known for frequently collaborating with Thundercat, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar, who have each released some of the best music of the past few years. His debut album, Epic, paints a different picture of Washington. Instead of showing his collaborative, contemporary hip-hop side, it shows his fearless leadership and command of not only his saxophone, but classic Jazz itself.
Social movements over the years have taught us that politeness and respectabiility rarely result in lasting social change. When 15-year-old Claudette Colvin first resisted public bus segregation in Alabama on March 2, 1955, she did so knowing that she’d be classified as unruly, dangerous, and a threat to the very fabric of American society. Nine months later, when Rosa Parks did the same, it was groundswell effect of women like Colvin’s actions which helped to shift the public’s attention to the nonviolent but very disruptive actions of Blacks in Montgomery, Alabama. But these women, their fellow organizers and their tactics weren’t polite. So, why is anyone demanding politeness from young Black organizers today?
Last week, mainstream news outlets erupted with stories about student protests at the University of Missouri. The University was founded in 1839 but didn’t admit Black students until 1950 when the University was “fully integrated.” Today, the roughly 35,000 students have found themselves at the center of a major push for cultural and administrative change on campus following reports of racism toward Black students on the main, predominantly white Columbia campus. Here are some of th key facts you need to know.
by L.G. Parker
The statistics are daunting and all around us. Because black, because queer, because trans, because gender-non-conforming, because, because, because… we are less likely to be hired, more likely to go without. Some of our loved ones might even suggest that we stop acting like a lil boy or girl, stop playing dress up, grow up and look decent and get a job. Maybe some of them are well meaning, but the fact remains that those suggestions are harmful and do not help us cope with the many ways that we already fear the way various discriminations will impact our finances and employability.
I like to consider the following business owners when I start to worry about these things.
Michael Brown, Jr. was murdered in cold blood last August in Ferguson, MO. Now, a life-sized model of his dead body is on display in an “art exhibit” in the historically Black neighborhood of Bronzeville in Chicago. Sadly, it epitomizes the very definition of the White Privilege and racism it seeks to rebuke.