Dear Hollywood

The casting of a white man as Michael Jackson in a TV series set in 2001 is more than unnerving. It is actually a complete contradiction of who MJ was in 2001 and throughout his life. The year 2001 was a year, that if you look and listen to Jackson himself, he was nothing but Read the full article…

President Barry Obeezy: Gramsci’s Afrikan-Amerikkkan (Rack Two)

You’ve probably heard the term “identity politics” used to refer to people who believe that identity colors one’s experiences, and this idea is not without merit. Identity is an important concept, and is essential to the fighting of bigoted stereotypes and ideas about marginalized groups. It is very easy for people who have never lived Read the full article…

Representation(Part One)

Representation is a marketing ploy.   Representation sells television ads.   Representation sells hamburgers.   Representation sells chicken meals.   Representation sells action figures.   Representation sells dolls.   Representation is a marketing ploy.   Any representation that does not find its roots hugged by communities, families, histories, and cultures of those being represented not Read the full article…

Erica Caines’s “All In Love Is Fair”

Words reside in my spirit, entangle my mind and captivate my imagination…I live for words. I live through words. Erica Ryan Caines   Every now and again a body of work comes across the Desk of Asylum that reminds me of those written works that initially sparked my own word wielding. What I liked most Read the full article…

Creation Caters To Creators

I have been working on polishing my portfolio over at the J. Farand site. As I have been going over design details and copy, I considered my position and roles I have played over the years. Primarily, my role in marketing, promoting and amplifying others via Twitter. It is not a very well rewarded or Read the full article…

Oscar Snubs, On Fleek, And Capitalist Pluralism

The future will have no pity for those men (and women) who, possessing the exceptional privilege of being able to speak words of truth to their oppressors, have taken refuge in an attitude of passivity, of mute indifference, and sometimes of cold complicity. Fanon I dislike being viewed as a victim. I dislike viewing my Read the full article…

Black Media Trust :: Introductions (Dec. 4, 2015) [Part Two]

Organized society is always a mass of people, and as such, cannot do anything explicit or by detail by themselves. Hence, the organizing of institutions to do the particular work that cannot be done by the masses as a whole.   There are different kinds of institutions in a society, but each institution has its Read the full article…

Prologues To Better Sequels Of Dark Tales

ON the eve of the eve of the new year, 2016, I entered my room. My wife lay under covers, and I asked in my charmingly husbandy voice,”is my wife happy?”   She erupted in hugs and “awww’s”. Slightly typical of B, with a few noteworthy details of this particular ebullient embrace.   “It is Read the full article…

Black Media Trust :: [Introductions] Self Trust As Critical Foundations

Dealing with principles and frameworks for principled behavior can be more murky in action than in the writing or telling.   As a US Black person, there is a tradition of thought that utilizes the term, “sellout”. The definition of what a “sell out” is exactly, however, probably changes constantly from generation to generation. As Read the full article…

Mistaking Monolithic Membership

The first time I remember hearing the phrase, “Blacks are not monolithic” was on one of those Black talk shows catering to the upper tenth. One of the guests was suggesting that he was not a “sellout” and that the rapper discussing selling drugs to other US Blacks was. In that framing, the phrase was Read the full article…