What Is Black Media Trust(Pillar Ahad)[Feb 2019]

I’m going to say this: we need new language. New language. Language needs an update. It needs an upgrade. Language needs an upgrade. Need these young, these young people who invent new words in HipHop every 3 months, we need them to come to the table and work some things out with us. We need Read the full article…

Bandersnatch ::: Was Colin A Mad Scientist???

NETFLIX STRATAGEMS In 2018, Netflix announced a series of cancellations of original programming. Cancelations of shows should not be surprising, except these shows have one important thing in common. They are all Marvel properties. With at least 63% of its viewed library consisting of licensed titles, as opposed to its original offerings, we can be Read the full article…

Black Media Trust && Racial Salience ::: A Reading Of Devon W. Carbado and Mitu Gulati’s “Acting White”

…there is a…subtle speech dynamic that disadvantages outsiders in the workplace: what an outsider says in the workplace can confirm or negate stereotypes of that outsider and make that outsider more or less racially salient. The talking white dynamic is not just about speaking with a certain accent; it is also about the content of Read the full article…

Standardization of Language As Psychological Weaponry

A few years ago, maybe four or five, I read an update by a semi-slightly popular blogger. Her update, like much of her work, was a complaint about US Blacks. Her particular peeve this time centered usage of “born day” instead of “birthday”, and “overstand” as opposed to “understand”. My own personal usage stems in Read the full article…

Jared Ball’s Hip Hop Nation ::: Readings Of A Mixtape Manifesto

It is difficult for me to enjoy US media. Especially US media that has been highly touted as representing US Blacks. In fact, I enjoy a predominantly Whyte productions more. This could be a factor of 1930s popular psychology frameworks like “self-hate”. I personally sum it up as being tired of watching other Blacks worship Read the full article…

John Carlos & Tommie Smith: Black Power Salute At Olympic Victory Rostrum[Full Video]

John Carlos & Tommie Smith joined history’s most iconic protests after staging their Black Power Salute at 1968’s Olympic Victory Rostrum. John Carlos–a Harlem native and lifelong social protester and observer– opens his biography, “The John Carlos Story” with these words: Harlem. Born and raised. I came to this earth on June 5, 1945. I Read the full article…

Economist’s Jail Breaks For Tax Payers But A Little Lite On True Liberation

Earlier today, I found myself reading an article on jail breaks and prison reform in this May 2017’s “The Economist”. Entitled, “Jail break” with this lede,”America’s approach to incarceration is an expensive failure. It does not have to be this way”, I was upset “The Economist” did not include its author’s name.   While reading Read the full article…

Jelani Cobb’s Dave Chappelle & Dave Chappelle’s Robin Hood Feast

In 2007, Columbia University professor of Journalism and The New Yorker contributor, Jelani Cobb published a set of essays entitled,”The Devil & Dave Chappelle, & Other Essays”. In that collection’s eponymous essay, he writes of Dave Chappelle’s legendary departure from Comedy Central, leaving a highly touted $50 Million bag on that proverbial table. Comparing Dave Read the full article…

Todd Steven Burroughs’s Officious Objectivity And That Case Of Manning Marable’s Fib

Around five years ago, I had that immense pleasure of sitting in on a lecture given by late and great Black Arts Movement parent, Amiri Baraka. Amiri spoke to a number of topics, including but not limited to St. Louis’s penchant for producing insanity. Among that “not limited to” were his thoughts regarding Manning Marable’s Read the full article…