Race Records & Black Consumers

As I have written elsewhere, Carol Batker speaks about how Black Blues Women were alienated by other Black Women(usually professional class Black Women’s Club members) due to class antagonisms framed as lewd performance. She writes regarding analytical works about Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” that,” It is my contention that Hurston has Read the full article…

A Designation of Specificity ::: Shirley Chisholm’s Integrity & Kamala’s Pandering

Better cut off all identifying labelsBefore they put you on the torture table “Green Shirt”, Elvis Costello Shirley Chisholm’s name has been bandied about lately. Former Conservative Prosecutor, excuse me, former San Francisco district attorney(2004-2011), Kamala Harris, may bear some responsibility for that. However, this slight resurrection of Mrs. “Unbought And Unbossed” Shirley should not 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…

Indoctrination & Democratic Ticket

“They get all the Negro vote, and after they get it, the Negro gets nothing in return. All they did when they got to Washington was give a few big Negroes big jobs. Those big Negroes didn’t need big jobs, they already had jobs. That’s camouflage, that’s trickery, that’s treachery, window-dressing. I’m not trying to 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…