“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” -Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Down the rabbit hole, or through the shot glass? However you decide to plunge into the world of Trinidad Carnival, you’re sure to meet some very intriguing figures. Their origins have been skewed, misinterpreted, and lost as aesthetic appeal becomes … Continue reading Down the Rabbit Hole – T&T Carnival
Underground, a fictional television series based on Harriet Tubman and the famous railroad resistance, was recently cancelled. Despite the star power of actress Jurnee Smollett and executive producer John Legend, both vocal activists against injustice in various ways, the show only enjoyed two seasons. Whether it was a question of lack of ratings or opposition … Continue reading Are We Sick Of Slavery On Screen?
A - Articulate "Usually you don't find Black people as articulate and well-spoken as you are." Meaning - I'm impressed that you speak English the same way I do. Usually Black people speak with those funny ghetto accents. But you sound really educated and upper class. B - Black-on-Black "What about Black-on-Black … Continue reading An Alphabetical Guide to What White People Mean When They Say …
One thing that hounds me to my core, is the irony of these people asking why we have to make everything about race. Why we are so inclined to play the victim. Centuries of this particular group of people inventing an elaborate way to stratify the world, having economic, social, political, juridical implications, resulting in … Continue reading The Audacity we must deal with
I wear the color of my skin like armor. Like a knight caught in constant battle, I fight not only for my individualism, but for recognition as a human being every day. People all over the world say that they are tired of hearing about the struggles of black people; they’re tired of hearing about … Continue reading To be black in South Africa
Part 1 - For White People Part 2 - For Black People (coming soon!) (Yes you can read both. This ain’t apartheid South Africa. ) PART 1 While waiting for the train in the small town of Sete, Southern France, I broke into song, as I tend to do sometimes. “I see you driving … Continue reading The Nuances of the N word
The rise of the Alt-Right represents a unique dilemma in the fight against racism and global inequality. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alternative Right is “a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that white identity is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” … Continue reading The Alt-Right is NOT Alright
“God forgives murder and he forgives adultery, but he is very angry and he actually curses all who do integrate.” Uttered by a representative of the well-meaning white women of the post-racial 1950’s America concerning the abomination of desegregation. I am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, narrated by Samuel Jackson, combines such salient … Continue reading The Story of America through James Baldwin’s eyes
Welcome to the 21st century, where the institution of White Supremacy has effectively dominated the majority of the global population and is evident in the distribution of wealth, power, justice and general quality of life. The Western Empires, after pillaging entire continents and decimating entire peoples, now reap the fruits of their ancestors’ labor, wielding … Continue reading What’s in a Name?