Sports are Politics, Politics are Sports

With a score of 28-3 late into the third quarter and an Atlanta Falcons lead, #BlackTwitter popped the champagne in its own special viral manner, letting the memes, gifs, and crying Jordan photo-overlays fly before the outcome was actually decided. A little too prematurely it would turn out, as the 4-Time Super Bowl Champion New…

Nostalgia For the Future

This morning on my way to work, the Jackson 5 song “I’ll Be There” came on and I found myself far more nostalgic than normal. I thought back to three-hour summer treks to visit my grandma and the rest of my mom’s family in Columbus, OH. The Jackson 5 was always in heavy rotation, but…

Token Icon Appreciation: Arthur

And I said Hey! What a wonderful kind of Day! Where we learn to work and Play! And Get Along with each other… I’m pretty sure the opening Arthur theme song was the first non-nursery rhyme I ever committed to memory, so it’s really no question the preliminary Token Icon Appreciation goes out to my…

If Black Lives Matter so much, What about Black-on-Black Crime?

“How can you say Black Lives Matter, when they’re killing each other in the streets?” “We need to Police ourselves” “It’s a culture problem, Black People just need to take responsibility for their communities” In light of the series of recent incidents where the indications point to unarmed Black people being unjustly killed at the…

A Minority’s Guide to the New World Order

When I was seventeen years old and Barack Obama was first elected, I remember two prevailing thoughts. One was an incredible sense of pride, the perfect example of how hard-work, charisma, and timing can lead to an accomplishment we didn’t predict happening for another couple of decades. The second thought was that while having an…

Where would you be in 1963?

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April of 1968. It was fifteen years later in 1983 that the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday was passed nationally (sponsored by Republicans and Signed by Reagan). While some states enacted the holiday in recognition of Dr. King’s accomplishments in a short 5 years after his death…

The Curious Case of the Negro Patriot

Patriotism for the Black American can be a tricky concept, but that has never stopped us from showing off our national pride. On every national holiday and during every Olympics, unabashed displays of pride resonate throughout Black communities across the country. These particular 2016 Rio Olympics were especially inspiring and joyous for us, as Black…