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…

The “Safe Space”

I was one of the lucky ones. It was one of my first weekends at Yale. A few of the sophomores invited me and a few of my freshman friends over to their suite before going out on campus for the night. We stepped in and immediately in the first bedroom, I saw a Confederate…

I’m an Asshole

Yes, you read that correctly (cue jokes from friends saying “Cam, I already knew that”). But, in recent times I have seriously come to this conclusion. For two reasons, both of which pretty much imply that there’s no way that I can’t be an asshole (which is also a realization that could only come from…

When I First Realized I Was Black

I’m currently in the middle of reading a New York Times Bestseller called How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (props to my friend Brea Johnson who put me on to it). Which, can we talk about this? Should I, as a black man, be offended by the fact that another black friend suggested I read a…

Stuck Between Classic Rock and a Hard Place

I’m briefly breaking my hiatus from blogging to share an interesting conversation I had this morning at work. It started with a story: I was in Spanish class my senior year of high school and somehow, in an otherwise incredibly boring class, the subject matter had switched to music (that’s música in Spanish). I don’t…

The Ivy League Truth

My friend at work showed me an interesting article the other day as a way of poking fun of my Ivy League background (something I’ve grown accustomed to). It was then posted by two other friends of mine on Facebook, both of whom provided impressively detailed and intellectual commentary on the article. Here is the…

The Pretty Ricky of It All

As I write this post, I’m listening to George Strait’s It Just Comes Natural. You know, because he’s the king. Of course that song has nothing to do with this post, I just thought you should know. Also, it will make this post that much more weird knowing that song is playing in the background.…

The Struggle

So, I joined Hinge last week, described by a friend as “the classy Tinder.” This week I’m slowly realizing that I joined much to my own chagrin, which, of course, should be read: “I have no matches.” Normally I would post a picture of myself here and say something like, “see, not a bad looking…