PostRacialist

All the Things Black People Can’t Do Without Being Harassed, Arrested or Killed

It’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s depressing nonetheless. In my latest post for The Root, I break down the 9 basic things black people can’t do without being bothered — either in an annoying way or a deadly way depending on who is doing the do. Continue reading

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EntertainmentSnob

NBCBLK: Race Gets Lost in Translation Between Kanye, French Designer

Wrote an introspective piece on how black people don’t like talking about race so much as they have to, lest it looks like we’re endorsing our own slaughter. The backdrop? My years avoiding race (and failing at it) in California and Kanye West’s embrace of a French designer who was shamed out of using the N-word. Continue reading

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PostRacialist

The Root: Three Black Adoptees Tell Their Story, Talk New Film “Black or White”

For The Root on Tuesday I interviewed three black adoptees who were raised by white parents. While all said they appreciated the love their parents gave them, they didn’t quite appreciate growing up without knowledge, culture and context around race in America. Continue reading

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PostRacialist

The Root: It’s Time to #ReclaimMLK From Those Who Seek to Sanitize His Legacy

One of my pet peeves has been the recent push to turn Martin Luther King, Jr. Day into a generic national “Day of Service.” It annoys me not because I hate volunteerism (volunteering is great!) but because we all know damn well Martin Luther King didn’t live his life under threat of death constantly to eventually die from an assassin’s bullet because he wanted to paint poor people’s houses on weekends. No, he died for the long-denied rights of black people. We need to #ReclaimMLK, and I wasn’t alone in these thoughts. Continue reading

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PopCulturalist

ATTN: Things That Make You Go “Hmm,” Jay Z Talking About Racism

Over the weekend news site ATTN published my reaction to Jay Z’s recent statements that he thought Hip Hop music did more for Civil Rights than some Civil Rights activists. While I agreed that Hip Hop has been influential, let’s not pretend that racists can enjoy black art while despising black people.  Continue reading

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FashionSnob

The Daily Beast: One British Vogue Cover Every 12 years Doesn’t Equal Diversity

For The Daily Beast I wrote a piece about Jourdan Dunn getting a British Vogue cover — the first black woman to don the cover solo since Naomi Campbell 12 years ago. While I’m happy for Dunn, WTF fashion industry? You are tripping. Continue reading

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