Removing ‘Aunt Jemima’

Earlier this week on Twitter (because that’s where I spend my life) #BlackWomenDidThat was trending. The point of the trend was to acknowledge the accomplishments of black women throughout history…beyond the 2 or 3 mentioned in school.  (Don’t worry y’all, the Aunt Jemima part is coming) I scrolled through the the hashtag and of course…

Snapchat and Colonialism

“Autumn (my middle name) you have so much pride for your culture and ethnicity. I wish I did too but I kinda hate being Asian.” This Snapchat message I received from a friend started a long conversation about racial self hatred and colonialism. My friend is Americanized and like many of us, is slightly ashamed…

Allstate’s Abusive Use of The Black Male

“That’s Allstate’s stand. Are you in good hands?” We’ve all heard it. We’ve all seen the infamous Black guy. I’ve been reflecting on this image though. Why is a Black man the face of an insurance company? Not that one shouldn’t be, but since when has the image of a Black man represented safety and…

Dear People Tired of Slave Narratives

Dear People Tired of Slave Narratives, *Side Note: Let me say that I am only addressing the opinions of Black Americans.* I can appreciate your opinion. If you mean what I hope you do, I may even agree to a certain extent. With the remaking of the 1977 classic, Roots, the question, “How long are…

Steps to Being Woke in America

I highly recommend checking out the 60’s classic, Soul on Ice. The book holds several essays written by then prison inmate, Eldridge Cleaver. Later becoming an early and prominent member of the Black Panther Party, I knew his book was a must-read. I added it to my graduation list but happened to find it first in…

Keeping The Movement Alive Keeps Us Alive

I’ve heard countless complaints about demonstrations and protests, especially since the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Some call these outward expressions of distress, stemming from distrust surrounding community officials and “the system” as a whole, unnecessary. A friend of mine went as far to argue that ordinary Blacks don’t want anything to do…

Today’s House Negro

Rereading one of many Malcolm X speeches while on my way to Brooklyn, my memory was flooded with lines from what was once my favorite poem, “I, Too Sing America” written by the incredible Langston Hughes. I find my thoughts wander and race most freely when riding through the dark tunnels of the subway. With almost…

White-on-White Crime: The Epidemic Sweeping the Nation

The prevalence of White-on-White crime threaten communities across America. If Caucasians didn’t lead as the majority, concern may be raised about the future of the race itself. Such behavior has no clear beginning; their violence is recorded even in the earliest works of written history. With the hard cold facts of today, their violence holds no…