Last summer, Megan Thee Stallion named Tory Lanez as the man responsible for shooting her. Shooting an unarmed Black woman who was “trying to leave the vehicle” is shameful. However, what’s even more disturbing than this one-off incident is how Black men responded to it.
I can already hear the “not all Black men” roaring in the background. So, yes, let’s go there. Rick Ross provided a perfect example of what that support looks like. For some, calling Lanez out may have broken the bro code, but I’m glad Ross didn’t buy into that. As reported in Billboard:
The energy surrounding the collective is an extension of last week’s message, with the 6 of Cowrie reminding us that reciprocity is every damn thing! The medicine asks us to extend our wisdom and knowledge to our respected communities, but with that action comes the necessity of exploring the balance between service and protecting our energy. This week, part of your responsibility will be enforcing clear boundaries to ensure your needs are met and that you are prioritizing what’s most valuable to you — be it your time, finances, knowledge, resources or mental health.
My biggest challenge since stepping into…
Here’s how to cope after seeing something awful on camera.
Despite heightened awareness, Black Lives Matter, multiple marches, protests and even Derek Chauvin’s conviction, scores of Black people still died in the year after George Floyd’s death at the brutal hands of reckless, misguided police officers and other hate-motivated people.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations reports that anti-Black crimes continue to be the single largest category of hate crime incidents. …
“The rules don’t apply to me.”
That’s a direct quote from Malik Wright, the infamous star quarterback on The Game, a hit television sitcom that ran from 2006 to 2015 (first on The CW, then BET) about professional football players and their enablers. I’ve been recently binge-watching the show — because it’s set to return soon with new episodes — and I’ve noticed how much of the characters’ toxic behavior mirrors what’s happening in real life.
Fame, fortune, and toxic masculinity are indeed an intoxicating mix, and in the wrong hands, they combine into a situation where some people believe…
Right now, Nikole Hannah-Jones deserves a round of applause. Whether you love her or hate her, it’s time to admit she won the culture war. While conservatives started the conflict, she ended it with poise. So, how did Hannah-Jones stare into the belly of the beast and come out triumphant? Let’s unpack this.
Ever since becoming the lead contributor for the New York Times’ 1619 Project, Hannah-Jones’ journalism has taken center stage, winning her the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. Before this, she received the MacArthur Fellowship in 2017, also known as the “Genius Grant.” …
It gives me no pleasure to make this admission. In fact, it is with great sadness that I share this with you. If put on the witness stand to testify, as I most surely expect that I would be, just like Lieutenant Colonel Markinson in “A Few Good Men,” I would say: I don’t want a deal and I don’t want immunity. I want you to know that I am proud neither of what I have done nor of what I am doing.
Like most kids, I feel like my mom is the best cook of every type of food…
Mark your calendar and get ready — July 24th is National Tequila Day!
I’d love to know how you feel about this potent agave-based spirit — I get a polarizing response when I ask people about it. Perhaps for you, tequila brings up fond memories of margaritas enjoyed during a sunny vacation. For me, for too many years, the very thought of tequila brought unpleasant memories to mind. Blame it on too many collegiate nights of pungent tequila shots rimmed with salt, conversations about “the worm” and whether or not to eat it if one were to be discovered, all…
Author Kevin Simmonds pens an ode of poetry and prose to the operatic grand dame.
“What struck me most was her fleeting comment about ‘the monster that I am today.’”
I first saw her in a 1984 United Negro College Fund commercial. Instead of Black educational promise portrayed through the familiar visuals of a young Black actor and his respectable, hard-working parents―reliably fortified by the voiceovers of James Earl Jones, Adolph Caesar or Ossie Davis―there she was
her face & chest / low-lit / black gown /
square-necked & sequined / sleeves / of beaded fringe
I just about burst…
Ever since I’ve made the Olympic team I’ve had multiple interviews with various magazines, news stations, etc. Eventually, they all come around to the same question.
Interviewers Everywhere: “So, Black person in America, how does it feel to be representing the United States in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics?”
Me, a black person: *Stares as a million thoughts rush through my mind about social injustice, racism, and representing a country where a portion of the people still wants to see me hanged*
Interviewers Everywhere: *Smiles with excitement*
What DOES it mean to me to represent the “great” country of America? The…
When I pulled Knowledge this week, I was immediately directed to the pursuit of childhood curiosity. As a part of my inner child healing, I’m continuing to be led by my natural curiosity, the part of me that investigates first and trusts late. Spirit encourages you to do the same this week by falling into an inquisitive state of being. Be led by a new world of information and knowledge; new books await to inspire your next artistic creations, healing journeys, and academic careers.
With so much to learn and be brought into perspective, we can learn from anyone to…
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