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ICYMI: Being a member of a racially-marginalized group doesn’t grant you carte blanche to don a culturally-inappropriate costume on October 31.

A woman shops for Halloween costumes in Hong Kong. Thank goodness, these costumes look to be culturally “safe. ” Far too many are not. Photo by Miguel Candela/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Well, it’s that time of year again and Halloween is days away. There have been countless lists of dos and don’ts that fall under offensive or flat-out racist Halloween…

ACROSS THE POND

October is BHM in Britain and the separation of Black history from British history only exacerbates racist narratives.

Stop holding your breath and close your mouth. Now please continue reading…Black History Month is a celebration that justifies the relegation of Black people’s presence along Britain’s Imperial and Colonial timelines to one month.

Viewing British history through a Black lens one month a year allows for the misrepresentation of…

Unpopular opinion or not; I’m at a loss over Colin Powell’s passing. Don’t @ me.

Gen. Colin Powell leaves behind a tremendous legacy even if I didn’t initially agree with all his politics.

Yesterday’s news about the passing of Colin Powell oddly hit me like a ton of bricks. I say odd because he’s an unlikely person who – over the years – I have developed a profound…

BLACK LIVES MATTER

All eyes are on Georgia as three White men face charges for felony murder and attempted false imprisonment.

People holding photos of George Floyd and Ahmaud Abery | Photo Credit | Getty Images

The story of Ahmaud Arbery’s death sits like a heavy rain cloud over the American conscious. And for Black people, it feels like the sky is falling all over again. After all, we’ve seen so many cases where justice is delayed and then categorically denied.

On February 23, 2020, 25-year-old…

Can you imagine going on vacation with your arch vaccine enemy? I can. We’d have a great time.

Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash

Please don’t come for me. I know this may be a triggering thought, but hear me out. I understand the tendency to roll your eyes, close your ears and walk away when…

ON POLITICS

Time to acknowledge the US complicitness in Haiti’s demise.

U.S. Border Patrol agents stop migrants crossing the Rio Grande River near the Del Rio-Acuna Port of Entry in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. U.S. officials plan to expel thousands of Haitian migrants that arrived at the small Texas city of Del Rio this week. Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

This week, horrific images of Haitian migrants being whipped by Texas Border Patrol agents went viral. For many Black people in the United States the images were beyond triggering. They were disgustingly reminiscent of a time –not too long ago — when the open abuse of Black people at the…

Economic instability, climate change, and White Christian fascism made a maelstrom

The Statue of Liberty is broken and nearly underwater in this creative artwork. Image: Getty Images

Twenty-eight years ago, famed science-fiction author Octavia Butler published her apocalyptically prescient bestselling novel Parable of the Sower, which illustrated what America would look like when climate change, economic instability, and a white Evangelical Christian fascist movement took hold and converged.

Sound familiar?

The eeriest part about this novel is…

Politics

Testimony from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot shows us exactly who we are

Capitol police officers testify about the Jan. 6 attacks. Photo: Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images

When multi-hyphenate performer Childish Gambino released his visual for “This Is America” in 2018, it sent shockwaves through the Twitterverse and beyond. Everyone was talking about its violence, its darkness, and its irrevocable honesty. The same can be said about the testimony of the four officers at the first hearing…

4 Ways to recover.

A couple sitting on a couch look at their laptop and are in shock at what is being shown. Picture: Getty Images

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…

BLACK SCHOLARSHIP MATTERS

How the activist-scholar stared down the belly of the beast

Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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…

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