Ahmaud Arbery and the Legacy of Inaction, Injustice and Tragedy Porn for Black People

So, the past week has been interesting. I say interesting because everything that's been happening should have already happened on or immediately after February 23, 2020. That's the day Ahmaud Arbery was murdered while taking a jog in Georgia. But it was only this week that his murderers, father and son Gabriel and Travis McMichael, …

In the Age of the ‘Rona It’s Mask or Die: But If You’re a Black Man, Apparently It’s Complicated

I was out for one of the two walks I’d take yesterday when I saw an older black man get extremely startled. He was edging his lawn and didn’t see a woman walking behind him in the street until she was quite close. Not too close, mind, but he jumped so hard, I was startled, …

Facebook Is Being Irresponsible with Its Stance on Political Advertising

I usually shy away from blogging about politics – it’s too inflammatory, even for me LOL – but hear me out here because I’m not advocating for Democrat or Republican. Nor am I pushing for a particular candidate in the upcoming presidential election. My gripe this fine Friday is with Facebook’s decision to not fact …

Alma Har’el’s ‘Free the Work’​ Makes It Easy to Find Diverse Talent in the Entertainment Industry

So, filmmaker Alma Har’el has created a new tool to promote diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. Free the Work is a searchable database for women and minority creatives, or what she calls “a sexy version of Spotify meets IMDb.” I like it for two reasons. One, it puts the onus firmly where it belongs – directly …

Another Small Ode to the Late Toni Morrison, and the Importance of Word Choice When Blogging

I had de ja vuh like for real this week. But it was nothing new, nothing unfamiliar. Sadly, this won’t be the last time someone says something stupid to me about something race-related. I apologize in advance if that word stupid seems harsh, but it’s getting boring, you know? Well, I guess you don’t know, …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Code Switched – It’s Not the End of the World

So, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) got some heat – shocker – for allegedly using a southern, “Black”-tinged drawl while speaking at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network event last week. Atlantic Editor John McWhorter wrote an interesting piecedefending AOC, saying that she slipped into a pattern of speech that is likely entirely natural given her upbringing in close proximity …