Meghan Markle, the Media and Our Vanishing Rights to Privacy, Decency and Giving Birth Without Photo Shoots

Several things happened this week that have me thinking our perspective on the power of the media is skewed. It’s real, no doubt, but we’re missing something really basic. That might sound strange coming from a member of the media. But I like to think of myself as a different kind of journalist in that, …

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 …

When It Comes to a Woman’s Money, What’s with the Punishment Slap on the Wrist?

It seems like every other day some media or tech company is settling a lawsuit. Discrimination this, monopoly that, to the tune of millions of dollars. But I’ve noticed a pattern. When the suit involves women and minorities vs. say, a company, the restitution is considerably smaller. Take Vice Media, for instance. The company has …

Kamala D. Harris and the Powerful Black Woman’s Dilemma

So, the candidates for the 2020 presidential election are out, and the mudslinging and excessively intrusive background investigating has begun with a vengeance. What struck me this week? The narrative on Kamala D. Harris as a gold digger because she dated a married man – get this – 20 years ago. Now, for the record, …

People Really Need to Shut Up about R. Kelly

R. Kelly has everyone bugging. Or should I say, that Lifetime special about "Surviving R. Kelly" has everyone bugging. It’s pathetic, disgusting and miserably sad that it took a TV documentary to produce a decent amount of outrage for his actions. That creature’s crimes against women aren’t new. They’re literally decades old. One of those tongue …

Silence, Armchair Activism, and Award Shows: Why More Men Should Speak Out

There’s a certain amount of arrogance in choosing to remain silent. There's also resolve. You could throw in some privilege, a hint of the spoiled, disgruntled and the rock solid certainty that what has gone before absolutely does not definite what is or what will be. I’m talking about myself here. But I’m also talking …

That Thing with Alice Walker? It’s Icke-y, but Let’s Keep Some Perspective

So, Alice Walker is in the news this week, and not for penning her next pro-black, pro-female tome against oppression. In The New York Times Book Review Sunday, she endorsed “And the Truth Shall Set You Free,”a book by British conspiracy theorist David Icke. Now, everyone is going nuts. Many critics say that Icke’s book positions Jews …