Black Encounters: 2012 Legacy Of Racial Inferiority In Education

This semester I ventured out of my African-American Studies department to a graduate college of education expecting to find an objective exploration of a proposed new educational reform addressing the black-white achievement gap. The prospect of a reform that considers … Continue reading

Romney’s Words, Society’s beliefs: Romney’s Secret Video Revisited

Since the end of the Democratic and GOP conventions, many have become more vocal in regards to their support or lack thereof of president Obama. Some supporters’ unquestioning loyalty to Obama was reaffirmed, ever hopeful that he will be the … Continue reading

Pyramids vs Birthday Song: Black Women in Mainstream Media

Sorry for bombarding you with so many images. But there’s a method to my madness which will become clear momentarily. Yesterday Frank Ocean dropped  the highly anticipated video for his enthralling single Pyramids. While watching the video I was struck … Continue reading

Azealia Banks And Nicki Minaj: Are They One In The Same?

We all know how the music industry operates. Those at the top monopolize all opportunities, making it hard for new up and coming artists to get a chance to breakthrough and shine. When it comes to female entertainers in the … Continue reading

Black Encounters: When The Sacred Becomes Mundane

When I moved to Harlem and started looking for a new church home, I expected there would be some variation from the black Southern Baptist worship experience I grew up knowing. But I was not prepared for the persistent presence … Continue reading

White Mothers, Black Babies

Charlize Theron has joined the list of celebrities who have decided that they would make astounding parents to children of African descent. Some argue that Theron’s ethnicity justifies her reasons for doing this. However, let’s not be blind to the ever … Continue reading

Black Encounters: What I Discovered At The West Indian Parade

Vibrant. Massive. Invigorating. These are three words that describe Brooklyn’s 45th annual West Indian Parade that takes place on labor day every year. A tradition that dates back to the colonial era, the West Indian Parade incorporates both African and … Continue reading

Nicki Minaj Endorses Romney: Warning to Barbs

Nicki Minaj revealed to the world, despite what many might assume, that she’s riding with Mitt Romney for the 2012 Presidential Election. During her verse on Lil Wayne’s cover of Mercy the artist proudly declares “I’m Republican voting for Mitt … Continue reading

Another Back Seat Death: Alesia Thomas Joins The List

It is funny when people tell me that racism doesn’t exist anymore. The times of enslavement, Jim Crow, KKK, and segregation are long gone. We live in an integrated society and are accepting of all people. I remember sitting in … Continue reading