On Thursday, January 3rd the 6 episode docu-series “Surviving R Kelly” aired on Lifetime, chronicling the embattled singer’s history of sexual abuse, particularly against underaged black girls. The day after, the internet is ablaze with disgust and shame toward the self-proclaimed “Pied Piper of R&B”, with declarations to never support or listen to Kelly’s music again. What took so long? I grew up listening to the over-sexualized lyrics by R Kelly at the … Continue reading R Kelly and Our Failure to Protect Black Girls
We need to talk, ya’ll. I personally know 3 people who have taken their lives in as many months. All under the age of 40. In my 35 years of life I can recall maybe 1 suicide among my peers and now I’m averaging 1 a month. This is not normal. Not to mention the … Continue reading 1-800-273-8255
I have a lot of keys. Keys to my Chicago home. Keys to my Houston home. Keys to my church. Keys that I can’t even remember what they unlock. For me keys are important enough that I keep them on different rings to separate them by their purpose, but insignificant enough that I often lose … Continue reading The Right of Return
2 months since Marvel Studios’ release of Black Panther and it is now the second-biggest superhero movie in terms of tickets sold, lagging only behind the movie Avengers – its parent project. The critically acclaimed film has won the hearts of a diverse swath of moviegoers of all backgrounds, but it’s no secret that Black … Continue reading Wakanda, Women, and the Black Church
Oprah could run for President of the United States and win. I don’t have any doubts about that. That doesn’t mean she should. Here’s why: I believe that there are 5 circles of influence where individuals wield real world changing power: 1. Hollywood 2. Silicon Valley 3. Washington DC 4. The Church 5. The Bank … Continue reading Oprah 2020?
The annual BET (Black Entertainment Telivision) Hip Hop Awards aired this week, featuring Hip Hop’s biggest stars and awarding them for their dominance in the rap game over the last 12 months. The BET Hip Hop Awards are like no other in that it not only features live performances during the broadcast, but also … Continue reading Eminem Isn’t the 1st Rapper to Slander Trump, He’s Just the 1st to Do it While White