Black Women’s Lives Matter

Although the mantra ‘Black Lives Matter’ was developed by black women, I often worry that in the collective consciousness it carries with it an implicit masculine association, one that renders subordinate or even invisible the very real suffering of black women, one that assigns to these women a role of supporter and soother and withoutContinue reading “Black Women’s Lives Matter”

Charleston Church Shooting

“My God! We aren’t even safe at church,” Anonymous black woman after the 16th Street Church Bombing; 1963-2015. The “clean-shaven white man about 21 years old who was wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and Timberland boots” who opened fire yesterday at Emanuel A.M.E. Church on June 17 marks a return to the past violenceContinue reading “Charleston Church Shooting”

“When Sorrows Come” Spelman College Symposium

If you’re in the Atlanta area this weekend, here’s an event you don’t want to miss: The text reads as follows: 50 years since the day Malcolm X was assassinated, Spelman College will host a symposium addressing the contemptuous and deadly disregard for black life evident across the social, political, and cultural landscape in theContinue reading ““When Sorrows Come” Spelman College Symposium”

Are You Kidding Me?

Jennifer Schuessler, a movie reviewer for The New York Times, might consider reading Janet Maslin’s review of Ravi Howard’s latest novel, Driving the King, for its effectiveness in offering a close reading with keen understanding of the subject matter. Schuessler’s review of Selma addresses the grievances of some historians and those who worked closely with formerContinue reading “Are You Kidding Me?”

Officer Panteleo and the Afterlife of Wrestle-mania

When 29 year-old Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo used a banned chokehold maneuver that would kill Eric Garner, it was all good ’cause the Officer perceived himself as using a “wrestling move.” Officer Pantaleo didn’t “mean” to kill Garner, he was just trying to arrest the man for the horrendous crime of selling individual cigarettes. AsContinue reading “Officer Panteleo and the Afterlife of Wrestle-mania”