WHERE PROGRESSIVE PATRIOTS DO POLITICS & POP-CULTURE THE RIGHT WAY: HARDCORE- NO APOLOGY, NO COMPROMISE
More than 1,700 people were granted clemency during the Obama presidency. A Nation of Second Chances tells their stories in words and images, from the hardships of imprisonment to their attempts to rebuild their lives. via Nation of Second Chances — Discover
This picture is worth WAY more than a thousand words. This image illustrates the fundamental reason why guns are here to stay as a centralized feature of American society and popular culture. Guns are SEXY. Guns are powerful. Guns evoke titillating emotion. That makes guns a very easy sale and everything in America is about... Continue Reading →
One of the greatest song writers of our time is Lionel Richie. If you are a Gen Xer, you know his music almost too well because "Night Trax" fell in love with a few of his songs back in the 80's and was determined that they would make us love them too. "All Night Long",... Continue Reading →
I have been having this argument with people who should know better for more than 2 years now. And I am as right today as I was back when it started. Whenever a Democratic voter or a progressive tells me that America is "just not ready" for a woman to be elected President I take... Continue Reading →
Does a lion do ANYTHING in a passive or tentative fashion? Or does it just know what it is supposed to do and do it without pause or doubt? Likewise, who knows better than you what you want or need? You can't outsource knowledge of self to anybody else. Because you know yourself like nobody... Continue Reading →
Somebody please answer this question for me: How exactly do you appeal to the "white working class voter"? Does that voter have different interests that are attached specifically to the melanin in their skin? What does the "white working class voter" want that the black or brown working class voter doesn't want? The next time... Continue Reading →
America loves it's "Jennifers" and I'm cool with that. I don't begrudge Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Garner or even Jennifer Lopez the wealth and fame that comes along with being in the official class of "America's Sweethearts." These ladies all have their value and all of them - through no fault of their own... Continue Reading →
We have to learn how to disagree in the 2018 season of American Politics. We suck at it right now and its really a problem. If we don't solve it soon we are done for. We will be so distracted by trifling matters and bullshit narratives that we won't notice when the only thing America... Continue Reading →
In Quinten Tarantino's seminal smash hit film Pulp Fiction there's a harrowing and bizarre scene where two men from very different backgrounds find themselves bound together in a most confusing and vulnerable circumstance. "Butch", a white boxer from Tennessee (played by Bruce Willis) and "Marsellus", a black crime boss from L.A. (played by Ving Rhames)... Continue Reading →
I am a black man. More than that, I am a black man who has a clear understanding of what that identity means for me. And one of the things that being a black man means for me is leaving other black men to decide what being a black man means to them without burdening... Continue Reading →
Who would have thought that the 800 lb gorilla in the room on the gun control debate would be a scrawny, baby-faced teenager who has yet to graduate high school? I was skeptical when Time magazine ran a cover story a few years back about how the "Me Me Me Generation" would eventually save us... Continue Reading →
On her way off the national stage I want Hope Hicks to know just how much I appreciate her. In the midst of all of the corruption and brazenness that has defined the man she followed and served for his entire campaign to the White House Hope confirmed some crucial information for us. Trump's inner... Continue Reading →
My lofty regard for Eugene Robinson is very well known to folks that know me personally and to folks that read me with any regularity. For my money, he's the best we've got in terms of media pundits who are also bona-fide heavy-weight journalists. Eugene doesn't shill for anybody, is fair to everybody, and knows... Continue Reading →
Hey Atlanta! I’ve missed chatting with you guys & sharing what’s on my mind. My quote for today: The best way to multiply your happiness Continue Reading via Cocktail Social: Crown Royal Red Snapper — Peace Up ATL!
I live in Atlanta and am a lifelong football fan. So I will never forget how the Atlanta Falcons blew the biggest lead in Super Bowl Hostory about a year ago. And I've voted Democrat in every general election since I started voting in 1992 so the Clinton collapse will always be a searing memory... Continue Reading →
Forgive me, my friends. I don't have it in me to be fired up about what is going on in our crazy political world today. On this particular day, I can't think clearly about what it will take for people of good conscience to right the wrongs that are robbing us of the kind of... Continue Reading →
People Need Help Coping Sometimes- And That Includes Black People. Enjoy This Terrific Piece on Mental Health Issues And Overcoming The Old Stigma Of Therapy.
*I was inspired by a part in the interview I did with Anna from Respychl about mental health. My interview is part of a series on her blog, please check it out!
When I was in the 11th grade, my father told me that during his meeting with the school principals, they suggested I see a counselor. My father refused. He said I didn’t need to speak to anyone about my problems because I am African, and Africans don’t get depressed. Africans don’t get depressed because, despite a post-colonial history of poverty and war, Africans manage to find happiness at the end of the day, my father said.
I was a little upset; it was a new school, and I didn’t know what to make of how I was feeling. I didn’t know much about depression but I did think I had experienced it as a 13-year-old angry little girl…
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Donald Trump is without a doubt The Master of Distraction. His latest head-fake, "made you look" move is his narrative construction that places blame for his Russian conspiracy crisis in the lap of former President Barack Obama. And as you might expect, the conservative echo-chamber is savoring it and swallowing it down like Stormy Daniels... Continue Reading →
The details of what Russia did to the American political landscape in the 2016 election cycle is now a matter of record. It is not speculation, a matter of opinion, or a cleverly constructed hoax. It's real. They used our American invented social media platforms to flood our public square with exaggerations, distortions and outright... Continue Reading →
History has a way of distilling truths down to their bare essence over time- no matter how complex the issues may have seemed as they unfolded. In any case you can imagine there is a fair and objective judgment of those participating in historically significant events and living during trying times. The judgment is simply... Continue Reading →
I can make this announcement with great certainty and confidence because I saw it with my own eyes: Black Panther brought Americans together this weekend. When America really needed a super-hero to step in and save us from ourselves - and Vladimir Putin -the Black Panther was there. And he kicked ass. Normally this sentiment... Continue Reading →