Gratitude for Good Police Work

Quentin Lucas wants to thank the police.

I Came for My Tux…

Lou Lord on a rather awkward encounter at the dry cleaners where he sets the record straight on his Jamaican ancestors.

Compton Commodified: NWA Was Always A Blend of Fiction and Reality

The biopic Straight Outta Compton tells the story of rise and fall of Los Angeles rap group NWA.

I’m a Black Woman and I Don’t Want a Black Son

This may sound morbid. I fully understand and accept that this is not every woman’s reality, but it is my reality. It is the reality that I am reminded of when I watch news coverage of yet another rally to protest yet another killing of another black man.r

How Will I Know When I Am in a Body?

Nora Meiners writes as the white mother of a biracial son, reflecting on black male bodies and the perils that attend them.

essex, jordan, and the old black man

Luther Hughes draws together the writings of Essex Hemphill and a chance encounter on the subway to say something about love, sex, and the lives of “black boys.”

He Cries Alone: Black Men And PTSD

Whether they are veterans or victims of violence, black men are less likely to seek the help they need when they have post-traumatic stress disorder.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

J.R. Reynolds explains why rigorous self-examination is critical for growth.

The Lie Behind #All Lives Matter

When you say “All Lives Matter,” you’re saying racism doesn’t exist.

How I Explained Police Brutality to My Kids

Nicole Phyler Fisk’s husband is named Walter Scott, so when a man with the same name was murdered by police, she had a lot to explain to her child.

To The Lady Who Called My Toddler a ‘Thug’

“I knew he would inevitably face discrimination. What I didn’t realize was how early in my son’s life he would be stereotyped, labeled and feared.”

Black Girls Face Stricter School Disciplinary Actions Than Whites

A separate study found that darker skinned black girls were punished three times as often as fairer skinned girls.

Does Sony’s Fear Know No Bounds?

Matthew Rozsa is mad as hell that Sony pulled ‘The Interview.’ But he’s equally horrified by the company’s racist attitudes.

Reflecting On Hate, Politics, Elizabeth Lauten, And Asking What Happened

In light of Elizabeth Lauten’s recent comments on the attire of Sasha and Malia, Mark Boles asks where the hate and vitriol of her comments stem from.

3/5 a Person, Ferguson and the Banality of Racism

To overcome racism we need to overcome separation and ignorance. Familiarity, socializing, play and fun together breeds closeness, affection and care.

5 Challenges Black Gay Men Face & How You Can Support Them

Jarune Uwajaren on how to offset the lack of inclusion that gay, black men experience by acknowledging their challenges and understanding how to combat them.