Black History Month: Is the Black Power Movement dead?

The year I was born (in Northern California), the Black Panther Party had not yet disbanded and Huey Percy Newton was still its Oakland-based leader. Looking back now, I'm able to recognize the impact the revolutionary group had on my childhood environment. I went to schools that served free and reduced-cost meals thanks to the … Continue reading Black History Month: Is the Black Power Movement dead?

Black History Month: Why does Jussie Smollett have us collectively and thoroughly peeved?

As of today, this Jussie Smollett business has officially gone on for an entire month. To recap, on January 22nd, Smollett allegedly received a MAGA-sponsored death threat.  Then a week later, he was allegedly attacked. Over the next few days, folks like Kamala Harris, Bobby Rush and Ellen DeGeneres weighed in with commentary and support … Continue reading Black History Month: Why does Jussie Smollett have us collectively and thoroughly peeved?

Black History Month: How did we come to adopt STEPPING?

Though I ultimately received my undergraduate degree from a university in California, I watched A Different World and wanted desperately to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The idea of going to a school where each teacher and fellow classmate  understood my unique experience thrilled me to no end. I constantly fantasized about … Continue reading Black History Month: How did we come to adopt STEPPING?