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The Complexity of Not Calling the Police While Black The Complexity of Not Calling the Police While Black

The news has lately been inundated with examples of white folks (and even some nonwhite folks) doing the ultimate white-folkin’ of calling the police for no reason on black folks who were doing nothing but existing and living their everyday lives.

10 Things That Confuse Me About Kenny G’s Colonization of My Musical World 10 Things That Confuse Me About Kenny G’s Colonization of My Musical World

For some odd reason that I cannot quite understand, I grew up listening to a very (un)healthy amount of Kenny G. The track “Songbird”—you know the one—could be heard on any given day throughout my home as a kid. For the life of me, I do not understand why this was the case. Turns out that I was not alone. The…

At What Age Did You First See Coming to America? At What Age Did You First See Coming to America?

I have three chirrens. They are ages 9, 3 and 2. At this point, because children are sponges and shit, I am very careful about what I watch and listen to in front of them. The last thing I need is to have my kids absorb some super-profane content and then repeat it. I already accidentally talked my 2-year-old into…

Jimmy Jam’s Episodes of Questlove Supreme Might Be the Greatest Episodes of Anything That Ever Existed  Jimmy Jam’s Episodes of Questlove Supreme Might Be the Greatest Episodes of Anything That Ever Existed 

I can be prone to hyperbole. I can see proof of it in my daughter, who has adopted my penchant for saying, “This is my favorite song ever” for nearly every song she hears that she likes. We don’t do things small in the My-Last-Name-Isn’t-Really-Jackson household.

Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike (aka RBRM) Is the Lemonade We Get From New Edition’s Lemons Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike (aka RBRM) Is the Lemonade We Get From New Edition’s Lemons

The Temptations are one of my favorite groups of all time. But I have to caveat that: The version of the Temptations that features the “Death Lineup” (no pun intended, seriously) of David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams is my favorite. Even though that lineup is my favorite,…

This Mother’s Day Will Be Different  This Mother’s Day Will Be Different 

Editor’s note: It’s very important for me to mention that I have two mothers. I was largely raised by my black mother, but my white mother was ever present in my life and obviously had a significant hand in shaping who I am as a person. God saw fit to gift me with two mothers to help shape me into the person that I…

This Is America: Save a White Drug Addict, Jail a Black One This Is America: Save a White Drug Addict, Jail a Black One

Much has been said of the government responses to the opioid epidemic—specifically that it is leniently and sympathetically called an epidemic (I agree with that assessment), with sights set on healing and treatment. While necessary to combat the issue, the sympathy with which our nation views the current drug…

The Fugees’ ‘Killing Me Softly’ Is Overrated and the Least Awesome Song on The Score. Fight Me, Bro The Fugees’ ‘Killing Me Softly’ Is Overrated and the Least Awesome Song on The Score. Fight Me, Bro

I was recently hipped to Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s (the Roots) Questlove Supreme podcast on Pandora. I can’t believe I’ve never listened to it before, but now that I’ve found love, what am I going to do with it? I’m going to binge the fuck out of this podcast and treat every day like Christmas.

Black Life, White Wife and the Art Caught in the Middle Black Life, White Wife and the Art Caught in the Middle

Over the weekend, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, dropped a video for a new song called “This Is America.” You are reading this, which means there’s a better than 90 percent chance that you’ve both seen the video and had a discussion about it already. Probably several.

I Now Have Both TSA Precheck and Clear, and I Can Never Stand in Line With You People Again I Now Have Both TSA Precheck and Clear, and I Can Never Stand in Line With You People Again

A few weeks back, I was heading to Huntsville, Ala., to attend a track meet for my nephew (which ended up getting rained out). I had a 6:45 a.m. flight out of Washington, D.C.’s Ronald Reagan National Airport—or, as locals call it, National. I got there in plenty of time, but it matters not, because I’m armed with TSA…

Wale Thinks Being Dark-Skinned and African Held Him Back in Hip-Hop, but He’s a Successful Rapper. What Gives? Wale Thinks Being Dark-Skinned and African Held Him Back in Hip-Hop, but He’s a Successful Rapper. What Gives?

I’m not Wale’s biggest fan, but the man can make a hit song. He has several of them. If you listened to the radio at all in 2011, you heard “Lotus Flower Bomb” multiple times a day. His verse on Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands”? Stellar. I still know it word for word. He’s got hit albums, hit songs and critically…

Detroit Music Station ‘Mutes’ Kanye West but Doesn’t Know if It’ll Mute Chris Brown and R. Kelly. SMH Detroit Music Station ‘Mutes’ Kanye West but Doesn’t Know if It’ll Mute Chris Brown and R. Kelly. SMH

Ever since T.I. rapped “you had a bad idea and you makin’ it worse” on his and Kanye’s “Ye vs. the People,” I’ve found ways to apply that statement to so many facets of life. It was so apt and simple and profound that it really encapsulates everything going on in the world of Kanye West right now.

10 R&B Slow Jams That Bang in the Whip 10 R&B Slow Jams That Bang in the Whip

I’m a child of the ’90s, which means that I grew up on R&B that wasn’t rappers harmonizing or singers talking with melody from their souls. Not that I don’t enjoy that; to the contrary, I love it all. But there was nothing like an actual solid slow jam.

Disagreement Is Fine. But Unpopular Opinions Do Come With Consequences Disagreement Is Fine. But Unpopular Opinions Do Come With Consequences

There’s this odd confusion that exists among people with “unpopular opinions.” They believe that people aren’t allowing them the freedom of their thoughts and that if others disagree with them, vehemently, then they are being persecuted for exercising their right to free speech. This is, of course, not true.

I Seem to Have Developed Seasonal Allergies as an Adult. I Can’t Breathe Right Now. This Is Trash I Seem to Have Developed Seasonal Allergies as an Adult. I Can’t Breathe Right Now. This Is Trash

Allergy season is upon us and it is the worst of times. People with allergies are buying up all of the stuffs in hopes of temporary relief from Mother Nature’s fury. I come from a family full of folks with allergies. My sisters, nieces and nephews, and even my dad are all afflicted with the allergies.

Kanye Has Gone Full Kanye and You Never Go Full Kanye Kanye Has Gone Full Kanye and You Never Go Full Kanye

I watched his interview with Charlamagne tha God. The whole thing. Though it was recorded just a few weeks ago, we’re in a world with a whole different Kanye West. We’re in the world with “Make America great again” Kanye. Despite the fact that Kanye is parroting the philosophy of free minds and thought, he is the star…

Bill Cosby’s Legacy Is Now Shit. Throw That Baby Out With the Bathwater Bill Cosby’s Legacy Is Now Shit. Throw That Baby Out With the Bathwater

You know what conversation is confusing? This one: Bill Cosby has now been convicted of doing exactly what he said he did—please go read the deposition again—and there is a legion of people who want to make sure that we still acknowledge that Cosby has done a lot for the black community. I don’t know how else to say…

‘You Had a Bad Idea and You Making It Worse’: 10 Thoughts About Kanye and T.I.’s ‘Ye vs. the People’ ‘You Had a Bad Idea and You Making It Worse’: 10 Thoughts About Kanye and T.I.’s ‘Ye vs. the People’

Over the weekend, Kanye “‘MAGA’ Hat” West dropped a song called “Ye vs. the People” (starring T.I. as “the People”). I’ve listened to it several times at this point. I believe the old black griots in the community would refer to what’s happening here as “This n-word has lost his damn mind.” Here are some thoughts.

Bill Cosby Wasn’t ‘Publicly Lynched’; He Hanged Himself Bill Cosby Wasn’t ‘Publicly Lynched’; He Hanged Himself

Just hours after Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, his publicists were busy making the media rounds. Publicist Andrew Wyatt called his recent guilty verdict a “public lynching,” and publicist Ebonee Benson invoked the story of Emmett Till—whose accuser, Carolyn Bryant Donham,…

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