All Topics

Category Archives: Featured Post

featured posts

Featured Post
[photo of santee]
By santee
All posts by santee »

Fire Challenge: Let’s Not Watch the Train Wreck Next Time

firechallengepsa

Every now and then you find your self blank when you’re attempting to write significant pieces on social issues. Sometimes it feels like every thing has been said and what is the point of adding one more opinion to the mass of opinions that are already out there. I preface this piece with that because […]

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Ekundayo Igeleke]
All posts by Ekundayo Igeleke »

Black August 2014

assatabar2007

Black August is a time of fasting, studying, reflecting, and discipline to honor our ancestors and people in the liberation struggle.  Black August originated in the slave house (prison) to honor our fallen Freedom Fighters, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden and sole survivor, Ruchell Magee.  Jonathan Jackson was killed outside the Marin […]

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Amari Rene]
All posts by Amari Rene »

Materialism: The Black Family’s Inheritance

10

I had a conversation with my cousin the other day and she said something that furthered triggered some feelings that I had been having.  We were talking about school shopping for her son and she stated how she now had to start buying clothes for her daughter, due to her father being incarcerated.  I asked […]

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Keev]
By Keev
All posts by Keev »

Homothugs, Hidden Hearts

The-Wire

This is an essay in response to Joël Barraquiel Tan’s piece Homothugdragsterism in which he describes the lives of “Homothugs.” It is sad and disheartening that we live in a world where in order to gain acceptance, one must put on a façade. Behind these imagined posteriors lies caged butterflies that are imprisoned by their own […]

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Summer M.]
All posts by Summer M. »

New World Water

I know it’s Meatless Monday and all, but I have half a mind to eat a double cheeseburger while rocking a fur coat or something. But that wouldn’t do anything but further clog my arteries, and make me especially hot during a remarkably mild summer day here in Chicago. It would do nothing to stop […]

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Keev]
By Keev
All posts by Keev »

When Black Isn’t Beautiful Enough

BIB

In today’s Hip-Hop landscape the more “different” you are the more “unique” you appear to be. The presence of quarter million dollar cars and “exotic” woman are pretty much standard fare in music videos, but to what degree is this formula for visual performances a deeper psychosis?

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Ekundayo Igeleke]
All posts by Ekundayo Igeleke »

Historical Reflection: Martin the Revolutionary?

malcolmxmartinluterking

Because of my frustration with the latest season of the Boondocks, I revisited the boondocks first season episode featuring Dr. King.  I have recently encountered many people who live a static life or believe that people do not change or if they change, they are “fake”.  I like to believe that life is fluid and […]

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Aaron]
By Aaron
All posts by Aaron »

America’s White Supremacy Problem

A year ago, when George Zimmerman was unjustly acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, I wanted to believe that this would be a moment that would wake the country up from its post-racial stupor. For me, as a black male, and for many other black people in this country, the injustice of this case […]

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of santee]
By santee
All posts by santee »

Chicago Violence: Our Problem, Our Solution

shootingpic

There are thousands of articles online at this point about the gun violence in Chicago and the larger issue of gun violence throughout this country. However as it relates to Chicago……there is so much to be said and done that one hardly knows where to start. We can talk about access to guns, a rigged […]

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Amari Rene]
All posts by Amari Rene »

Michael Jordan Is Not His Brother’s Keeper, So Why Are We Dying For His Sneakers

jordan

We have all seen and read the news stories of people being beaten, killed and the crazy mobs that happen over a pair of Jordans.  Now I am not going to sit here and pretend to be on high horse, because I appreciate a nice pair of J’s just like the next man.  But I […]

Read the rest