The Case for HBO Insecure’s Lawrence: N__s Really Out Here Rooting for Issa

N__s is out here really hurt for Issa. And I’m not sure why.

Beware that the below is an assessment of the characters’ Issa (Issa Rae, no relation to LisaRaye) and Lawrence (Jay Ellis) from HBO’s phenomenal Insecure. Just to give you a brief background, she cheated. Issa cheated. And she cheated on a good Black man. The fact that she cheated isn’t a big deal. Women cheat every day. The fact that she cheated on a good Black man isn’t a big deal. Good Black men get cheated on a regular basis—more than an annual check up. This isn’t a big deal. However, the fact that Lawrence broke it off with Issa and sought physical “consolation” from supportive Chase Bank bae seems to have sparked a barrage of unnecessary thinkpieces and assessments pontificating that Lawrence isn’t that much of a catch let alone a good man. Here are reasons why Lawrence is a good mad and Issa still ain’t shit.

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Dear Colin Kaepernick, Stand Your Ass Up

Dear Colin Kaepernick Stand Your Ass Up

Dear Colin Kaepernick,

I recently watched a show called Queen Sugar on OWN, Oprah’s channel. Have you heard of it? It’s awesome! Anyway, there’s a character on that show that shows the complexity of activism in a modern world. Nova Bordelon, played by Rutina Wesley, is the eldest of her siblings and fits into all of the good and bad cliché’s of being the 1st born. She obdurately stands in her beliefs almost to a point of complete arrogance. Her main stance is getting her people “woke.” However, it appears that she’s more concerned about making a statement and making sure that she’s the one to make that statement. In the last episode, her homie/lover/friend Chantal (Reagan Gomez-Preston) started getting people “woke” without her involvement. She was visibly upset that her way of doing such wasn’t followed to the T. You see Nova was more concerned about making her statement rather than making effective change. This is my concern with this generation of activism. All statement. No Change.

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Whoever Told You That Promotion Comes From Above Is A LIE

Whoever told you that promotion comes from above is a LIE!!! Okay, I won’t say a lie…because my momma told me this. However, I do believe it is a crock of shit….okay, I won’t call it that. My mom is a sage matriarch. I have to take all of her advice seriously. But that doesn’t mean that I have to abide by it or agree with it. And I definitely don’t agree with her advice on how to get promoted.

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How I Was Almost Lena Dunham-ed

How I Was Almost Lena Dunham-ed

I was almost Lena Dunham-ed this weekend. If you don’t know who Lena Dunham is, Google “Lena Dunham and Odell Beckham.” Here’s my definition. Lena Dunham – (verb) when a white girl or someone else of privilege uses their white guilt to create a narrative for someone of lesser privilege. Used in a sentence: “Becky just tried to Lena Dunham me because I told her I never had hummus.”

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How The Comedy In Survivor’s Remorse Makes Me Think

How The Comedy In Survivor’s Remorse Makes Me Think

Thirty minute comedies often fall into two generic tropes—cheesy family-funny or slap-stick funny. And with Mike Epps as a part of the initial cast of Survivor’s Remorse, I was expecting either a “just another day in the life of Day Day” from Next Friday or a clumsy “I’m safe but not safe for the kids” Uncle Buck. Instead Mike Epps’ character, Uncle Julius, has been the catalyst for this season’s heaviest topics—like death.

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Why Third-Parties Never Work: A Case for Why Marc Lamont Is Wrong

Why Third-Parties Never Work: A Case for Why Marc Lamont Is Wrong

Current Black intellectuals tend to skew to the liberal side of things. From the ancient thoughts of Cornel West (tuh!) to the Millennial-enticing Ta-Nehisi Coates, Melissa Perris-Harry, Michelle Alexander and Marc Lamont Hill, these modern philosophers tend to skew far left compared to the general African American community. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because “centrist” intellectuals become doers ascending to the highest political position in the land while liberal/“progressive” intellectuals become commentators. (Shade intended.) But that’s another subject for another time. What I would like to focus on is Marc Lamont Hill’s plea for a third party to shock our current political landscape—or what is mistakenly characterized as a “political revolution.” Is a third party necessary? What will it take for this “political revolution” to succeed? There are several fallacies with this notion of a third-party revolution.

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What You Gone Do DNC???? – My Brief Review of the RNC

So, the RNC is doing what they normally do. Using religion, racism and homophia to scare people into voting for them. They pulled out all the typical phrases “we’re the party of Lincoln,” “we freed the slaves” and what not. Then there were the typical “I have a black friend” tokens—Sheriff David Clarke and some pastor. (File this pastor under the folder “False Prophets” next to Pat Robertson. The guy who prophe-lied and said God told him Mitt Romney would be president.) They even named Omarosa, the perpetual troll, the Director of “I have two black friends” Outreach or some other bullshit titular role. Too bad they didn’t pay attention to how the RNC put Allen Keyes and Michael Steele (one of the few reasonable Black Republicans) out to pasture. The only speeches worth listening to were from the co-founder of PayPal (he pulled their card) and believe it or not, Donald Trump‘s children. (I refuse to believe Donald Trump raised those children and not some nanny of color named Bula Mae or Maria Manuela Lopez. “There goes my African American.”)

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