A Black Person’s Guide To Fighting Trump

A Black Person’s Guide To Fighting Trump

Say it with me, Donald Trump is our next president. Give yourself five seconds to digest and accept that. Now, I know, your immediate reaction was to run for the Canadian border. But that’s not the right move. Really, how many woes (whoadies if you’re from New Orleans) are there really chillin’ in the 6? Not many. Plus, Canada has it’s on checkered past when it comes to equality.

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Why Boyz II Men’s ‘Let It Snow’ Is the Worst Christmas Song Ever

Christmas music is like eggnog. The thought of slowly cooking egg yolks, milk and sugar may sound noxious, but bring me some warm, salmonella-infested milk and figgy pudding (whatever the heck that is), and my Christmas spirit is high. Yet, listening to the tritest Christmas song on the radio ad nauseam is bound to turn any Santa into a Scrooge.

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Why Black Barbershops Ain’t Shit

Why Black Barbershops Ain't Shit

The concept of the black barbershop being the center of black male-bonding is a popular mantra within black culture. This phenomenon has been captured through pop culture through the Barbershop movie series and even news segments where news anchors frivolously try to understand Black folk within a 5-minute segment. You want to know what’s happening in the world of sports? Go to the barbershop. Want unfiltered, unnecessary relationship advice from the male Inyanla Vanzant perspective? Go to the barbershop. Want to see Marvel’s Black Panther movie, even though it’s not slated to be released until 2018? Go to the barbershop. However, I’m here to tell you…the black barbershop ain’t shit.

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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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