Jay Z and Fat Joe have finally collaborated. The headline here for a lot of sites is that Jay addresses Lemonade on this remix. If you’re a fan of New York hip-hop though, the real headline is Jay and Fat Joe finally collaborating after an, at this point, decades long cold (or lukewarm) war. In […]Read more "Jay Z, Fat Joe and the Squashing of Beef"
But what exactly do so many have against her? This question drives much of David Brooks latest for the New York Times. He goes on to ask: I would begin my explanation with this question: Can you tell me what Hillary Clinton does for fun? I hate these kinds of pieces that attempt to […]Read more "It’s Not About Whether We ‘Like’ Hillary Clinton"
By now you’ve probably seen this video of these Swedish Police Officers breaking up an alleged fight between two black men on an NYC subway car. AJ+, the digital news channel of the Al Jazeera Media Network, posted it on its Facebook page late Thursday evening and as of the time I published this post, it’s […]Read more "About That Video Of Those Swedish Police Officers Breaking Up A Subway Fight"
On February 21, 1965 El Hajj Malik El Shabazz was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. Convicted of his murder were Talmadge Hayer (also known as Thomas Hagan, now known as Mujahid Halim) Norman 3X Butler (now known as Muhammad Abdul Aziz) and Thomas 15X Johnson (now known as Khalil Islam). I want to […]Read more "Our Own Black Shining Prince"
The most frustrating kind of mental gymnastics black people in America must commit themselves to mastering is the deft championing of what President Barack Obama has done to lift this nation from the depths of despair, while still being utterly disappointed with what he has done for Black America. This almost inexplicable conundrum is perhaps our history’s […]Read more "I Too Sing America: Barack Obama, The State Of The Union, And Black Folk"
Now that Kanye West’s My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy and Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom have both had the pristine shine of newness wear off, I think we can look back on both pieces to accurately judge their impact and what these works say about the artists who created them. On the surface, you couldn’t find two more […]Read more "Kanye West And Jonathan Franzen: A Beautiful, Dark, Twisted … Freedom"
It all started back in 96. I was sitting on the edge of my bed, rocking my young daughter to sleep – she was 9 months old at the time and would not stop crying. It seemed she was feeling the same hunger pangs I felt. After more than a decade running the streets, what I […]Read more "They Bleed Like Us"