Harlem Protest – A Reflection 

​​​​​​The following is my random thought, sort of like a diary entry, or perhaps just a rant — so be forewarned, ladies and gentlemen. Last night was one of those rare moments that allow you to publicly give your middle finger to the law enforcement, assuming you live in a country where your constitutional rights to a peaceful protest are respected. Hearing people say “fuck … Continue reading Harlem Protest – A Reflection 

“Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee!”

RIP Muhammad Ali, the Greatest of all time. Though Ali’s 74 years of purposeful existence has come to an end, he will always be remembered for his determination to leverage his boxing fame for social justice and peace. Muhammad Ali opposed the Vietnam War and refused military service, choosing imprisonment (the stripping of his championship title and boxing license for three years) in the 1960s. … Continue reading “Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee!”

“I don’t believe in coincidence”

“I believe there is a reason why we have met, why we are talking right now. I don’t believe in coincidence.” That was a parting comment that came way after I hesitated to respond to a smalltalk. Generally, I am not a smalltalk fan, especially with random people unless of course I am equally interested. Smalltalk can be as annoying as a mosquito buzz. Imagine … Continue reading “I don’t believe in coincidence”

When Women’s History Month Meets The Adwa Victory

When women’s history month meets Ethiopia’s historical victory over Italy’s colonial ambitions, Empress Taytu comes to mind, the woman who agitated Emperor Menelik II to act, and led her people to defeat Italian forces on March 01, 1896. This African victory over European aggression was not only significant for Ethiopia, but was also empowering for people of color across the world (without excluding the fact … Continue reading When Women’s History Month Meets The Adwa Victory

Malcolm X: “Black America’s Unofficial Prime Minister”

February 21, 1965. Malcolm X’s bloody assassination in New York City. The following piece is originally published here. *** Malcolm X Was More Than MLK’s Alter Ego BY: PENIEL E. JOSEPH His memory remains contested and debated, as witnessed by the recent controversies over his depiction in rapper Nicki Minaj’s cover art and a Queens, N.Y., public school teacher forbidding students to write about him during Black History Month … Continue reading Malcolm X: “Black America’s Unofficial Prime Minister”

Angela Davis Speaks: Freedom Is A Constant Struggle

An outspoken political activist, scholar and author, Angela Davis recently spoke to Ebony.com, an online magazine that focuses on African American lifestyle, political and social issues. She discussed the history of black resistance in the United States and what the past struggles mean to contemporary activists (those in the Black Lives Matter movement) who fight against similar injustice that her generation and the generation before … Continue reading Angela Davis Speaks: Freedom Is A Constant Struggle

What would your definition of love be?

“May you experience love that stands the test of time.” Originally posted here. *** My definition of love By Richard Branson “Your very own definition of love and great relationship would be…?” Had you asked me what I thought love was when I was younger, I would have told you it was an overwhelming emotion that grips and squeezes your heart till it sings with … Continue reading What would your definition of love be?

The Trump Slogan: “Make America White Again”

Originally posted here. *** Donald Trump, the Most Dangerous Face in the Republican Crowd By Sasha Abramsky …What happens when a narcissist is unleashed by the mass media and becomes convinced that his media persona is actually both capable and deserving of ruling the world? [Elia Kazan’s 1957 movie “A Face in the Crowd”] warned of the dangers. Today, nearly sixty years later, [the movie’s … Continue reading The Trump Slogan: “Make America White Again”

In Defense of Beyoncé’s Black Panther Tribute

“It really doesn’t matter if you think Beyoncé is a revolutionary or a canny marketer or a capitalist in Panther clothing. What matters is that a cry of resistance rose up inside the [Super Bowl 50] castle…. The right-wing backlash to her Super Bowl performance only proves how important it was.” Originally posted here. *** In Defense of Beyoncé’s Black Panther Tribute at the Super Bowl By Dave … Continue reading In Defense of Beyoncé’s Black Panther Tribute