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

A Critique of Beyonce’s Formation

Originally published here. *** Dear Beyoncé, Katrina is not your story. By Maris Jones Yesterday, a friend of mine watched your new music video “Formation.” He—a card carrying member of the BeyHive—was so excited that the video was set in New Orleans, that he shot me a text: “Watch now! My queen is killing it in your hometown!!!”   So, of course, I clicked. What … Continue reading A Critique of Beyonce’s Formation

Anthills of the Savannah

The following piece is based on my reading of the first chapter of “Anthills of the Savannah,” a satirical book that the Pan African Chinua Achebe wrote and published in the 1980s, inspired by events in his homeland. The Washington Post praised the book: “Achebe has written a story that sidesteps both ideologies of the African experience and political agendas, in order to lead us … Continue reading Anthills of the Savannah

The Whisper

Smash the brick wall Exit the ghost town The concrete jungle Blue square Uneven lines Dull canvas Spiral thoughts Forget about it Drive away, my son Down the rabbit hole Up the hill of the rising sun Go on, my little one My prayer shall protect you Providence shall guide you And love shall find you The beautiful whisper Of my mother’s blessing Always there … Continue reading The Whisper