Black Panther: a movie!

Black Panther is a movie about a comic book hero, entertaining, well -acted, action filled and awe inspiring. But like any other Disney or Hollywood production, in a nation built on the myth of White Supremacy and the reality of class division, it is also a propaganda vehicle, thus we have to guard ourselves against…

Valentines Day massacre: Guns kill

The day the US celebrates romantic love, ( Valentines) begins a season of reflection and introspection (Lent) recognizes a great human being and human rights icon (Frederick Douglass)  in the month reserved to acknowledge the contribution of Africans to the US, it was interrupted by a disturbed young man with a rifle. Nikolas Cruz’ murder…

Government shutdown: Don’t poor folks children count?

So the US Congress that has been practically throwing money at rich folks and their corporations, is shut down over a spending Bill? They have  given huge tax cuts to the ultra-rich and filthy, while handing billions to the defense industry,  but they have shut “their” government down because they cannot agree on  whether to…

Would Dr King be invited to speak at King Day celebrations?

If Martin King were alive today, he wouldn’t be allowed to speak at most of today’s venues. Maybe the 1963 “I have a Dream” King would be invited but few would want to hear the MLK who delivered the infamous antiwar, anti-racist, anti-capitalist speech at Riverside church titled, Vietnam and Beyond,” exactly a year before…

“Shit hole” controversy: Haiti and the hypocrisy of our moral outrage

Folks should save their outrage. President Donald Trump referring to Africans and Haitians as coming from “shit hole” countries is consistent with US policy, US attitudes and treatment of countries filled with People of Color in general and Black people in specific. Trump and the thousands who agree that Haiti is a shit hole, have…

Alabama vs Georgia; Major College Football is Pimping made easy

Watching the spectacle and dollars swirling around the College Football Championship was a reminder of the irony of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, (the $11 million dollar man) accusing sports agents of being pimps a few years ago. The fact is no one represents pimping more than Saban and the entire major college sports industrial…

Say Her Name: Women who showed us how to fight; Erica Garner

  Last year the system pushed and many simply gave ground, threw their hands up and walked away, but a few brave souls pushed back.  There were some who pushed back in ways that inspired us all to stand up and fight back, Erica Garner was one of those people. Erica’s heart was stopped at…

2017 A foretaste of what is to come

Last year wrought disasters of Biblical proportion. The disasters weren’t limited to natural disasters, but social, economic and political calamities as well.  These events gave us a peek into our future and revealed that failure of this society to change course will ultimately result in catastrophe. But like actors in a horror movie, we ignore…

The Christmas message: the bottom placed on top

Christmas tells an unlikely, unimaginable and for some unbelievable story. And in doing so the story of Jesus successfully turns custom, privilege and status on its head. In god’s eyes; the poor,the abused, the oppressed, have hegemony Hope entered into  the world as a curly (possibly)  nappy headed, dark skinned, poor, Jewish child, from a…