Thugs Wear Suits and Ties, Too

Two days ago, a video made by black male students at Illnois’ Central and Centennial High School titled “Suit and Tie in the 217” was brought to my attention. Its purpose, was to “combat the negative stereotypes of young black men in America by dressing in suits and ties.” Several overlays on the video made statements like “we’re not gangsters and thugs...we are employees and volunteers...we are scholars...we are athletes.” The video was created for Black History Month and used show Read more [...]

Writing Is Hard Work

As I lazily rolled out of bed this morning in a slightly dazed and confused mental state, I picked up my phone to look at the date of my last post. March 12th. Almost three weeks ago. Disgusted, a familiar and annoying voice from inside begins to speak. Every morning I wake up, I have the same thought. “Am I going to be able to write anything today?” More often than not, the answer is, “I hope so.” Being a writer is one part writing and three parts “you need to go the computer so you can Read more [...]

Black Students At Harvard and UCLA Speak Out On Diversity Issues

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve read about two different issues within the black community regarding diversity in higher education. At UCLA Law, the students made a video discussing it in their classrooms. The students talked about feelings of isolation amongst a sea of white faces, being ignored by the faculty, and feeling like they are representatives for all negros in America when discussing racial issues in class. I came across a similar situation in the #ITooAmHarvard movement, which is Read more [...]

[EBONY] Freedom of Speech Does Not Mean Freedom From Consequences

The biggest spot I've had in my writing career to date. I found out one of the editors was following me on Twitter and I followed them back. After awhile, I finally got the courage to pitch them an idea based on a conversation I saw on Twitter. That pitch was rejected. After being rejected, the editor encouraged me to pitch them again, but gave me some sound advice about the proper etiquette when doing so. About a week later, I pitched this article and it was accepted. Excited wasn't the word.  I Read more [...]

Life Isn’t A Rush

When I was seventeen, I had my entire life planned out. I was going to Florida State for undergrad and law school, going to be a lawyer at twenty-four, married at twenty-six, a partner by thirty-five, and making a six figure salary during that time period. I’d be a father, a community leader, a judge, a professor, a leader amongst men, a some every goddamned thing (no, that’s not a typo). To say I had lofty expectations for my life eleven years ago, would be an understatement. Looking back, I Read more [...]

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