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Why I decided to give up the N Word.

I fought long and hard and often for the word “Nigga” to be used exclusively between Black people only, as a term of endearment that symbolized our power as a community to take something that originated in pure hatred, and make it into something positive. 819 more words

The B-Style Babes: Japanese Women and Becoming Black!

I stumbled on an artice-”B-Style Babes: Japanese Women Adopting The ‘Black Lifestyle’” and all I could do was heave a heavy sigh; as in, what’s going on in this life? 348 more words


Pittsburgh Foundation Submits Bid To Buy August Wilson Center

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Gray skies are reflected in the glass, steel prow and sail of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

A place with so much promise, but since its opening, the center – with its galleries, theater and classrooms – has since been sinking in a sea of red ink. 305 more words


Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: A Shout-Out (Updated)

Recently, I discussed Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns in a lecture on the Harlem Renaissance.  The renaissance, of course, would not have been possible without The Great Migration, that massive and historic movement of millions of African Americans from the the rural south the promises (and disappointments) of the urban North, and Wilkerson’s history is certainly the most sweeping – and most beautiful, in an epic and lyrical sense – exploration of the period to date.  1,051 more words



I’ve decided to go back to my roots….


No, I’m not putting a Jheri curl in my hair, you dimwit. I’m going back to the original intent of this blog, that is, to instruct White people on the ins and outs of Black Culture… 1,549 more words

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Thoughts On Changing the World With Baldwin's Beale Street

So, there’s little question I’m on bit of a book kick lately. Occupational hazard.

The other day, I was fortunate enough to encounter a powerful question: “Is there a book that could save the world (or at least change it)?” 375 more words




(1990′s | teenagese (African-American)? | “around the clock,” “always on or up,” “constantly,” “non-stop”)

I had assumed that this expression came out of stodgy corporatese, shortly after (perhaps even before) the ubiquity of ATM’s and all-night shopping or possibly the tech support call center, but now I think it’s more likely that it arose in African-American youth culture, especially rap. 726 more words