Dear White People: Please Don’t Shoot My Son

Aaden Quadi Brown was born on June 14th, 2011. Since birth he’s had a coolness about him that I probably lacked as a child. He’s almost 6 now as I write this. He is lean and tall, for his age. He likes to read, play and do all the normal things kids his age do. [...]

Black Women Privilege 

My purpose of writing this is simple. I hope to spark dialogue and offer an alternate perspective. I understand what I am about to say, may possibly come off as insensitive. But I pride myself on being upfront with what I think and how I feel. At the least, you know I am willing to [...]

Aaron Hernandez: A Propensity for Violence 

I wish I could hold sympathy for a murderer. In fact, how do you even sympathize with a millionaire murderer? He had it all and seemingly threw it all away. Why? The irony of the street culture is we only glorify the success stories. We speak of the entertainers and pro athletes. Who remain ingratiated [...]

Purple Reigns.

There is no other way to describe those addicted to "lean" than to call them dope fiends. Full disclosure; this characterization of my generation’s drug abusers, probably doesn’t sit well with many of my close friends. But this isn’t about them or their connection to this story. Prescription drug use is at an all-time high; [...]

Why Poor People Love Their Credit Scores.

Credit is defined as the provision of money, goods, or services with the expectation of future payment (MerriamWebster). The key word is future payment. A bank or someone acting as a lender gives you something that you don't have, hoping that someday soon you will have it. Why would anyone give you something without ensuring [...]

Fashion at the Cathedral

This weekend was dedicated to the arts. With that sentiment in mind, Sunday was reserved for the Oscars and Saturday was reserved for a local fashion show. This was no ordinary show and surely no ordinary designer. Loanell "ButterObama" Ellington put on a show. The designer who describes his CasuaLuxury brand as a mix of [...]

The Black Oscars

My title may be a bit misleading. I'm not advocating for an Oscars for black actors. I am merely pointing to the fact that how we watch the Oscars and how others watch the Oscars is quite different. Mostly, we watch award shows expecting some sort of let down (i.e. Beyoncé not winning AOTY at the [...]

In Defense of Blue Ivy

I have a son. He is 5 years old. He is bright, astute and reminds me of a better me. I don't pay much attention to what he wears. He is a child, so naturally he wears regular children's clothing. I'm a minimalist somewhat, I'd much rather pay less than more for his clothes. He [...]

I Cheated.

There is video of a girl and her former spouse discussing him cheating that has gone viral and it has caused great debate on the topic of cheating. If you haven't seen it check it out here (TheScene.com). The video is in an intimate setting. It's quiet and the environment is conducive to having a [...]

Reflections of a Black Women

By Guest Writer In my experience I feel being an African American woman in America has many challenges. I feel this way because we are continuously defending ourselves within our culture and outside of it. In America, African American women are routinely stereotyped for the way we wear our hair, the way we dress, and [...]