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 [...]

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; [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The City of Philadelphia vs Meek Mill.

As a disclaimer I'm writing from a fair and objective view point. My opinions come from what I think the overall public feels. This is not an attempt to bring any man down. But to speak on a topic that is on many of our minds within our culture. I think it's important that we [...]

Dating on the Gram.

This is my attempt at dissecting how social media altered the dating game, enhanced infidelity and created an environment where ego and arrogance can thrive. The dating game has been evolving for me since the creation of Myspace (showing my age). It made the world smaller and expedited getting to know a person. No longer [...]

It’s Not Beef Until Somebody Dies.

My title may be a bit hyperbolic; nevertheless I'm serious. Social media has made it easier to @ someone without having to actually get at someone. If I've learned anything about this era. Most people are all talk and less action. Celebrities will beef back and forth. The next day they'll apologize and be the [...]

Trusting the Process

Written by Avi Brown As told by Maleek Jackson            Its Sunday before my hearing, my minds racing. Tomorrow decides my fate. I been down 10 years. Tomorrow I go in front of the parole board and they decide if they'll let me out. I've never made excuses for my time here. I never [...]

Raising A Rapist

           When we think of a rapist there is usually a stereotypical image we have of one. An awkward, shy man, who lacks friends and any remnants of a social life. Yes, that description fits the typical mode. But as we've learned from Darren Sharper, the disgraced All-Pro NFL player sentenced to 38 years in jail [...]