The creation of the Internet and the emergence of social media platforms is a mixed blessing. On one hand we applaud how this development broke the corporate hold on news and political expression. Indeed, the vast majority of information we receive via American media (and from which we develop opinions) comes from five corporations: Viacom, Disney, Time Warner, Bertelsmann, and News Corp. By disrupting this old boy media monopoly, the Internet has undoubtedly helped common citizens to realize and broaden their free speech and free press rights. This development has facilitated worldwide unfiltered, on-the-ground news coverage to which we previously had … Continue reading Black Social Media Commentators Should Be Competent & Qualified!
The Black Liberation Movement/Struggle throughout history helped our people to wake up, clean up and stand up.” We became aware of our connection with Africa and the Diaspora; We straightened our backs as we demanded and fought for justice; We … Continue reading A Message for Black Feminists, Black Nationalists, and Black Members of the LGBT Community
Today – on what would have been the 91st birthday of Malcolm X – I am pleased to officially announce our new YouTube channel. It is called “Black Liberation University,” and I will take some time in this article to explain … Continue reading Black Liberation University: A New YouTube Channel
Anytime you read or hear an organizer, leader or spokesperson discuss their ideas, policies, concerns, solutions or projects, you are observing elements of his/her ideology. When these ideas come across as contradictory, confusing, ridiculous or scattered, we are witnessing either their … Continue reading Ideology and Dogmatism Vs. Black Power
I’d like to think that my essays/articles have meaning or resonate with a wide circle of reasonable people. However, my unashamed focus is always on helping Black people in particular to “Wake up, Clean up, and Stand up!” Throughout my … Continue reading Who are We? A Question of Identity
It is a phrase many Black activists and Hip Hop artists use with almost obsessive regularity. Indeed, the phrase “Knowledge of Self,” joins other terms in the pantheon of Black expressions that have become cliche. But exactly what is knowledge … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal about “Knowledge of Self?”
When the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Kwame Ture (a.k.a. Stokely Carmichael) and others raised consciousness and Black Power capacity in the Black community, they built upon the examples and ideas of Black people before them. Some … Continue reading Avoid Becoming an Enemy of the People
Recently, I wrote an essay calling on Black people to create Liberation Schools all over the United States. The creation of Liberation Schools I argued, was part of a multi-layered approach to resolving the problem of Black Miseducation (in addition to apathy and disunity).
Since then, I’ve had the honor of working with fellow Harlemites to launch the “Harlem Liberation School.” Continue reading Real Talk About Harlem Liberation School
Being a “Grown man or woman” is a badge of honor that does not come automatically with age. We all know people who are mature (or not) for their age, based on their experiences and personal qualities. Have you given thought to the things that distinguish good or authentic men and women in your life? I have. In my humble opinion, to qualify as a “Real” man or woman, you must (at some time or another): 1. Have the experience of paying bills with your own money and/or contributing to running a household. 2. Have had your heart broken and … Continue reading What Makes a (“Real”) Man or Woman?
You’ve either met or heard about them. Narcissistic lovers, overly belligerent law enforcement officers, ruthless business people, physically abusive mates, vindictive discussion group administrators, horrific employers and the list continues. The iron-fisted behavior of these maladjusted types have a number of influences, including capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy. These influences also include (often traumatic) childhood and other life experiences. In the interest of providing some relief from such tyrants and in preventing new ones from developing, I offer the following for your consideration. Parents: Hug and patiently reassure your children. Refuse to coddle them or dismiss their indiscretions and shortcomings. … Continue reading Hurt People Hurt… People!