Black Social Media Commentators Should Be Competent & Qualified!

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!

Letter to the U.S. Government Or, “Suggestions for Ending Mass Shootings and other Domestic Horrors”)

December 3, 2015 Dear U.S. government, corporate conglomerates, and devil’s advocates: As you well know, this nation finds itself tortured by a disturbing epidemic of domestic violence. This takes the form of gang warfare and other community predatory behavior, anti-Black police brutality, suicide, sexual assault, and mass shootings.  This tumultuous scenario has yourselves and we citizen-residents predictably alarmed. This is especially true in the arena of mass shooting/killings. The San Bernardino shooting yesterday marked 352 mass shootings in only 336 days of 2015. What you don’t know – or at least do not acknowledge – is the primary role you play … Continue reading Letter to the U.S. Government Or, “Suggestions for Ending Mass Shootings and other Domestic Horrors”)