Thoughts on Black Consciousness Debates

Last year, I wrote a previous essay identifying issues the Black conscious community needs to resolve. One of the issues I highlighted was the inappropriate way we conduct formal debates in our communities. Because this is such an important and continuing issue, I’m dedicating this entire essay to the topic. I will begin with an excerpt from that article: We waste precious time debating issues that have already been resolved, or once resolved, push us no closer to meeting an important objective. Unless we’re trying to challenge patriarchy, what is the sense of debating if the Black woman is God? … Continue reading Thoughts on Black Consciousness Debates

Damaging Ideas/Practices Promoted by Some Members the “Conscious Community”

This phrase “Conscious Community” is quite popular these days. I use it myself. Generally speaking, it refers to those brothers and sisters with some useful degree of sociopolitical awareness, African-centered knowledge of Black history or the Black experience, and an … Continue reading Damaging Ideas/Practices Promoted by Some Members the “Conscious Community”

Brief Reflections on the Urban Drug Epidemic

In the movie “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the wicked witch of the west lured Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Dorothy into a field of poppies to make them fall asleep. As we know heroin and opium are powerful narcotics processed from Poppy plants. This movie was fictional, but during the 80s and even today, the wicked witch of the western hemisphere really used drugs to ruin urban Black and Brown communities throughout the United States. This issue is personal to me given that 1) my beloved father fell victim to drugs in his later years and died as … Continue reading Brief Reflections on the Urban Drug Epidemic