Before we can stand up in unity and acquire true power, we must be crystal clear about our condition. This becomes difficult when some of we Black folks enable our dysfunction with inaccurate or self-defeating ideas or beliefs. Let us … Continue reading 4 Ideas I Reject (and maybe you should too)
As we know, there are fraudulent, compromised and conflicted people in our community who deem themselves “conscious” or “progressive.” They often demonstrate poor or inadequate analysis, pontificate about problems without offering solutions, offer solutions/theories without implementing them, develop ill-conceived or … Continue reading Want to Help Black People? Here’s How
“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we … Continue reading It’s Time to Get Unplugged!
Anytime someone compliments me or something I’ve said or done, I always give credit to the many excellent mentors I’ve been blessed to have throughout my life. I must confess that I probably have enough confidence and self-esteem to share (smile). Nevertheless, I recognize that many people much smarter and more talented than myself were defeated in life partially because they lacked the guidance and preparation I had. Speaking of my mentors, they often told me that intelligence is not always registered or exemplified in the answers we give, but more so in the questions we raise. Penetrating and insightful questions often lead … Continue reading Questions on the Road to our Liberation
Being raised in a Baptist church ( Convent Avenue Baptist Church ) for the early part of my life has undoubtedly impacted my thinking as an adult. This impact exists through both my adherence to certain religious beliefs and my rejection or reformation of them. As a free-thinking and political-minded adult, I’ve come to question and challenge certain principles and practices I learned in the church. Nevertheless, the Black church played an important part in my personal development. And I still credit the church for helping me develop leadership skills, a moral code, and for helping me cultivate a compassion for serving my community … Continue reading Why I Respect the Black Church Despite My Critiques Of It
We Live in an Encouraging Time! Notwithstanding the continued legacy of white supremacy, anti-Black propaganda, and racial oppression, we live in a time where we have more access to our true history more than ever before. Black intellectuals unearth more pieces of our historical jigsaw puzzle via books and articles. The Internet search engines point us to pictures, documents, and multimedia clips to supplement the information provided even in the most deficient social studies textbooks and mainstream media outlets. Yet history is broad, and even with these encouraging developments important people, information and experiences remain obscured in our historical narratives. … Continue reading Five Important Overlooked Figures in the Black Liberation Struggle