Whose Opinion About Simone Biles Matters?

Simone Biles at 2016 Rio Olympics

Image Credit: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil made available through Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil   Misogyny and bigotry on view It was inevitable that people, especially men, most of whom can’t even do a cartwheel, would loudly voice their opinions about Simone Biles when she pulled out of Olympic competition a week into the Tokyo games. […]

Trying to Avoid the Trap of Grammar Shaming

We’ve all done this: we see a person type something egregiously racist/misogynist/ableist, but they use “there” instead of “their” in the middle of their rant. Perhaps instead a homonym swap, they use a completely different word, or simply grossly misspell a word. Then we pounce. There is no talking to them, because they can’t even […]

That Time I Found Out I Had No Home

An evicted house at a suburban street with left belongings on the lawn

I can’t remember the exact date, but I remember everything I did one Wednesday in November 1994. I got up, took a shower, had cereal for breakfast, and hastily crammed all my schoolbooks into my worn-out back pack. Because I was on a Tupac kick, I shoved every Tupac cassette into the front pocket of […]

Guns and Control: My Love/Hate Relationship with Firearms

“‘Gun Control’ means using two hands in my land…” Every time the topic of gun control breaches the surface in the news cycle (i.e. every time there is a mass shooting in America, so about every few weeks), I cannot help but think of Posdnous’s line from De La Soul’s classic Stakes Is High. Even […]

Stopping Asian Hate Means Fighting White Supremacy

Violence against Southeast Asian people is at a fever pitch. Though only 3% of the population, Chinese Americans specifically have endured months of ridicule and blame for things completely out of their control, from spreading disease to bolstering and profiting from vice in the cities. This slowly boiling hatred and resent can be traced all […]

Black Pioneers in Medicine IV

This is the final week of my Black Pioneers in Medicine series. I hope you notice that a lot of these pioneers are still alive, and they are making history in the 21st and 20th Centuries. Also, notice how many more degrees many of them attained, just to be recognized as experts in their fields. […]

Black Pioneers in Medicine III

Black History Month is every month for me. The last twelve months have been tumultuous. A global pandemic has kept most of us indoors to our own devices, which usually is never a good prospect, “idle hands” and all. When things looked the bleakest, multiple vaccines were developed, and distribution is steady. The medical industry […]

Black Pioneers in Medicine II

Black History Month is here. The last twelve months have been tumultuous. A global pandemic has kept most of us indoors to our own devices, which usually is never a good prospect, “idle hands” and all. When things looked the bleakest, multiple vaccines were developed, and distribution is steady. The medical industry can accomplish great […]

Pioneer’s In Black Medicine I

Black History Month is here. The last twelve months have been tumultuous. A global pandemic has kept most of us indoors to our own devices, which usually is never a good prospect, “idle hands” and all. When things looked the bleakest, multiple vaccines were developed, and distribution is steady. The medical industry can accomplish great […]

Time to Come Together

Time to Come Together By the time you read this, January 20th, 2021 will have passed, and barring another attempted mass insurrection, we will have a new President of the United States of America. I never held my tongue about how dark a chapter was written over the last four years, and I am glad […]

Ernest Flagler-Mitchell Needs to Resign

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Ernest Flagler-Mitchell Needs to Resign Two phrases that stuck with me the most from a summer of marches and protests: All Black Lives Matter We throw no one under the bus. I felt these in my heart and soul. It is important to not dismiss anyone in our fight for equality, no matter what. And […]

A First Amendment Primer (Since Some of Y’all Are Confused)

First Amendment of the US Constitution text, with other Constitution text above

A First Amendment Primer (Since Some of Y’all Are Confused) The number of adult humans who don’t understand how the First Amendment works and what censorship truly looks like is sad, astounding, and expected all as the same time. This isn’t a Millennials/Gen Z problem, nor is it a Boomer problem (us Gen Xers are […]

A Tale of Two Protests

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A Tale of Two Protests  Yesterday the 6th day of January in the year 2021,  I spent the entire day seeing the United States of America’s hypocrisy on full display domestically in the most explosive fashion I have ever seen. Not happy with the Presidential election results, hordes of Trump supporters descended upon Washington, DC, […]

“Defund the Police” Means “Defund the Police”

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“Defund the Police” Means “Defund the Police” “Defund the Police” means “Defund the Police”. Folks don’t need to “rebrand” the phrase. We don’t need to make it palatable for a broader audience. I don’t care what prominent Negro you cite who thinks the phrase is too “harsh”. It means what it means and the creators […]

Don’t Kill My Vibe: On Letting Folks Have Small Wins

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Don’t Kill My Vibe: On Letting Folks Have Small Wins  The election is (somewhat) over. It took nearly a week to determine some states, and despite the recounts and the sitting president’s own denial, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be next President and Vice President of the U.S. respectively. Everyone remembers when the Associated […]

What to Expect When Expecting (a Contentious Election)

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What to Expect When Expecting (a Contentious Election) 2020 is the year that is lasting a decade. So it is only fitting that 2020, a year mired in a global pandemic, the exposure of the lethal flaws in our economy and health system, and a summer of unrest over years-long racial injustice, we have a presidential election […]

The Value of Black Teachers

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The Value of Black Teachers  I didn’t know until this year how immensely privileged I was during my high school and academic years. In grades K through 8, I was in upstate New York, first in Colonie/Albany, and then in a rural town in Fulton County, with a brief stint in Syracuse. Fulton County had/has […]

The Sexist Flap Over WAP

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The Sexist Flap Over WAP  After three months of consuming a healthy rotation of quasi-apocalyptic news podcasts, the first half of Public Enemy’s discography, and Rage Against the Machine’s Battle of Los Angeles, I broke the cycle with a summer jam that everyone (over the age of 18) can enjoy: Cardi B and Megan Thee […]

Goya Away! Boycotting Brands Is a First Amendment Right

Goya Away! Boycotting Brands Is a First Amendment Right A few weeks ago when I saw the hashtag #GoyAway trending, I thought that perhaps this was a new action by my Jewish family to rightfully ask gentiles to leave them alone for a minute. Because let’s be honest: gentiles have been bothering the Chosen People […]

Rochester’s Curfew: A Modern Day Black Code and Racist Nuisance Laws

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Rochester’s Curfew: A Modern Day Black Code and Racist Nuisance Laws Historically, crime always spikes in the summer in U.S cities and metropolitan areas. You’d think a global health crisis would quell that spike, but sadly that is not the case. In Rochester, 12 people were shot, and one was stabbed over the July 4th […]