Honesty in Rape Culture: #YesAllWomen, and #MostToAllMen

We label them as crazy, but fail to acknowledge why they may be said “crazy.” Elliott Rodgers may have been a victim, but it wasn’t to himself. It was patriarchy, and the false entitlement many men have led themselves to believe comes with it, that killed. And unknowingly, we facilitate such a process everyday. Over a year ago, I wrote an article on rape culture, … Continue reading Honesty in Rape Culture: #YesAllWomen, and #MostToAllMen

The Grammy’s Gentrified Hip Hop

That night when Macklemore won 4 Grammy’s and Kendrick came out empty-handed. This is why I stopped taking awards shows seriously. It stopped being about talent a long time ago, and last night it reached new lows when they straight dissed “good kid, m.A.A.d city.” Hip Hop just got gentrified. Once in  a decade–and I mean that–an artist will come along and transform an entire … Continue reading The Grammy’s Gentrified Hip Hop

The Pupils of the Eye: Before Richard Sherman, A Legacy of Black Athletes That Shed A Little Light On The World

The year was 1908 when boxer Jack Johnson, the son of former slaves, became the first black heavy-weight champion of the world. His rise to success came when lynching was at its peak, when Jim Crow was law in much of the U.S., and when a black man should know “their place” when in the presence of whites. But Johnson would never prescribe to being a … Continue reading The Pupils of the Eye: Before Richard Sherman, A Legacy of Black Athletes That Shed A Little Light On The World

A Tale of Two Drug Wars (Part 2)

Last week, I wrote about how the legalization of weed in Colorado doesn’t automatically connect to the War on Drugs–or to the incredible racial bias in a blatantly racist criminal justice system–unless we allow it to. Today, in 2014, the U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country. When the majority of these people are of color, and who–as studies show–are serving time for an … Continue reading A Tale of Two Drug Wars (Part 2)

A Tale Of Two Drug Wars, Neither of Which Speak To The Core of The Issue: Race

Crowds lined up throughout Colorado as marijuana dispensaries opened up this week after the state legalized recreational Marijuana use. Other than Colorado to be the first state to make Marijuana a capitalist venture, dozens of others have either legalized the medical use of marijuana or decriminalized it. I don’t want to discuss the science of marijuana to justify it, and I’m also not here advocating … Continue reading A Tale Of Two Drug Wars, Neither of Which Speak To The Core of The Issue: Race

Kanye’s Remarks Aside, What I Loved Most About Nelson Mandela

Even if it is a joke, and not real, still, the thought of Kanye West having the audacity to self proclaim himself as “the next Nelson Mandela”, it has me wondering in a time when I should be morning one of the world’s most selfless leaders. It’s not out of the realm of possibility in the world of Ye, because he did compare himself to … Continue reading Kanye’s Remarks Aside, What I Loved Most About Nelson Mandela