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

Notes From The Dominican Republic (Part 2): Racist Policies

It’s been an amazing 4 days spent in the Dominican Republic. The conference itself has placed me around some of the brightest and most insightful people who are committed to furthering the scholarship of Africana Studies and social justice. Being the only undergraduate in attendance, many people have offered a lot of great advice to me, as well as well as giving my own intellectual … Continue reading Notes From The Dominican Republic (Part 2): Racist Policies

Notes From The Dominican Republic (Day 1 1/2): Building [Black] Bonds

I’m finished watching the sun rise over the Caribbean Sea before I head out for the official program of the ASWAD conference, where I am scheduled to speak on race and politics after the Obama presidency.  So far, every step of the way, my trip has been filled with so many new connections. Beginning with my flight, where I met an older Dominican couple. We … Continue reading Notes From The Dominican Republic (Day 1 1/2): Building [Black] Bonds

Trayvon, And The Complicity of White Privilege

This post was written by Gabriel Baillargeon, a photographer based in the western Massachusetts area.  “White is an attitude, not a color.” – James Baldwin Recently, in mid-July of this year, I had been one of the few white faces that had attended the Trayvon Martin Candlelight Vigil held at the courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts. The rest of those who attended represented the many generations … Continue reading Trayvon, And The Complicity of White Privilege

The Irony Behind Tim Wise and White Priviledge

Last week, renowned anti-racist advocate, Tim Wise, came to UMass for a screening of his new documentary, “White Like Me,” followed by a question and answer period with the audience. I won’t go into details about the actual documentary, y’all can check that on your own time, but during the post-screening  period, Wise was confronted about some online beef that occurred after a post on … Continue reading The Irony Behind Tim Wise and White Priviledge

What Makes The Fox News Interview A Problem

“You’re a muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” We’ve probably all seen this video, and if you haven’t, then take a look at the bottom. I’ve watched it about 10 times since it went viral a few days ago, and each time I become more angrier than before. Mainly because of the anchor, Lauren Green, questioning why anyone … Continue reading What Makes The Fox News Interview A Problem