I’ve always considered there to be two schools of anti-racism. The first one is dedicated to building up people of color and members of marginalized communities, the other is dedicated to tearing down white people and other privileged groups. (The first group has more in common with Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for the rights of all people regardless of their skin color, while the second group has more in common with Malcolm X. To give a more modern example, the first group fights the same fight as Jesse Jackson while the second group fights alongside Louis Farrakhan.)
This is a shameful, ahistorical, and dangerous summary of what MLK and Malcolm X stood for. MLK knew that all people needed equal rights, but also understood that Black people were historically deprived of them. He put his focus on organizing Black people in the South to that end. While he did embrace multi-racial coalitions, he never budged on Black leadership of the movement. Painting MLK as a civil rights Santa Claus for all people is shameful writing.
The two stories I’ve written on Megan Thee Stallion focus on the patriarchal structures she has navigated as she built her career. The first focuses on the night Tory Lanez shot her. As she exited the vehicle, she was surrounded by police with their pistols drawn. That night could have ended her life.
The second story, published earlier this week, charges Meg with being “the most structurally incompetent rapper in the game.” She refuses to play the role the hip-hop industry has laid out for her. At every turn, she has taken control of her career and money. Besides Drake…
More than a month ago, DaBaby betrayed the woman who spawned his most successful collaborations with the man who shot her in the foot.
On June 17th, 2021, Tory Lanez dropped the music video for “SKAT.” Megan Thee Stallion’s assailant, who shot her in the foot, continues to have a career where people listen to his music and lend their talents to create visuals for his songs. His apparent immunity to consequences has made him bold. In the song, he raps:
Won’t lie, lil’ bitch had a nigga down
But now that I’m out of my feelings (Okay)
Netflix’s High on the Hog has been getting me through my steady-state cardio after my strength training sessions.
After doing my main strength work (bench press, squats, overhead press, or deadlifts depending on the day) and assistance/supplemental work, I throw on my weight vest and clamber upon my air bike. I can only do indoor, steady-state cardio if I have a show to watch. I got through the first episode of the show in this manner.
The series creator, Stephen Satterfield, travels to the South Carolina Lowcountry in the second episode. He has this mind-blowing encounter with food historian Michael…
For a few weeks now, I’ve struggled to find my thesis on a story I want to write about DaBaby.
Johnathan Kirk is now successfully mainstream. Though he grinded for years in the underground via mixtape drops, one can also credit his success with his productive musical relationship with Meg Thee Stallion. It disturbed me to see him make a song with Tory Lanez, the rapper who shot Meg in the foot last year.
DaBaby took to posting on Twitter about the collaboration and his betrayal of Meg, seemingly chalking up working with Meg’s assailant as the sausage-making of…
“A 102-year old woman in Arkansas…voted for the first time on the very spot she once picked cotton,” President Joe Biden said toward the beginning of his July 13th, 2021 speech in defense of voting rights. It would not be the only time where Biden linked the struggles of my elders and ancestors to justify why he had directed Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice to increase the size of their voting rights decision. Garland is currently filing suit against red states passing laws to keep people from the polls.
Biden evoked the sacking of the Capitol on January…
Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together gives the stories and data that confirm what all Black people know — that white people sacrifice their own material well-being and prosperity because they cannot fathom sharing public resources with Black people.
I’ve decided to toy around with posting freewriting once a week. The title, “Black on Both Sides,” comes from one of my favorite albums. Mos Def (Yassin Bey) explored the interior life of Black personhood on it. These weekly posts will take up the same vein.
Not one Black person wished me a happy Fourth of July this weekend.
I live and often walk on my Black block in Alexander, a town right outside of Little Rock. There are no parks within my subdivision. Life finds a way. One of the young boys has a portable basketball hoop. His friends…
Yesterday, Judge Peter A. Cahill sentenced the murderer of George Floyd to 22 years of hard time.
In his opinion memorandum, Cahill defended why he departed from the recommended sentencing guidelines of 120 to 150 months and instead placed Derek Chauvin in prison till he turned 60. Citing the practice as an upward durational departure, Cahill provided four extenuating factors for his decision; that Chauvin abused his position of authority; that Chauvin displayed chilling cruelty in chocking out a begging and prone Floyd for over nine minutes; that he murdered Floyd in front of an audience of children, one who…
On June 17th, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the federal recognition of the Black Jubilee. He is increasingly shedding the political shyness that made him talk about racial injustice without mentioning Black people in his inaugural address. “To honor the true meaning of Juneteenth, we have to continue toward that promise because we’ve not gotten there yet. …
Black on both sides. The founder of Established in 1865, a platform dedicated to exploring Black personhood. I Tweet @Established1865. #weoc