How Is the Finger Pointing After the Murder of Two NYPD Officers Like Finger Pointing After the Giffords Shooting?

Earlier today, a man who had earlier shot and wounded his girlfriend in Baltimore, Maryland, traveled to New York and killed two police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The officers were sitting in their radio cars in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, doing their jobs, when Ismaaiyl Brinsley executed them. According to witnesses, he walked up to the passenger side of the officers' ...more

Dear Friends Defending Bill Cosby At All Cost

Dear Friend: I apologize for my long response about allegations against Bill Cosby. To help you decide whether you'll read my entire thought process, you should know that this letter is divided into three parts. The first part laments the disillusionment that comes with considering these allegations against him and shares the background of what I know about Bill Cosby having seen him on TV ...more

Bruno Mars Performs Uptown Funk on The Voice (Video)

If you saw The Voice finale, then you know that Damien came in fourth, Chris Jamison came in third, Matthew McAndrew second, and Craig Wayne Boyd won. Now, on to the performance I enjoyed most: Bruno Mars, of course. Although I definitely enjoyed seeing Jennifer Hudson performing with Damien and Fall Out Boy with Matthew as well ....more

The Voice: Usually I Can Call the Winner, But Not This Time

I have no clue who will win tonight on NBC's The Voice,...more

When a movement grows organically: why #CrimingWhileWhite complaints waste time

A friend of mine on Facebook asked me what I thought of this article by Kara Brown at Jezebel, "The Problem With #CrimingWhileWhite." And here is what I said with some additional information added to the post today: I saw arguments like Brown's the same night I posted on this #CrimingWhileWhite after I saw it on Twitter. I think she's wrong. Sometimes black people sound like they live in ...more

Blacksplain vs. Mansplain vs. Whitesplain vs. Poem

I wrote the poem "Song of the Fatigued Blacksplaining Folk" that's embedded at the end of this blog post as a digital poster during National Poetry Month of this year. As the title indicates, and to borrow the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, "I am tired of being sick and tired" of explaining racism in America and how racist policies hurt this country. Of course, living under Jim Crow laws, Ms ....more

#Ferguson to #ICantBreathe

I really should take up fine art again because I need a more physical art for the sake of mental therapy. But I haven't seriously drawn or attempted to paint in decades. I'm a writer ....more

#NOLA #Ferguson March and Rally, Sunday Nov. 30 (Pics & Videos)

I attended the Circle for Michael Brown rally and march in New Orleans this Sunday. Organized by the Black Youth Project of NOLA, #BYP100NOLA, the rally began at Lee Circle on the city's famous St. Charles Avenue ....more

Darren Wilson says he chased Mike Brown in order to protect the back-up he called to protect him

By the end of Darren Wilson's testimony, he volunteered an explanation for why he chased unarmed teen Michael Brown, who he describes as "like a demon." Earlier in his testimony, he tells in detail why he was terrified of the youth, who he claims beat him nearly to death in the police car. In the screen shot below, you'll read that Wilson made sure the jury heard that he chased Mike Brown in ...more

Pharrell's subtle Ferguson message on The Voice Results

Last night during live results on NBC's The Voice, singer songwriter Pharrell Williams, best known for the hit "Happy" these days, gave a quiet wish for justice in Ferguson, for Mike Brown's family. Performing Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" with his team, DaNica Shirey and Luke Wade, he changed the last line of his performance from "And I think to myself what a wonderful world" to " ...more