Opinion

Opinion articles and newspaper editorials on current events told from a Black perspective.

I’m Black, female, and a product of a two-parent household – this shouldn’t be an anomaly. Thanks to my dad, I can charm or argue my way out of (and in some cases into) almost anything; my father basically originated the concept of using a “charm offensive.” He is the shadow mayor of our small […]

Police are willing to use lethal force in a library but won’t say why? NOW is not the time for silence. #KevinAllen pic.twitter.com/PedG0KxEc5 — Alex Blank Millard (@Hippoinatutu) May 30, 2015 Yet another black man became a hashtag yesterday as Kevin Allen died at the hands of Lyndhurst, NJ police, who said they had not […]

I’m disturbed by the depictions of Toya Graham circulating in news and social media. Going upside her son’s head for throwing rocks into a crowd of Baltimore cops on Monday, she’s been depicted in at least three ways:  as Mom of the Year, as fulfilling stereotypes of the Black mammy, and as a welfare queen […]

How much unrest will our country experience before we substantively address the injustices acutely impacting Black people? For months, across the nation, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand police accountability, transparency and justice for the families that have fallen victims to state violence. I am Latino and I stand […]

By now we’ve heard lawyers, activists, analysts, journalists, and a list of lay people say it over and over —  the video in the Walter Scott police shooting made the difference in the case. Had it not been for plain, graphic, in-your-face evidence caught on a cellphone camera by Feidin Santana, who was simply on […]

Indiana’s governor Mike Pence and state legislators did the right thing by amending the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill, which as presented to Pence for signing, left an apparent loophole that would allow for discrimination based on the religious objections of say, a business owner or a service provider, for example. The LGBT […]

It’s no surprise that there would be backlash and outrage over the OWN network giving Jay Williams, the Atlanta man with 34 kids by 17 different women who was featured on Iyanla Vanzant’s Fix My Life series, his own reality show. Black Twitter exploded when it was announced this week that Williams would debut this […]

Last weekend, a college baseball player called Little League star Mo’ne Davis out of her name (a “slut”) on Twitter. And it was via Twitter that Joey Casselberry was summarily dismissed from his Bloomsburg University baseball team. And days later, in what is being hailed as a mature and “classy” move, Davis said in a televised interview […]

In celebration of Women’s History month, we revisit a timely and deeply personal essay by journalist Jennifer Marby outlining why equal opportunity in 21st Century America – particularly for Black women – remains a myth. Marby, who outlines her own career trajectory where she “did everything [she] was supposed to as assurance that the solidly middle-class upbringing […]

I’m no longer certain what’s more taxing: Having to write about yet another unarmed Black person experiencing excessive, brutal force from law enforcement, or having to note that Black man or woman doesn’t have to be pristine to have their humanity respected. Or to have their untimely death be any less tragic or significant because […]

It’s 7:00 a.m., you’re feeling barely alive, and you need a mighty jolt of caffeine to properly prepare you for the morning. Is that the best time to talk to your server about institutionalized racism and white supremacy? Would you like a shot of espresso coupled with a brief chat about the tenets of racial […]

What a week! Everybody digs “Empire,” but if there was ever a time we needed “Soul Train” back in our lives, it’s now. It seems like Blackness, or at least everything happening around it, is making the news. If it ain’t the Department of Justice springing a cop that shot a black kid for doing something […]