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Luke Cage, Bad Dudes, and Not Being Bulletproof

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Quipped a Tulsa, Oklahoma law enforcement officer hovering above a local street just moments before Terence Crutcher was murdered by the state in the form of Officer Betty Shelby. Crutcher, like many before him fell prey to a combination of racism, a heavy-handed culture of law enforcement, fear, and what Claude Brown referred to as looking like “bad nigger” in “Manchild in the Promised Land.” As harsh of a descriptor as it sounds “Bad nigger” like “bad motherfucker” has particular connotations to many of us. Continue reading

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On Speaking Ill of the Recently Departed, the Need for Sainthood, and the Impossible Standards used When it Comes Time to Mourn Dead Black Boys

Earlier this morning I came across an article from the New York Times entitled “A Teenager Grappling With Problems and Promise” penned by John Eligon. The teenager in question is Michael Brown who was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. There’s no need to recap the actions and goings on surrounding Brown’s death and if you’re not familiar with it then you’re either a corpse or purposely keeping yourself ignorant of current events. Continue reading

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Random News/Ain’t it Thoughts about football.

It’s Friday but not Friday at Five o’clock. Yes, this is a problem but in my head I’m an amateur sniper so I can wait. Until then let’s talk about football.   I have some good news—there are 27 days … Continue reading

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Random News/Ain’t it Thoughts (For today, Ninja!)

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    Soooo, I’m black to blogging for the day. (On some use it or lose it, sh*t.)[i] I’ve got some boo boo on my brain that I need to get out for the sake of my sanity and my … Continue reading

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Random Questions– I Don’t Even Know, Man

During the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial I find myself dumbfounded and laden with questions. As a black man, an American, and somewhat responsible citizen I find myself with nothing but questions about my existence and other things that many just either take for granted or are not aware of in the first place. As my friend O, says “It’s still very real in the field.” Continue reading

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The Talk I Hope That I Never Want To Have

Ray Charles — It Ain’t Easy Being Green   This of a repost of something I did back in March of 2012. I never repost but I felt it was important due to Saturday’s events…yeah. As a black man that … Continue reading

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Random Happenings With Me and Your Mama

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To say that the last seven or so months of my life have been somewhat interesting would be an understatement. Within that time I’ve lost both parents, gotten engaged, and toppled two third world governments. Yeah, I’ve been a little occupied with things and my thoughts are as random as ever. Continue reading

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Emotional Triggers, Baseball & Festus Hagen

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We’re in the heart baseball season and sadly I cannot watch a single pitch.

You see, my Daddy, Stephen. Sr. passed a month ago Tuesday and baseball was one of the things my Daddy and I could easily talk about. It’s not that we weren’t close but we were just two extremely terse men of different times (He was born in 1932 and I was born in 1979 and baseball was one of the things that we both loved to watch.)
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Ain’t it News/Random Thoughts: Week of 4/19/2013

JrobinsonMan, this week has reeked of unawesomeness. We however are still here and we have to keep moving forward because that’s what we’re programmed to do. So in the words of newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Chuck D …Here comes the drums…

  1. After the madness and destruction occurring in Boston, West, Texas, and the halls of the legislative branch of the United States Government America (Y’all failed the people again.) needs a long weekend. We need a long weekend with no bombs, explosions, or spineless, self-serving politicians so we all can just eat too much and chill with the folks.
  2. Seriously, this week has been a bad Michael Bay movie Okay just a Michael Bay movie. (That “bad” in his work is inherent.)
  3. Moneypenny and I caught “42” last weekend and I’ll describe it as is imperfect biopic. In case some of y’all haven’t seen it I’ll avoid and spoilers but just keep in mind the film only covers a few months out of an extraordinary life so please don’t expect the film to encapsulate every aspect of blackness. Chad Boseman (Jackie Robinson), Nicole Beharie (Rachel Robinson), and Harrison Ford (Branch Rickey) (Harrison Ford is f***ing 70!) all did great jobs in their roles. In all, the cheese factor was kept to a minimum which I can respect because biopics often come heavy with the cheese. I honestly want to discuss some scenes with y’all but again I don’t want to spoil anything. (Let me know in the comment section if it’s cool.)
  4. Korea, specifically the North, actually existed before the crazy. (I’m a stan for history laden picture spreads and dogs.)

That’s all I have. Y’all have a good weekend.

Vaya con Dios!

Bootsy Collins — I’d Rather Be With You

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Daddy Issues and the Hour-Long Drama

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Thursday night when it became apparent that my NCAA brackets were going to end up looking like Mitch “Blood” Green’s face after his infamous street fight with Mike Tyson, I whipped out my Kindle and watched this week’s episode of TNT’s Southland. [i] After I finished watching I was reminded of an article the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Yes, that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) wrote for the most recent issue of Esquire entitled “What Primetime TV Tells Us About Being a Man” which deals with the rights and wrongs of how men are depicted on television.

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