Dear Black Men, Your Lives Matter

Too many times, since the 2020 riots started, I’ve heard “we/they are yelling black lives matter, but we/they are killing each other”. No shit! Black Lives Matter is a term that can be used across the board. We are not only talking to white people and cops, but it is also a message to our brothers… YOUR LIFE MATTERS! As a black youth I was conditioned to believe that embracing our culture was worthless. Not only worthless, but even damning. I was taught that success looked like a white man…

#BlackLivesMatter: A Trending Hashtag or a Civil Revolution

The black community has always faced criticism when speaking out about the oppressive forces we face in the world. Yet, the music we make, the art and fashion trends we create, and the slang that originated within our communities are heavily used amongst our critics. After the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the Black Lives Matter Movement was founded the following year by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. From the very beginning, this civil rights movement has been condemned by people who say they do not want…

Tupac’s Middle Finger To American Racism Will Forever Be His Lasting Legacy

The older I become, the harder it is to defend Tupac Amaru Shakur as the greatest RAPPER of all time. If one goes by pure rap/lyrics, its difficult to make an argument that puts him above Big, Hov, Nas, Black Thought, Talib, Mos Def, or Andre 3000. The older we become, the more appreciation we have for not only what was said, BUT how it was said, and we tend to measure the complexities of both the what and how. So yes, recycling, “Being buried in the cemetery while I…