Kendrick Lamar’s The Heart Part 5 Video Takeaways:

1.) Kendrick, like me, is an active member of the “N*ggas who can still keep a head full of a hair and a reasonable hairline intact well into their 30’s” Club. 2.) “There will never be a music video broken down more than Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’” Black Twitter: Hold my Casamigos 3.) That quote, “I am. All of us.” kind of left me stomped. What is Kendrick telling us here? Not exactly sure. At first glance, it seems easy to decipher. But it’s that period after “am” that…

Grief in My Black Experience

“Libations poured in remembrance Balloons released into the sky Ritual and procession, Pomp and circumstance It’s an affair when Black people die.” -F. Renee Hamilton My earliest memory of death was being held in my mothers’ arms as we stood in line to view my paternal great-grandmothers body for the last time. I could not have been more than four years old, but this final saying of goodbye has forever been engrained in my memory. Vaguely, I remember various family members leaning over to kiss the lady whom I thought…

Black gun violence prevention activists pull up on the steps of the Supreme Court

“Over 100,000 people are shot or killed every year by and the majority are Black or Brown. This public health crisis has spiraled out of control, and we need leaders from the Supreme Court [on] down to step up and establish solution to end gun violence. I have lost many friends, neighbors and family members to this vicious cycle. Enough is enough.”