The Unassisted Supremacy: Disney is the Queen of Pop

The headline says it all and I’m not taking it back. If you’ve ever logged into Twitter Dot Com, you already know that we spend a lot of our time reminiscing about our childhoods. I’m 21, born in 1998, and I don’t know what category age group I fall into, but I do know everyone who I grew up with share this same opinion. In a time where my Grandma wasn’t a fan of me watching BET or MTV so I snuck behind her back, or watched from the hallway…

#AllBuildingsMatter Is The Greatest Thing To Ever Exist, Ever

My petty heart is full. And now, I will say my Petty Prayer. The PETTY is my shepherd, I shall not want. It makes me lie down in African Mother Land pastures. It leads me beside petty, troubled waters. Yet, it restores my soul. It guides me in the paths of pettiness for the sake of it’s name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of White America and Mayonnaise, I will fear no racists, for Petty are with me. It’s rod and it’s staff, they comfort me.It prepares a table before me in the presence of racist ass white folks. It anoints my head with black oil moisturizer, my…

D’Wight Women Out Here D’Wight Womening, Again

When the news broke that another non black woman, Jessica Krug, was impersonating a black woman to increase her affirmative action credit score, I laughed. As a black man, I found it funny. Like, here is another white woman attempting to sneak her way into black spaces by literally attempting to replicate black faces. The horror. The hilarious. The audacity. The D’wight womaning. And when I laughed, I laughed like a rich white man would laugh at a poor white man, asking for change on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. “You’re…

On This Day: Clinton 12 Desegregates Public Schools in South

On this day, August 27th in 1956 the Clinton 12 integrated Tennessee public schools. Clinton High School in Tennessee became the very first public school in the south to desegregate. This shocked the region. The twelve African-American students who successfully integrated Clinton High School in 1956 were Jo Ann Allen, Bobby Cain, Theresser Caswell, Minnie Ann Dickey, Gail Ann Epps, Ronald Hayden, William Latham, Alvah J. McSwain, Maurice Soles, Robert Thacker, Regina Turner, and Alfred Williams. Tennessee had failed for nearly eighty years at establishing “equal” facilities, and the decision…

New Podcast Documents Black History and Social Justice in Appalachia

With Black historical education joining the movement as a pivotal step toward racial progress less is known about the African Americans who make up the rural and mountain south. Synonymous with Folk music, Trump country, banjos and whiteness the geographical areas known as Appalachia are void of African American story telling on a broad scale and the Black in Appalachia Project is doing work to change that. Notable cities within Appalachia include Asheville, NC, Binghamton, NY, Knoxville, TN, Roanoke, VA, Pittsburg, PA, and Huntsville Alabama. However the entire Appalachian region…