Happy 50th Birthday, Tupac Amaru Shakur: An Analysis of “Ambitionz Az a Ridah”

Tupac had so many faces, so many layers, so many personalities and so many emotions. And he was entitled to all of them. Tupac is the poster child for black folks are not monolithic. In fact, a lot of shit is running through our brains, simultaneously, including conflicting thoughts. We want to be rich; we want to be anti-capitalism; we want to say fuck the world; we what’s best for our people; and sometimes we’re just tired of everyone, including our own people. And Tupac was this. He was all…

Happy Birthday, Biggie Smalls: An Analysis of “Warning”

Jogging really does provide me with a form of clairvoyance. Because it’s Biggie’s birthday, today, I decided to just simply type “Notorious BIG” in my Apple Search and hit a random shuffle for my Biggie catalog. Obviously, not many songs were skipped. Even though the length of Biggie’s career equates to the stature of an homunculus, his batting average is the size of Thanos. And so I jog, and listen. Jog and listen. Until Apple blesses me with “Warning.” Most Biggie and even non Biggie fans are familiar with this…

Department Of Justice to Investigate the Louisville Police Department After The Killing Of Breonna Taylor

Today the DOJ announced that it is opening a civil investigation into the shooting and killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that the federal “pattern or practice” probe will begin exploring whether a culture of prejudicial practices and abusive and unlawful tactics have been pervasive in the Louisville Police Department. Taylor’s death sparked an uprising in Louisville and throughout the country in 2020 and she has yet to have justice for her death after Attorney General Daniel Cameron failed to charge or present evidence…

Amazon’s “THEM” is a Genuine Terror Marathon Worth Running

Look this might or might not contain some spoilers. Ion know yet but whatever I say, imma say it with my chest so just be sure you keep it in mind as you read this. Stick around though… cause it’s gonna be good. Ok So Boom, over the course of the last year, hell the last few years if I’m being honest, I, like many of the beautiful Black people I know and love, have found myself to a great extent in Survival Mode. But that damn 2020-2021 run has…

We Rooting For Everybody Black: Andra Day Talks Her First-time Oscar Nomination, The Historical Significance and Her Powerful Portrayal of Legend Billie Holiday

When asked, “What are your highlights on your road to this first Oscar?” Andra Day replied, “All of it.” She then laughed and reflected. “Yes really all of it. Being able to sit and be in this moment. Meeting these people. For me it’s amazing. I have experienced nothing but support from everyone I’ve encountered. Seeing women in these spaces where we’ve traditionally been given this idea that there is limited space for us, limited support for us, this experience has totally broken down that idea that needed to be…