BTSD: Black-American Traumatic Stress Disorder

I am suffering from Black-American Traumatic Stress Disorder. No, I didn’t mean Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You can’t label an event “post” when it is continually happening. BTSD is not a diagnosable disorder, meaning it has not been validated by any governing body of psychological medical conditions. While I did make it up, this is me searching for a label to describe how I feel with every triggering reminder that Black people are still oppressed in this country. There have been several reminders in the last two weeks: the new…

Interview with the Bonnet

By now, most of us have either watched or have been made aware of relationship scammer, I mean “guru” Derrick Jaxn and his extramarital affair that sent shockwaves throughout the Black Social Media-verse. And I’m sure most are also aware of the damage control done by Mr. Jaxn when he brought along his wife to convince his fans and (laughably) the internet that he was a reformed person. Well, while the damage control did lead to reasonable questions about whether Mrs. Jaxn got on live voluntarily or not, one thing…

A List of Potential LLC Twitter Tweets You May See on your Timeline

LLC Twitter’s power is growing. Have you felt it? They are coming. And there is nothing we can do to stop them. Once America and its “Here N*gga, Damn” Act was signed by the President, our timelines will soon be filled with tweets from LLC Twitter enthusiast, telling people what to do with their money. But while there is nothing we can do to stop the onslaught of tweets, we can, at the very least, identify them so we can easily scroll past with relative ease. Here are potential tweets…

A List of Childhood Figures We Should Also Cancel

Pepe Le Pew was “rapey” to me, even as a kid. Younger me would say to myself, “There’s something off about that French n*gga.” Like, dude was more thirsty than a group of n*ggas camped up at a Texaco gas station in the south. He was more thirsty than a dude who buys a rose after the club lets out, and tries to give it to the girl he was weirdly stalking all night, as she stumbles out of the club drunk, with the only thought of Waffle House on…

The Criminalization of the Invisible Black Woman

By: Zakiya Sankara-Jabar On Feb. 11, Shaina Bell, 24, went to her job at Little Caesars, down the street from the motel she and her three children stayed at in Ohio. Bell left her children, the oldest 9 years old, in the room, and later that night, she was arrested. The charge against Bell was two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. If you ask me, the real crime Bell was arrested for was being a Black, working-poor woman in America. Americans like Bell are being forced to work in a…