Post-9/11 Unity Wasn’t for Me

Entering my junior year of high school, I thought I had life figured out. My goals included losing my virginity, convincing my parents to purchase a car for their son to assist in the loss of said virginity, and maintaining decent grades so I could get accepted to a four-year university, so I could further shit on the virginity that plagued me. Unfortunately, my junior year was riddled with failure, as my virginity was still alive and well, and I continued hitching rides with friends whose parents clearly supported the…

Black in the Day…All Hail the Chief

September 6, 1930: On this day we celebrate the birth of the first black chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court. When Leander Shaw took the Florida Bar exam in 1960, he was not allowed to stay or eat at the whites-only hotel in Miami where the exam was administered. Three decades later, Shaw became the first black chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court and the second African American chief justice in any state supreme court. Former Justice Leander J. Shaw, Jr. was the 70th Justice to serve on…

Black in the Day…It’s all Goode

August 29, 1962: Black in the Day On this day in 1962 Mal Goode became the first Black network news correspondent for ABC television network as a United Nations (UN) reporter. He allegedly received this position after baseball player Jackie Robinson, who was the first Black player in the major leagues, complained to ABC executives about the lack of Black reporters. Goode’s first assignment was covering the Cuban Missile Crisis; he distinguished himself with incisive TV and radio reports during the long hours of debate at the UN. For two months in 1963 he joined three of his peers…

Black in the Day…W.E.B Dubois and The Souls of Black Folks

August 27, 1963: Black in the Day Today we commemorate the death and celebrate the life and accomplishments of W.E.B. Dubois… W.E.B. Du Bois, in full William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, (born February 23, 1868, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.—died August 27, 1963, Accra, Ghana), American sociologist, historian, author, editor, and activist who was the most important black protest leader in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. He shared in the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)in 1909 and edited The Crisis, its magazine, from 1910 to 1934. His collection of…

I Don’t Know About His NFL Partnership, But Jay-Z Was Wrong about the 4th Amendment

A lot of us have/had opinions on Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL. Some of us cheered the idea, others despised the move, with some of those people calling him a sell out and others simply didn’t give a damn. Despite the polarizing move, what isn’t polarizing is Jay Z’s rap prowess. Many consider him the GOAT of hip hop, and for good reason. If you include skills, commercial hits and longevity, it’s hard to argue why Jay isn’t the greatest of all time behind a mic. However, what Hov isn’t…