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…

America Exhausted After Punishing Racism One Time

By now, most, if not all of us are aware of the guilty verdict handed down by the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial. Chauvin, who was found guilty of killing George Floyd on May 25, 2020, when he, without mercy, knelt on Floyd’s neck and back for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. In the wake of the murder, which was recorded on video, a public outcry against racial injustice was heard around the country and frankly, the world. With the world watching, the American justice system seemed to finally…

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…

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: The Real Interview

By now, most of us either watched or have been made aware of Oprah interviewing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. A lot was said. A lot was revealed. But did we get the real version of the interview? Or only the edited version? Well, the zealous team at Black With No Chaser managed to uncover the real, unedited version of the worldwide, televised interview. And it was a lot, to say the least. Oprah: Did you know what you were getting into? Meghan: Of course. I mean, it’s the royal…

America Killed the Same Man it Celebrates

I was talking to my Dad the other day. Just shooting the shit about the Trailer Park Bowl at Capitol Hill on Jan 6, when we got on the subject of the most shocking events that happened during his lifetime. He listed a couple of events, including the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner in Neshoba County, Mississippi. In my head, I was like yeah, that makes sense. He was heavy in the Movement at that time, so to him, it was probably a bit of a wake up call…