Celebrating Black August 2020

If you’re new to Black August, get ready for a quick history lesson. While February is the renowned month to celebrate BLACKNESS, the month of August holds so much power and “it goes to show that we stand on the shoulders of giants,” eloquently quoted by Monifa Bandele, one of the founders of the annual concert Black August. This concert is a celebration of Hip-Hop and our Freedom Fighters pushing the adamant message of freeing all the Political Prisoners and abolishing prisons. This year the concert has transitioned into a…

Always & Wakanda: Chadwick Boseman

A new member has been inducted into Black August and we call him the magnificent King T’Challa. Marvel defines T’Challa as the King of the secretive and highly advanced African nation of Wakanda— as well as the powerful warrior known as The Black Panther, ruler and protector of Wakanda; a job fit for a King. That is prophetically accurate, rightfully so and rightfully earned, Chadwick Boseman is EXACTLY THAT for us. Where do I begin? We wish we could’ve wrapped you in that high-tech Black Panther suit and mask, so…

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…

Who TF Is Jalen Rose’s Barber?

There are age old questions that everyone wants to know but nobody has answers to. Questions like: Did the moon landing actually happen on the moon?Who shot JR?Why do some people call cheese dip rotel? Hmmm… But in 2020, even with all the bullshit happening around us (a fire tornado…really, Lord?!), the most pressing question is, who the fuck is Jalen Rose’s barber? A few weeks ago the former NBA player and current sports analyst posted a picture on the socials and his line up was extra crispy (see cover…

Lovecraft Country – Sundown (S1E1)

Well, ya’ll… Lovecraft Country did not disappoint! The first episode kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I’m not even sure where to start digging into “Sundown” since I have far more questions than answers. The Dream Let’s begin at the beginning, shall we? The story opens with a dream sequence where Atticus is fighting in the Korean war. As he is advancing on his enemies, aliens descend upon the battlefield. Atticus is confronted by a woman-like figure who whispers something into his ear in…