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When Clothing Equals Respect, The Cost Of Fitting In Is Higher For Black Kids

As a black male who has navigated the respectability politics of public schooling as a student and now as an educator, the latest episode in the smash hit series ‘Atlanta,’ titled  “FUBU,”  was unexpectedly real.  The episode opens with a scene of middle school-aged Earn and his mother shopping at Marshalls. While there, Earn discovers a...

Why Killmonger Is A Villain For The People

By basic comic archetypes, where there’s a hero, there must be a villain. Therefore, within the context of Marvel’s Black Panther, T’Challa is the former, while Killmonger is the latter, making the new king of Wakanda easy to root for. Not only does he stand for justice and righteousness, he allows us to imagine what an uncolonized Africa — Wakanda — could...

The Police Brutality Michael Bennett Experienced Tells Us What We Knew All Along

Yesterday, I read an open letter written by Seattle Seahawks defensive-end Michael Bennett. In this letter, he described the kind of police brutality that often ends with a Black man losing his life. “He [the officer] placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would blow my fucking head off.” Over the next few lines, I quickly realized that the normalcy of...