What White Folks Can Do to End Brutality Against Black Men

Getting caught up on the week’s most important stories left me with much confusion and head scratching. There was no mention of Mike Brown. Dogs struck by cars and wandering mountain lions were deemed more important. Shocking news is not new and for the liberal and concerned white folks who seek justice and an improved… Read More »

A Letter to Mike Brown’s Parents

Dear Mr.and Mrs. Brown, Please forgive us for not standing up for your son. Please forgive us for not adopting him early and often in ways that would have made his death preventable. Forgive me for not understanding and refusing to believe that there are forces out there bent on destroying young, brilliant, beautiful black… Read More »

Richard Pryor, Murdered Black Men and Police Brutality

When I began doing stand up comedy in 1999, I aspired to be as brilliant as Richard Pryor. Great comedy slams ideas together, questions the ridiculousness of humor behavior, stares at what terrifies and points out how truly stupid and amazing human beings can be. Great artists force us to self reflect and offer us… Read More »

Twenty Dead… Gone but Not Forgotten

We have become too desensitized to the deaths of those in our community. Here is a list so that we never forget and continue to fight. Kimani Grey Kendrec McDade Timothy Russell Ervin Jefferson Amadou Diallo Patrick Dorismond Ousmane Zongo Timothy Stansbury Jr. Sean Bell Orlando Barlow Aaron Campbell Victor Steen Steven Eugene Washington Alonzo… Read More »

Changing Our Hearts Part 2

My mother used to manipulate and mock me with taps on the lips admonishing me that : I must learn to listen. I always found this humiliating and could never quite put together why I should listen to anybody who was inconsistent with their information sharing or in some cases flat out lied and changed… Read More »

How to Use Assaults on Black Male Bodies As a Vehicle for Social Change

Social movements don’t work when people feel left out, forgotten about, let down or simply overlooked. Many times movements like the civil rights one and others that immediately followed it, provided benefits for the group at large but left the individual distrustful and disappointed. Leading a group of individuals interested in restructuring a social machine… Read More »