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 »

Why Black Men Live with the 9/11 Threat Daily

Thirteen years ago, I received a phone call and saw an image that changed the way I saw my country. Thirteen years ago, I was heading to my old job that was located five blocks away from the Twin Towers. While I understand the disbelief and the shear surrealism this event caused all Americans, I… Read More »

How to Change Male Culture by Changing our Representation of Men

Whether its film, television or any form of mass media we all get the same messages about men:Men are emotionally lacking and one dimensional. This thinking prevents any one committed to male growth and love the opportunity to support or further develop healthy relationships with anyone of the male gender. We have been conditioned to… Read More »