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America Backs Wrongly-Accused Teen Ahmed Mohamed With #IStandwithAhmed

Today has been a horrible day for America, and incredibly enough, it’s also been a redeeming day for America. In a fast show of force, what seems like the majority of America have joined forces to show that we Stand with Ahmed Mohamed.  Continue reading America Backs Wrongly-Accused Teen Ahmed Mohamed With #IStandwithAhmed

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: Why Finn Matters In This Galaxy and A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is something I’m looking forward to intensely. The film looks amazing, particularly since it looks akin to the originals (we will not speak of the wayward turn the franchise took in between the originals and The Force Awakens). But it’s also a high-profile sci-fi film that not only features people of color in the film, but has an actor of color, John Boyega, as the main character, Finn. Some might wonder why this is important. I’ll tell you in a personal story.  Continue reading “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: Why Finn Matters In This Galaxy and A Galaxy Far, Far Away

“Best American Poetry”: Michael Derrick Hudson’s Written Yellowface and Sherman Alexie’s Confounding Explanation

Have you heard about the craziness involving prominent writer Sherman Alexie, his editorship of Best American Poetry and the poet Yi-Fen Chou? If not, then buckle up, because this is going to be a bumpy ride.  Continue reading “Best American Poetry”: Michael Derrick Hudson’s Written Yellowface and Sherman Alexie’s Confounding Explanation

Twitter’s Latest Dragging Features Matt Damon and #Damonsplaining

If there’s anything I’ve learned from being on Twitter and from having a website, it’s always making sure that you think twice (and perhaps three times or more) about what you’re about to say and who you’re about to say it to. If, for any reason, you feel you shouldn’t say something and can, perhaps, learn something from someone else, then take the opportunity to learn, however uncomfortable that moment might be. Matt Damon didn’t take the hint during the latest episode of Project Greenlight.  Continue reading Twitter’s Latest Dragging Features Matt Damon and #Damonsplaining

“Too Street”-gate: “James Bond” Author’s Comments Reveal Racialized Class-Based Politics

Tuesday saw Idris Elba trending on Twitter. It wasn’t because of a new movie. It was because the author of the current James Bond novels said that Elba was “too street” to play the classic spy character.  Continue reading “Too Street”-gate: “James Bond” Author’s Comments Reveal Racialized Class-Based Politics

Glenn Beck Leads Huge Crowds in “Never Again is Now” March in Birmingham, AL

Seeing how I live in Birmingham, AL, I thought I knew what was happening on a day-to-day basis here. But apparently, an approximately 20.000-30,000 member march downtown can go by me, and most of the major national networks, unnoticed.  Continue reading Glenn Beck Leads Huge Crowds in “Never Again is Now” March in Birmingham, AL

Tweets from the Blackout Music & Film Festival Show Solidarity, Activism and Fun

The Blackout Music & Film Festival took place this weekend, and I’m mad I couldn’t go, seeing how I’m not in Los Angeles. But, thankfully, Twitter was able to keep me updated as to what went on. If you were like me and couldn’t go physically but was there in spirit, here’s some of what went down. Thanks, Twitter! Continue reading Tweets from the Blackout Music & Film Festival Show Solidarity, Activism and Fun

“Stonewall” Whitewashing Revealed in New Trailer

Whitewashing takes its toll again in the new trailer for Stonewall. Hollywood knows it can make people happy and angry at the same time; it’s a coup for the LGBT community and the public at large that a movie about Stonewall is even getting made. But the big aggravation is that the trailers has a white dude throwing the brick that started the movement. Continue reading “Stonewall” Whitewashing Revealed in New Trailer