September 29, 2015

 

One of the first gun purchase transactions I participated in was at local bodega in Brooklyn. A buddy and I went to the store after hours and made the business transaction through the Plexiglas window as if we were buying a half-gallon of milk.  That gun eventually gr...

July 2, 2015

 

This is prom season for high school students. Just last week, my neighbor’s son stood outside my Bed-Stuy apartment building in his all white suit waiting for his ride to take him and his date to their prom. His mom laid out a red rug as her homemade version of a red...

May 26, 2015

 

Her name was Shaka and we were in the fifth grade when I decided to kick her square in the stomach. Even though I had a huge crush on her, Shaka’s pain did not matter to me. It didn’t matter to our laughing peers either. Shaka’s pain was irrelevant as I asserted my pr...

May 11, 2015

 

 

Black and Brown people are not cartoon characters. We do not not run through bullets, breathe while being strangled, or rip our own spines. We also evolve and do not wear the same clothes everyday for years like a tv cartoon series. We are not Bart Simpson’s that are...

April 6, 2015

Girl jumped in Brooklyn brawl

Aniah Ferguson, arrested for leading the brawl at the Flatbush McDonald’s

“Stop all this pacifying the wrongs of our race and call those beasts out for their barbaric behaviors.”

A close friend sent this text message to me after she saw the f...

January 5, 2015

 

“50, ya’ll”

            Those are the words—a number separated by a contraction, of my comrade, Esther Armah. As this stalwart of journalism, known for the radical concept of Emotional Justice, celebrated her fiftieth birthday, with that declaratory Facebook post along...

January 5, 2015

Dear Baby Logan,

I remember when my nephew, your Daddy, was ready to be born 26 years ago. I vividly recall standing in the small hallway of our 1-bedroom apartment on Nostrand Ave in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where six of us lived, and praying to Jehovah, “I promise tha...

January 5, 2015

Every year The Fortune Society welcomes and services over 5,000 returning citizens from incarceration. Some come from decades of incarceration while others seek alternatives to incarceration, and may have only spent a day or two in jail. As is often done in these horri...

December 5, 2014

Let's be clear. Infuriation over the abuse and murder of Black people at the hands of law enforcement should not be construed as a neglect of everyday violence that occurs way too often in local communities. In fact, there is a direct connection between the internalize...

November 8, 2014

 

My day usually begins with me checking my phone for the latest overnight news...on instagram. Label me shallow or lame, but it's my social media and I will look at it if I want to. After about six or seven swipes down my instagram feed I see the following meme:

 

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