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I live in a constant state of early 90s.
When college rock was good, and black people were still on TV.

     I’m not saying I’m Naomi Campbell. But. You ain’t ever seen both of us in the same room, so…

10:38 pm  •  22 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| naomi campbell| drunk posts|

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     I’m about to lose it in this office and act ignorant.

Some Incompetent Useless Person:  Thanks for calling So & So, my name is Useless and Unhelpful.  What can I do for you?

Me:  (deep breath)  I need this thing.  Do you have it?

SIUP:  Sure!  I’ll check on that for you.  May I place you on a brief hold?

Me:  That’s fine.

**15 minutes of hold music later**

SIUP: Thanks for calling So & So, my name is Dizzy Bitch Who Can’t Do Her Job, What can I do for you?


2:26 pm  •  22 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| office problems| work problems| annoyed| rant|

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     Keep the negative comments about the Ice Bucket Challenge to yourself.

A positive thing is happening.  We’re paying attention to an illness that most of us have never even heard of.  Why so much negativity?  If you personally feel like the effort is a waste of time and energy, that’s perfectly fine, but there’s no reason to keep harping on it all over the Internet.  Social media affects mood subconsciously, and once that tone takes over, the mood shifts and more of us begin to feel it’s a waste of time whether that was your original intention or not.

I see the same criticisms about the Ice Bucket Challenge over and over and these are some of the most used.

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12:33 pm  •  22 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| als| lou gehrig's disease| ice bucket challenge| news| health| medicine| nih| social media|

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     First Thing’s First…..

If you answer with “I’m da realest” instead of “obey your thirst” we can’t go together.

10:39 am  •  22 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| sprite| 90s| iggy azalea|

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     How to answer when a white person says, “The police won’t bother you if you haven’t done anything wrong.”

Some people are willfully ignorant…but some people just don’t know what they have no reason to know.

There are a lot of white people in this country who engage with minorities on the Internet in conversations about race and police harassment and profiling who don’t “see” it.  They don’t understand why some Black people are so upset with law enforcement and why we have a hair trigger in cases like Michael Brown, because that’s not the life they lead.  If — and this is a very big if — those white people have had any interactions with the police whatsoever, the situation was probably respectful, calm, and a minor disruption without an overwhelming fear of physical force.  

When I’ve been stopped by the police, not only is there an overwhelming sense of annoyance at being stopped for no reason other than being brown, but there’s the very real fear of the unknown because anything could happen once you’re stopped by the police.  I got stopped because I “fit the description” which is code for being a young Black male, and I didn’t know if I would end up in Rikers for the next three years waiting on a trial to clear my name of a charge I had nothing to do with.  (That still happens, in case you’ve forgotten.)

So this is a good explanation from  for all of us to remember when we find ourselves in conversations with white people who don’t have that experience of being terrified of law enforcement.

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3:50 pm  •  21 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| michael brown| ferguson| race| white privilege| police| cops| gene demby|

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     TN student kicked out of class for saying “Bless You.”


Kendra turner was kicked out of class for saying “Bless you” after a student sneezed.  Says Turner, “[the teacher] said we’re not gonna have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right.”  So, the teacher sent Turner to in-school suspension to finish out the period, and now the whole community is upset that religious liberties are being trampled on in school.

But you know Turner left out whatever REALLY caused the teacher to kick her out of class and I can’t believe the news is wasting time on this child.

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1:03 pm  •  21 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| bible belt| tennessee| christians| education| public school| the south| news| religion| kendra turner|

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     This is how you know your rent is about to go up:


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5:51 pm  •  20 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| gentrification| harlem| nyc| me|

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     Hold a voter registration drive for #Ferguson.

Missouri Republicans are letting their true colors show in response to voting drives being held in Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death to get more Black people registered to vote.

If you’re looking for a way to channel your anger and really help fight systematic racism, hold a voting drive in your own community in honor of Ferguson.  You’re not the only one who’s upset and you’re not the only one paying attention, so remind people that change comes in the voting booth.

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2:58 pm  •  20 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| ferguson| voting| vra| race| politics| news|

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