Language is very important when considering the appropriate feeling about the history of black slavery from the perspective of a black person, because as a black man there is definitely strong feelings when the topic of slavery is brought up. For clear context in this particular article, when I refer to slavery, I am specifically talking about the transatlantic slave trade which started in the 16th Century. Continue reading Should I feel proud about slavery?
Tenacious, practical, intelligent and with a deep thirst for knowledge. Given all the real barriers to progression Carver had against him it is amazing how much greatness he was able to achieve. I hope the younger black generations can use Carver as a positive example of triumph over adversity. Excuses are for the apathetic and lazy.
Colourism is a hot topic in social circles these days, with plenty of ‘celebrities’ landing themselves in hot water because of their negative opinions on darker skinned people. Through the historical searches of social media platforms, these ‘celebrities’ have been found out to have said derogatory things about dark skinned people, specifically darker skinned women, and now they’re being chastised for it. Continue reading Colourism
America has been on a super black bullet train the past few months with Black Lives Matter, police shootings and Kanye West. Race has been a hot topic recently and the black social warriors are aiming their proverbial spears at anything that’s white, has dreadlocks and moves. Cultural appropriation is a sociological concept where members of the dominant culture adopts elements of the minority culture. The minority culture can view these actions by the dominant culture as disrespectful and can be seen as treating what has real cultural significance as fashion or toys. Continue reading Cultural Appropriation
There is a current trail of thought amongst young black men and women which makes many of them refer to themselves as Kings and Queens. From a young age , black children have been bombarded with stories, imagery and historical facts about slavery which has had a negative psychological effect. Whether its depicted as fact or fiction, to constantly endure the negative depictions of weak, troubled, violent, abused, tortured, struggling black people of the past and present will leak into the forefront of all people’s mind and add to stereotypes, reduce self esteem, cloud judgements and determine behaviour. Continue reading Bro, Fam or King
He knelt during the national anthem at a football game, to draw attention to police brutality and the unfair treatment of minority people in America. This caused huge outrage throughout America with even the President having something to say on Twitter. The far right especially have been emotionally hurt by this American Footballers knee drop saying that its disrespectful to their flag. Continue reading Colin Kaepernick – The media hype train
Throughout most cultures fair skin has been a look people what to attain disregarding their natural complexion. Bleaching is rampant throughout the Caribbean, Africa & Asia and we have seen the level of usage go up exponentially in the past couple of decades because our worlds have become increasingly self-reflective. Continue reading Complexion shouldn’t be complex
12 Years a Slave & Django Unchained are Oscar winners, but which did you prefer?
I preferred Django Unchained to 12 years a slave, no contest. I’m one of those people who doesn’t think many films made in Hollywood deserve much intellectual merit. The depiction of slavery was accurate yes, and I’ve read enough about slavery to grasp that. Roots, Confessions of Nat Turner, and Beloved are all good reads. But to hear Nigger…this and Nigger that, watch horrid torturous scenes, seeing little black children treated like animals, (and once again), black women raped was demoralising. I kept imagining it was me getting whipped, beaten, shackled and spat on and it was a surreal feeling. Thanks Steve McQueen, your doing a wonderful job representing your own race.