Cosby vs. Dyson, Who Wins? Nigerians

To the two people named in the title, I seek your forgiveness in advance for making your public orations the catalyst for this entry. But on second thought, I’m 100% certain that this is what you wanted to do anyway. To the rest of society, forgive me for insinuating that the two figures above are […]

The Charge: What Barack Obama’s Win Means for Black Men

The nation has spoken. Barack Obama of Honolulu, Hawaii is, will become, our next president in January. He comes to the Commander-in-Chief role facing the most daunting challenge of any U.S. president in 80 years. A war on two fronts (Afghanistan and Iraq), terrorists’ threats and the ubiquitous economic woes await him. He is charged […]

The Blame Game

At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art. Then life will find its very existence from the arts. -Fyodor Dostoevsky, circa 1841- 1881 The tragic homicides of Darnell Donerson and Jason Hudson, safe to say, caught a few people’s attention around my parts. The question of whether fame is the bait that attracts […]

The Perils of Heart

Tim Thomas came out of Villanova in 1997 touted as a can’t miss prospect. He was a 6’10 basketball player who could shoot the lights out, run like a gazelle, jump like a kangaroo and take you to the hole, all with equal dexterity. He played high school basketball in the same area as Kobe […]

Rules to the Game

by Zettler Clay The King stay the King.   This is not a tribute to The Wire. There will plenty of time for that later. This is the acknowledgement that certain arts get it when it comes to certain topics. When it comes to the topic of black masculinity, this show hits it right on […]

Bi-Partisan Parenthood

by Zettler Clay:: I was raised in an environment where whippings were doled out like credit cards on a college campus. Yet, I was spared from quite a few as well. I was in somebody’s church every Sunday, listening to somebody’s gospel album every day and immersed in the rudiments of Scripture. Yet, I was […]

Ousmane Sembene: Father of African Film

Ousmane Sembene Early life The son of a fisherman, Ousmane Sembène was born in Ziguinchor in Casamance to a Muslim Wolof family. He went to an Islamic school (common for many boys in Senegal) and to the French school, learning French and basic Arabic in addition to his mother tongue, Wolof. He had to leave […]