So, Starbucks is on fire this week because last week, two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested for being black – pardon, suspicion of trespassing – in a Philadelphia store. Apparently the two men were waiting there for a third party to have a meeting when one asked to use the restroom. … Continue reading Starbucks and Bias: a Common Tale of Two Black Men in a Store
Dude. It is seriously Friday the 13th. I have been having communication issues all day long! First I missed a meeting because I was running my mouth with a buddy/client and not paying attention to the time. Then I ran off at the mouth on Twitter without fully understanding what I was responding to. Once … Continue reading 2 Communications Tips You Need to Remember on Friday the 13th and Every Day
So, The Atlantic fired conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson this week. Many criticized Editor Jeffrey Goldberg when he hired Williamson last month because of his anti-abortion views – views he expressed clearly in a 2014 Twitter exchange where he likened abortion to any other premeditated homicide deserving of a similar punishment up to and including … Continue reading The Atlantic vs Kevin D. Williamson: Media for the Win?
The March for Our Lives events last weekend drew more than 1 million people. The biggest event happened in DC, where hundreds of thousands of people of all ages rallied in support of gun control. It was epic. It’s got to be the biggest youth-created rally I can ever recall seeing, and I’m here for … Continue reading Mainstream Media, March for My Life
Excuse me, Scott Mendelson? I’ma need you to find your mind quick, ‘cuz I’m pretty sure you lost it. His Forbes piece “Box Office: Black Panther’ Should Terrify Every Hollywood Studio” starts off ok, running down the film’s stats and comparing it to some other heavy box office hitters in recent history. But things quickly take … Continue reading Geez, When Did Success Become Toxic? When It’s Black Success
So, Rihanna let Snapchat have it this week for running an ad that she says is insensitive toward domestic violence. Of course, the social media platform quickly apologized, but Riri was not having it. I don’t blame her. Using her image and name in a game of Would You Rather where the choices are slap … Continue reading Snapchat, Rihanna Does Not Accept Your Apology
So, yeah. Rachel Dolezal has a new documentary coming out on Netflix, “The Rachel Divide.” Cue gag reflex. My eyebrows legit met my hairline when I saw this story. I thought about it, but ultimately I can’t get my back into a blog denouncing Netflix as a heretic for airing this misguided pathetic-ness. At the end … Continue reading Why Won’t Rachel Dolezal Go Away?
I’d like to give a shout out to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for owning up to the social media platform’s problems this week. Or, do I? In a series of tweets published yesterday Dorsey said he’s tried to combat Twitter’s issues, but acknowledged that its primarily reactive efforts aren’t enough. He “didn’t anticipate the amount … Continue reading Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Owns Up to Platform’s Abuse Problem – Again
So, Janelle Monae knocked everyone’s eyes and ears out this week releasing two songs from her upcoming 3rd album “Dirty Computer.” “Django Jane” is an unapologetic female empowerment jam where she knocks mansplaining and tells the world, there’s no point in denying the power of melanin or femininity considering how well both have been performing … Continue reading Janelle Monae: Let It Hang, Let It Bounce, Take a Risk