So, this week the NFL officially banned taking a knee on the field. Players who do will be fined. I thought, great. Here’s another way for you to pay for being black, or to pay for caring about issues that affect black people. Not that the players are entirely without options; they can choose to … Continue reading Being Defensive In an Argument Makes You Look Weak
For weeks I’ve been trying to figure out a theme with which to resurrect my YouTube channel. I’ve literally been gone since November – the last time I posted a video – and it’s ridiculous. I’m in the content creation business, and video is huge. I’m seriously missing the boat. It’s likely I’m overthinking the … Continue reading When Communicating Tough or Divisive Topics, Employ a Little Finesse
I create a lot of content in my work. That content is used for different media, platforms and purposes, whether they’re written, spoken or visual. However, no matter what form that content ultimately takes, it’s successful reception usually comes down to two things: how I deliver a message and who I’m delivering it to, or, … Continue reading How Does Your Company Handle Reports of Employee Harassment?
For anyone in this day and age of viral messaging and live forever on the Internet culture to try and be deliberately shocking is just, kind of, boring. Being deliberately conscious of the power in your words and messages, on the other hand? That’s something. That’s powerful. That gets eyes, and it captures and holds … Continue reading Kanye, Being Deliberately Shocking Is Boring
My heart absolutely breaks for Chikesia Clemons, the 25-year-old woman who was brutally assaulted/arrested last weekend at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama. It’s really hard for me to write my blog this week. I’ve wavered, I’ve teared up, I even debated not writing anything because I knew this had to be my topic, and … Continue reading Boycott Waffle House. Let Chikesia Know She Matters
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?
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