So, actor Jussie Smollett is officially on fire. The Cook County State’s Attorney charged him with felony disorderly conduct for making a false police report, he was arrested Thursday and later released on a $100,000 bond. Until the office charge came down, I was still hoping that all the hubbub was just that, some kind of grandiose … Continue reading Jussie Smollett: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
So, by now you’ve probably heard about Gucci and the case of the blackface sweater. The luxury brand has been taking a lot of heat, as I think it should. It’s paltry in the extreme that a storied fashion house like this would be so insensitive to a key segment of its customer base. Their … Continue reading 50 Cent: Making Waves, Making Change and Burning Gucci
So, rapper 21 Savage is actually a British national. Who knew? I’m betting its news to a lot of people now that he’s in an ICE detention center. He was arrested on Sunday. I don’t know much about immigration except that it’s complicated, and it seems extremely unfair – on both sides of the issue. … Continue reading 21 Savage: Rich, Black, and Foreign
R. Kelly has everyone bugging. Or should I say, that Lifetime special about “Surviving R. Kelly” has everyone bugging. It’s pathetic, disgusting and miserably sad that it took a TV documentary to produce a decent amount of outrage for his actions. That creature’s crimes against women aren’t new. They’re literally decades old. One of those tongue in … Continue reading People Really Need to Shut Up about R. Kelly
There’s a certain amount of arrogance in choosing to remain silent. There’s also resolve. You could throw in some privilege, a hint of the spoiled, disgruntled and the rock solid certainty that what has gone before absolutely does not definite what is or what will be. I’m talking about myself here. But I’m also talking … Continue reading Silence, Armchair Activism, and Award Shows: Why More Men Should Speak Out
So, Ellen wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars. You may have heard that Hart took himself out of consideration for the role after trolls dug up some old – for old read 2009-ish – homophobic tweets. They used these as evidence that he’s a terrible person who shouldn’t be given such a fabulous opportunity, … Continue reading Kevin Hart, Who Wins? Trolls or the Oscars?
I saw Aquaman on Christmas Day and loved it. Jason Momoa’s carefree, hippie superhero was charming and engaging, and there were even a few black people in the film. A very few, two really, but both had lines and a prominent role in the story line. They were also atypical. No one was on drugs, … Continue reading Aquaman Shows Us Why Representation Matters
I don’t know much about Indian culture. In fact, the closest I’ve been to any is second-hand stories from my friend Deanna, a fabulous movie called “Lion” starring Dev Patel, and my nephew, who is currently in Calcutta or thereabouts on a tour of Asia. I do know that actress Priyanka Chopra is Indian, and … Continue reading Here’s Wishing Priyanka and Nick the Best, Mariah Smith
Ordinarily I’m not one to congratulate anyone for doing what they’re supposed to do. I tend to make fun of people who orate at length about how great they are for behaving the right way. You know, because we’re adults, and that’s how we should roll? You know what I mean. Men who brag that … Continue reading Ellen Pompeo, Thank You for Speaking the Truth