The end of the year is prime time for reflection. People make resolutions, vowing to start new habits to enrich or improve – or both – their lives, and I’m no different. Except, I’ve already started. I have two big goals not just for 2020, but for the rest of my life, and they’re related: … Continue reading Is Shut Up a Bad Word(s)?
My mother said something last Sunday that I can’t stop thinking about. She said, ‘if I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t have raised you in an all-white environment. It wasn’t good for you.’ Then she shared a few stories from my early childhood, mostly school tales featuring my smart, but spoiled, … Continue reading Even Smart Black People Make Mistakes About Race
Silly nuggets like this week’s story about New York Times columnist Bret Stephens probably don’t deserve a blog. But I’m going to give some attention to what we can cheerfully call, “the bedbug incident,” as a cautionary tale for anyone who ends up as the butt of a public joke. It’s amazing that we still … Continue reading The Pitiful Tale of Bret Stephens, the Two-Line Tweet and Becoming This Week’s Media Bug-aboo
So, Democratic Presidential candidate and current New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is all over the news this week for his use of a popular colloquialism referencing Kool-Aid – sigh – during the second night of CNN’s Democratic primary debate. It was funny, and he handled the ridicule in the aftermath well. But man. Talk about cringe … Continue reading Cory Booker, There’s Colloquialism and There’s the Presidential Debate
So, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) got some heat – shocker – for allegedly using a southern, “Black”-tinged drawl while speaking at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network event last week. Atlantic Editor John McWhorter wrote an interesting piece defending AOC, saying that she slipped into a pattern of speech that is likely entirely natural given her upbringing in close … Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Code Switched – It’s Not the End of the World
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
They say everything happens when it’s supposed to. Timing is everything. You get information when you need it most. When you’re ready for the lesson, the teacher will appear, that sort of thing. I believe that, and never more so than today. I was talking to a friend. We’ve known each other for 20 years … Continue reading Can You Handle the Truth?
I almost titled this blog ‘Kanye West and the Art of Not So Public Speaking,’ but that didn’t cover the nuances of the truly awful televised meeting he had with the President this week. I would not consider myself a sensitive person. I don’t get overly emotional about many topics. The only real triggers I … Continue reading Kanye West, Train Wrecks and Political Exploitation
So, Bette Midler, a singer/actress I’ve enjoyed for many many years – who didn’t love Beaches? – sent out a few controversial tweets this week using the n-word. I’ve always liked Midler. She’s a great singer, for one, a true entertainer, and she made it big being different. She made herself a star by not fitting … Continue reading If You’re Not Black, Don’t Say the N-Word