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?
This is my last blog before we usher in the next President of the United States. Wow. That’s something. I’m having trouble imagining what my life will be like should either candidate assume the Presidential mantle, but one question keeps going through my head on a loop: have these crazy political campaigns finally and officially … Continue reading Double Standards Are Alive, Well and On Your Ballot
I’ve often thought it might help to curtail police brutality and murder if white and black, or white and some other minority, officers were routinely paired up as partners. Partners spend lots of time together each day. They eat together, travel together, and they act in concert, often in dangerous situations where their safety – … Continue reading Step Into My (Virtual Reality) Shoes
Last week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson addressed some 1,700 ERG members about race. Not about business and race or the future or new products and services in a racial context – he spoke candidly about race, period. He began by addressing the latest news from Dallas, Charlotte, police and black men killed – you’ve likely … Continue reading AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is a Boss
I’m not one for contemplating the big questions. You know: Why are we here? Does God exist? What’s the meaning of life? I disdained philosophy in college. I had a headache the entire class because my eyes were constantly rolling, and no question ever seemed to have an answer. I’m big on answers: We’re here … Continue reading What Are You Scared Of?
Hollywood remains a cut above when it comes to industries actively trying to correct their diversity issues. You know, as opposed to some lukewarm acknowledgement of a problem and vague, ephemeral plans to work on a solution. This week FX CEO John Landgraf went on record saying that he’s made significant changes to ensure the … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Diversity Action
Forget the dozens of people killed and more than a 100 who were injured in the Istanbul Ataturk Airport bombing in Turkey this week. The speech actor and activist Jesse Williams gave at last Sunday’s BET Awards is still a hot topic if the plethora of posts circulating the web are any indication. I didn’t … Continue reading We Can’t Win Without White People
I didn’t cry when I heard about the Orlando shooting. And for a minute there I was worried I’d become completely inured to this kind of cruelty. I barely reacted at all, none of my signature faces, no curled lips or disgusted head shaking. It was troubling. I never want to be so desensitized to … Continue reading There Will Be Blood