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Television

O.J. and Me – A Remembrance

ESPN recently aired a highly-acclaimed five-part documentary series on the O.J. Simpson murder trial. I was a banker on Wall Street in the 1990s. I remember returning to the office one afternoon to find it almost deserted. After a brief, mystified search, I found 30–40 bankers crowded into a large office, some sitting on the […]

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Contributor Spotlight

Contributor Spotlight: Daniel Johnson

The Abernathy contributor spotlight series shines the spotlight on our brilliant authors. If you’d like to write for Abernathy, please submit your best work here. Why is writing important to you? For several reasons, writing is, for me a way to both heal myself and to attempt to heal or address longstanding issues that need […]

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Music For the Rest of Us

Vol 7: “Radio Raheem” is the Most Woke Song Out

Peace. With all of the coonin’ going on with black celebrities scared to speak up for the oppressed, the latest single from Otayo Dubb (@tayodub), titled “Radio Raheem”, gives life to all of the real ones out there. I wrote a few volumes back about what defines a real emcee, and Otayo displays his real […]

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Television

Insecurity In Atlanta: Donald Glover and Issa Rae’s New Black Media Movement

Black love, provide the adequate electric for what is lapsed and lenient in us now. Rouse us from blur, Call us. Call adequately the postponed corner brother. And call our man in the pin-stripe suiting and restore him to his abler logic; to his people. Call to the shattered sister and repair her in her […]

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Masculinity Rape Culture

The Rape of a Nation and the Reconstruction of Black Masculinity

With a month left before the 2016 presidential election, a sobering topic has emerged to dominate national discourse: rape and sexual assault. Angry at what they perceived as the lack of box office success for Nate Parker’s film Birth of a Nation, some Black men have blamed Black feminists for dampening enthusiasm and turnout of […]

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Politics

Make America Great A̶g̶a̶i̶n̶

“They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying ‘Peace! Peace!’ when there is no peace.” Jeremiah 6:14 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — […]

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Contributor Spotlight

Contributor Spotlight: Bethany Criss-June

The Abernathy contributor spotlight series shines the spotlight on our brilliant authors. If you’d like to write for Abernathy, please submit your best work here. Why is writing important to you? Writing has always been the way I share myself with the world. I’m a complete and total introvert. So when I write, I share […]

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Black Rage

For The Black Men I Love In America

“Sun don’t shine, and we all know why. Bullets be flying, so many shooting. Through the darkest times, through the darkest nights. We war, we war.” —Bullets by. Kaytranada ft. Little Dragon I have a legitimate fear for the lives of the black men that I love. A fear that I wish was irrational—however it’s […]

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Film

The Sword And The Sermon: A Review Of The Birth Of A Nation

In the course of time Moses grew up. Then he went to see his own people and watched them suffering under forced labor. He saw a Hebrew, one of his own people, being beaten by an Egyptian. He looked all around, and when he didn’t see anyone, he beat the Egyptian to death and hid […]

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Misogynoir

Kanye West, the Serial Misogynist

Kanye West serves as a particularly fruitful starting point for examining the intersection of race, masculinity and misogyny. Intentionally or unintentionally, he’s always reflected Americans as they truly are. When he needs attention he whines on Twitter. He defends Bill Cosby, a rapist. He tells us he’s going to make clothes a poor kid can […]