Categories
Music

The Tidal Next Time: Jay-Z’s Examination of Wealth, Race, and Self

“For black America needs a politics whose first mission isn’t the reinforcement of the idea of black America; and a discourse of race that isn’t centrally concerned with preserving the idea of race and racial unanimity. We need something we don’t yet have: a way of speaking about black poverty that doesn’t falsify the reality […]

Categories
Personal Essay

The Danger of a Single Story

“The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.” – Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Recently I was reminded of the danger of a single story during a lecture by Robert […]

Categories
Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight: Yasmin Mattox

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-technical founders. Complete this form to submit your profile. What is your current role and where do you work? I work in higher education, specifically in urban entrepreneurship, and I am also the Founder & CEO of Arkatecht, LLC, a […]

Categories
Fatherhood Fathers Day

A Father’s Love

My first clear memory in life is of me standing in the doorway of my childhood home and watching my mother being beaten by my father. I have no memory of anything leading up to this moment nor of what transpired immediately afterwards. My father would eventually leave us, and so begins the rest of […]

Categories
Black Literature

Distinguished Archives: Connecting Black Male Legacies to Journaling

A note from the author: I am the woman who founded Distinguished Archives, a journaling workshop service, and I facilitated this workshop specifically with men of color in mind, although all men are welcome. The experience, to say the least, has been an honor. Jasonn Denard, a married father of two, shared that he hadn’t […]

Categories
Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight: Maxime Paul

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-technical founders. Complete this form to submit your profile. What is your current role and where do you work? I currently work at Jaguar Land Rover’s Open Software Technology Center in Portland, OR. I’m the Collaboration Technical Product Lead there. […]

Categories
Masculinity

Fresh Dressed: Fashion and Black Masculinity in Pro Sports

“For me to sit here and tell you I wasn’t the best-dressed, I would be lying to you.” -Jamal Adams, 2017 NFL Draft Where can you find Christian Louboutins, pink blazers, and lots of floral prints? If you said the Kentucky Derby or an Alpha Kappa Alpha soiree you would be wrong. No, this was […]

Categories
Music Personal Essay

Thank You Kendrick

Fall 2013, I was a Junior at Georgia State University taking four courses. One of those being a dreadful Biology class that I had grown so tired of as the semester came to a close. A four-page paper was due in two days and procrastination had gotten the best of me yet again. It was […]

Categories
Narrative

This Evening At Kwon’s

T his evening at Kwon’s Chinese Food in Pomona some brotha had called his order in. He wanted extra shrimp, yet didn’t want it put on his rice until he got there and could observe the operation. So he shows up looking all crazy. “Yeah, it’s me. The Shrimp Nigga. Order 162.” The girl brought […]

Categories
Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight: Kevin Sapp

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-technical founders. Complete this form to submit your profile. What is your current role and where do you work? I am a Systems Engineer for LinkedIn, which recently celebrated a milestone of 500 million users. At LinkedIn, I work on […]