“I Hate Myself!”: What are Respectability Politics, and Why do Black People Subscribe to Them?

You may not be familiar with the term “respectability politics”, but you’ve heard them before.  Maybe you’ve even engaged in them.  Whether it’s Don Lemon’s recent rant, actor Romany Malco’s open letter to Trayvon Martin sympathizers following the George Zimmerman trial, Bill Cosby’s 2004 “Pound Cake speech” and even The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood’s remarks […]

You Can be “Like Mike.” I’d Rather be Like Jason.

Before yesterday, the reality was that there had never been a person in major American professional sports to discuss their being gay.  With the online release of Jason Collins’ forthcoming Sports Illustrated article, that shameful reality met its overdue demise.  At 34, Collins is at the sunset of a largely unremarkable 12-year NBA career during […]

The Blame: The Part of the Trayvon Martin Story You Don’t Want to Hear… But Need To

The Blame and the Questions On February 26th, 2012, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford, Florida.  And despite wearing your hoodie, your participation in the protest, and your indignation on behalf of injustice, if you’re reading this article, you probably helped that tragedy occur. George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, that part […]

Trayvon Martin and the Continued Plight of the Young Black Male

Editorial by: Lavell Flamon First off, I would like for anyone who is reading this to take a moment of silence in respect for the family of Treyvon Martin. Pray for them in this exceptionally difficult time as they continue to seek justice for the murder of their son. The murder of Treyvon Martin has […]

The Thanksgiving Top 10: What I Am and Am Not Thankful For

Thanksgiving is such a special day, such a special time. For me, it’s that one time of the year where I truly take a break to reflect upon the many blessings bestowed upon me by The Creator during the year…because, let’s face it, when it comes to efficiency and productivity the year is pretty much […]