Ooh Kill ‘Em!: Black Male Mentoring and Fictive Kinship

I love the South.  I love country folks.  I love country Black folks from the South.  I have two of them for parents.  And if you have them southern roots (pronounced “ruhtz”) like I do, you probably have more “play cousins” than you can count. “Play cousins?” For those of you without it, I’ll give you […]

“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 […]

“Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” Book Review

“There have always been class distinctions in the black community,” Robinson says, “but what I believe we’ve seen is an increasing distance between two large groups, which I identify as the Mainstream and the Abandoned.”