Song of the Day – ‘Remember the Time’

  Happy MLK weekend everyone! Some of the Black Panther conversations I’ve had this week turned into ‘What other pop culture things felt like everyone had to see it right away (before we had social media)?’ Michael Jackson video premieres definitely were on the list, thus today’s choice (particularly with the cast, setting and director […]

2016

  Taking stock of the past twelve months… For the first time (within one calendar year), I auditioned as Othello, Dr. King, and Malcolm X for different stage productions across town. Malcolm came post-November, and it was ‘Nation of Islam Minister Malcolm X’ at that.  I would have given Denzel a run for his money […]

‘Selma’

  She did it. That’s the simple but accurate description of what Ava DuVernay has accomplished with ‘Selma’.  The (still criminally) short list of Hollywood backed films about black history, where black characters are actually the centerpiece of the story, has another worthy entry.  From the opening sequence which contrasts King’s Nobel Peace Prize winning […]

‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’

  Alright, let’s start here.  I fully acknowledge I’m WAY too invested emotionally in this one.  So I’m not going to try to tell you this is the ‘best’ of the several great Ali documentaries.  It’s easily one of my favorites though. And why?  Because THIS is the one that finally tries to go into […]

The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

Stokely Carmichael. Assata Shakur. Angela Davis. Bobby Seale. Huey P. Newton.  For my generation, if you grew up around a certain dynamic those are all names you knew and heard about often, without living through the Experience.  “The Black Power Mixtape” is a well-edited documentary that casts an eye on what those times were like […]

A Day Later

When something dramatic happens, I try (if I can) to wait a day before really reacting to it.  The gut reaction is usually the right one, but emotions can severely cloud judgment as well. So to go from the initial reports (‘The President is making an announcement, and it can’t wait until tomorrow’) which create […]

King

  Like most black kids of my generation, I had the idea that Dr. King was ‘somebody’ before I had any real concept of who that ‘somebody’ was.  It was his picture and Jesus on the back of our church fans.  At my grandfather’s house, there were two pictures in the house that weren’t family: […]

Building the Dream

  I was approached recently and asked if I would be willing to use this space to help promote a ’cause’.  I have several personal ‘connections’ to this particular cause so I’m more than happy to use this space to help out. Several years ago, the idea of a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in […]