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Nike and Kaepernick Want You to Believe in Something – Their Bottomline

Jemele Hill in what is probably one of her last acts as an employee at ESPN wrote an op-ed today for The Undefeated about Nike’s 30th Anniversary of the “Just Do It” Campaign that features Colin Kaepernick. In the piece, Hill speaks the absolute truth, but in doing so she unwittingly undermines the whole notion of speaking truth to power, the very thing that she supposedly did that brought her...

Interview on NPR’s The Takeaway on Gospel Music

Following the article I did on gospel music for The Undefeated, WYNC’s The Takeaway invited me on the show to discuss the state of gospel in the wake of Aretha Franklin’s passing. Before Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, made a mark with mainstream hits, she was a gospel icon. Like many famous singers, her career began in the church. Aretha’s father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, was a famous...

King in the Wilderness

I watched the HBO documentary King in the Wilderness last night. It was a first person account of the last year of MLK’s life from those in his inner-circle who are still alive. A dozen years removed from his entrance onto the national stage with his leadership during the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and just a few years since the historic I Have a Dream speech and the landmark Civil Rights...

The NFL is a TV Show and Covets its Audience More than its Players

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the national anthem protests around police brutality spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick in 2016, many pundits have said that the NFL is like a TV Show and that the protests are bad for ratings and thus bad for advertisers and business.  The collision of the announcement of the decision by the NFL, to in essence outlaw protests during the national anthem...

Wynton Marsalis, Hip Hop and Robert E. Lee

My friend and former colleague, Grammy Award and Pulitzer prize winning artist Wynton Marsalis made a statement during an appearance on Jonathan Capehart’s podcast Cape Up that has set the internet ablaze.  During an interview promoting his new work The Ever Funky Lowdown, a piece for jazz orchestra, voice with narration that critiques the tribal game that is used to exploit us all, Capehart was...

Charles Barkley’s Behavior Is Getting Out of Hand

The NBA has evolved in many ways over the years. The game is more perimeter oriented and teams are moving towards position-less players who can play and defend at all positions. As the game is evolving, many are lamenting the loss of the rough and tumble aspects of the game. Unfortunately in yearning for yesterday, the analysis of the game in some ways is devolving. They can’t seem to let...

Kendrick Wins the Pulitzer Prize – Is the Butterfly Being Pimped?

Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for Music yesterday for his album DAMN.  I have been fortunate to have worked in the arts, particularly the black arts for the past 20 + years and have had a close direct and indirect relationship with former black Pulitzer Prize winners.  I was VP and Producer at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC where I worked alongside Wynton Marsalis, who won the prize for...

Black Panther and the Importance of Art as Propaganda

February 16, 2018 reminds me of November 4, 2008.  The only thing in recent memory that I can equate to the response and anticipation of the release of Marvel’s Black Panther in the black community is the 2008 election of Barack Obama.  I haven’t seen as much hoopla, hype and hysteria come from black folks about the likes of Wakanda and Afrofuturism since the days of “Hope and...

Bob McNair, Racial Habits and the Man in the Mirror

It has been said that true integrity is when one’s thoughts, words and actions are aligned and consistent. The latest public figure whose words have caused us to call their integrity into question is the owner of the  Houston Texans, Bob McNair. During an Oct 18th private meeting of NFL owners, executives and player union representatives, McNair said in reference to the players and their...

Polarization and the Need for Common Ground

A troubling trend sweeping across these so-called United States of America is polarization. We are increasingly being asked, or in some cases required, to choose one side or the other on many issues on the political and cultural landscape. This polarization is undoubtedly affecting how people feel about racism and racial discrimination in the country.  A recent poll conducted by NPR, the Robert...

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