Say “No” to NPR Making “Tell Me More” No More


Richard Prince, one of my favorite journalists who writes about journalists, broke my heart the other day when he posted on his Journalisms blog that Tell Me More, an NPR staple since 2007, was being canceled. Tell Me More, which is hosted by Michel Martin, was one of the best shows on NPR and was the only show targeting a diverse audience.

Also, Martin is my friend and I don’t know if I’m fully prepared to “accept” that this show is being sacrificed for NPR’s financial bottom line. And I don’t think we, as fellow writers, journalists, friends of Michel and listeners should simply “accept” it either. Continue reading

He Said/She Said

Black Women and the Savior Complex


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I can rebuild him. I can make him stronger.” — whispers the soft heart of some black woman somewhere.

Black people have problems. That’s a bit of an understatement, but while some better off than we used to me, so many of us are worse since the Civil Rights actions of the 1960s. So it’s only natural that we want to help each other out. That we want to give back. That we want to be there for each other. And when it comes to black women, that is specifically about black men — any black man really — who we have determined is in need of saving and fiercely protecting. Continue reading

Jada Prather

How’s Your Afro Doing This Days?

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After not making a T-shirt or new swag item in forever, I’ve collaborated with my friend and illustrator Jada Prather to create some new T-shirts fitting of readers of new and old. Because I love hair (and I have a lot of it), the first few shirts are hair-themed, including this one that proudly proclaims one’s ‘fro is “like whoa.” You can get different versions of it right now on Zazzle. So check them out!


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“It’s fascinatingly ridiculous. It kinda feels like how y’know when you were like five-years-old and you were playing pretend and started making up things you thought an adult would say. But you’re five and have no clue how that works. That’s why it’s so fascinating because they don’t actually have that excuse for not knowing being that they are adults.” — my friend and illustrator, Jada Prather, on “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s” acting

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5 Reasons Why Solange Tried to Beat Up Her Sister’s Husband, Jay Z

Or … “Don’t Fight Your Brother-in-law”

There are, um, a few reasons why singer/songwriter Solange Knowles decided to go H.A.M. on her brother-in-law, Jay Z, while her infinitely more famous sister, Beyonce Knowles, just kind of stood there fixing her dress.

1. He looked at her funny.*

2. She was drunk and took something the wrong way. (Mean drunks are the worst.)

3. Jay Z insulted her or her sister.

4. The Illuminati **

5. She has never, ever liked her sister’s husband. Continue reading


MOVIE REVIEW: A “Belle” In Great Britain


Amma Asante discusses why she created a film about the real-life “Belle” with Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center. It was Bernard and her sister, Nicole, who hosted a viewing of “Belle” in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

belleGrowing up, like a lot of little girls, I enjoyed “Fairy Tales.” But not the weird “Princess culture” fairy tales of today, but the dark, weird Grimm Fairy tales that, when you really thought about it, were quite disturbing. Hence, when I saw “The Little Mermaid” as a kid, I’d already read the source material and was relieved when it didn’t end in suicide.

(Even if it had sort of lost that whole, “Don’t give up your life and talent for some dude you just met” lesson by making it all worth it for the titular Mermaid in the end.)

Amma Assante’s “Belle,” is a bit like a modern fairy tale. The main character isn’t a princess, but there is a certain “Cinderella” element to the story, where a young, “mulatto” motherless street urchin is picked up and whisked away to a life of excess when she learns her father is a kind aristocrat.  Continue reading