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HBO’s Insecure and How Lawrence Sucks (But I’ll Still Cape for Him)

Insecure is a brilliant show. It highlights complex black people, with real experiences. Their actions feel authentic and their dialog feels natural. One of the show’s characters is Lawrence, the live-in boyfriend of main character, Issa. We’re introduced to their relationship in turmoil. They rebound, but Issa ends up cheating on him. Lawrence is far […]

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Six Random Thoughts on President-Elect Trump

It’s been one week since half of America decided that the country should be best led by Donald Trump, AKA the living embodiment of the Twitter Egg Avi, and I’m still shell-shocked. I’ve accepted the results, but it still doesn’t feel real. His rumored transition team looks like a real-life Legion of Doom, led by […]

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Marvel’s Luke Cage is Black AF

I’m a big, broad-shouldered black man from Uptown NYC who was raised on comic books. I liked certain heroes, but I couldn’t identify with any of them. They didn’t look like me. They didn’t come from where I came from, nor did they go to the places that I went to. It wasn’t until I […]

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The Get Down: A Must Watch

I binge-watched every episode of The Get Down that was available. I normally don’t binge-watch because I hate the feeling of yearning and emptiness after I finish. The Get Down is addictive. It was impossible for me to resist hitting “next” on my screen. The Get Down is a lot of things. That’s not surprising, considering that it’s helmed […]

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2016 VMAs: Missed Shots and Bey Slay

MTV doesn’t play music videos. They don’t even play music. The fact MTV still does the VMAs is absurd. I am the definition of the lapsed MTV viewer. The last time that I actively devoted my time to MTV was when the great RJ Berger used to bless channel with his greatness. I find more entertainment value […]

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Nate Parker and Thinking Critically

Nate Parker is at the center of controversy. Two months ahead of the release of his highly anticipated movie, Birth of a Nation, his 1999 sexual assault charges have come up. Many Black folks are disappointed with him, specifically with his commentary regarding that time in his life. Some people are boycotting his film as a result. […]

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Suicide Squad Review

Suicide Squad was something I was looking forward to ever since it was announced. I remember watching Assault on Arkham and thought that it was amazing. The idea of a cast featuring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Ike Barinholtz bringing that to life made me all tingly. Couple that with Ben […]

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I Am Black

I Am Frightened. I’m a black man who’s supposed to be willing to bring children into this world with my wife. I’m scared that either they’ll be taken away from me, or that I’ll be taken away from them. Someone else’s preconceived notions about the color of our skin are the main culprits to any […]

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Game of Thrones Season 6 Awards

Another year, another season of Game of Thrones is in the books! I know I’m six years late to the game, but considering that I binged through four and a half seasons a year ago to catch up, I feel like I owe it to you guys to give my commentary on this past season. […]

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Black Twitter vs Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake is relevant today because he said some pretty weak shit on Twitter following the Spirit Bomb of Blackness that was Jesse Williams’s incredible speech at the 2016 BET Awards. You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. Let’s talk about it. Look man, I like the homie’s music, and I like his Southern Hospitality restaurant, but […]