Between Rage and Mourning

As my heart weeps for the unarmed man, a Black man who was shot 5 times in the back by a White police officer. One a father to be, and the other a father of four. How could this have escalated from a broken tail light? I don’t want to believe that a police officer…

Message To Scholars of Color

I hear you, and you are not alone. I know what it feels like to step into academe, to face students and faculty who don’t look like you and give you the vibe of “unwantedness.” (Sorry grammarly, I am not going to change this word because yes, I am saying unWANTEDness.   We are sometimes…

To Thee I Will Sing: No Justice, No Peace. (2 of 4 postings)

November 29, 2014 – December 22, 2014.  (These are the start dates and finish dates for each essay in the “To Thee I Will Sing” essay series). Round two.  Examining “national and historic narratives of race.” In 1998, President Clinton developed a wide sweeping initiative to examine race related health disparities.   I am one of…

Triumph of Selma: Duvernay’s Cinematic Mastery of Blackness While Walking The Tight Wire of Whiteness

I saw the explosive, powerful, and touching movie, #Selma.   Selma is one of my all time favorite movies because of its touching portrayal of human complexity created within narrow psychological margins.  Selma also tries to correct the cinematic over-emphasis of the over-indulgence of seeing Black history through Black male experience. The movie recasts the lives of African Americans…

The Drip-Drip Method: I JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU MY FORGIVENESS -S1/E8

Previously on Episode 7: Miss Wilson tells ReeRee about ReeRee’s father, Becker.   This is what Miss Wilson said about the enslaved Black man that she loved–“I loved your father. You may never understand but having you near me all of these years has kept my love for him in my heart. I still remember…

Being an ally is understanding and validating the worldview of that group

I am pleased to have the permission of my dear friend, Tara Edwards to post this wonderful essay.  Tara is the first of many (I hope) guest writer/blogger on the Pancake Diaries. As you know we are engaged in lots of peaceful protests and conversations about racism, oppression, power, and police brutality in our country….

Strange Fruit: N-Words and Buzz Sumo

The use of the N word is alive and well.  Using Buzz Sumo (http://buzzsumo.com/), a company that has developed an algorithm that uses bots to comb the net searching for relevant content.  The user inputs a search term and Buzz Sumo then tallies all of the mentions, video, posts, and comments across social media sites. …

The Drip-Drip Method: Called to Order S1/E1

The Drip-Drip Method is a period piece, starting circa 1859. The story follows the life events of strong African American women who were enslaved.  This show will examine this dreadful chaotic moment in history from the resistance and triumphant point of view of Blacks.  How did they survive?  What were their resistance strategies?  How did they organize themselves behind…

Race Based Traumatic Stress

The see-saw, existential experience of being Black in America continues to throw me up and down, to and fro…..like I am on a little tug boat on a stormy sea.  The recent events in #ferguson have shook me and I find it deeply disturbing that an African American unarmed teen could be shot and killed…

I’m Sick With A Social Flu, Again.

Why does the media care more about this ‪#‎donaldsterling‬ and not this http://www.thenation.com/blog/179571/justice-sotomayor-speaks-truth-white-power. as you can tell, in the past few days, I have been suffering from another type of social flu; diversionary media racism coverage (DMRC). I keep catching the bug and can’t shake it.