By Kasai Richardson
I’m not sure which happens more frequently: Receiving news that a friend I haven’t seen or been able to reach in a while has died of an overdose, or opening a screen to see the news that a celebrity has suffered that fate.
Some people have no idea what the hell they’re talking about when it comes to addiction. I’ve accepted this, and I don’t let it upset me when someone talks recklessly about what those living with it — or those who love them — should do. …
As bleak as 2016 may have been for most of us, there was no shortage of truly amazing films to escape to throughout the year. Which brings us to the present, and a struggle that seems to illustrate the Manichean view of good and evil that seems so easy to adopt today: Moonlight vs. La La Land. The tension between the films and their fans offers the perfect opportunity for performative Woke Olympics, but that doesn’t mean some of the critiques aren’t valid. …
For The Love of the Game
Scoring four touchdowns in a 5th grade flag football game, with my dad who’d biked miles to be there waiting for me afterwards with a Gatorade and a Snickers bar is one of my fondest memories of being a kid.
I sucked at basketball, and while my parents never pressured me to play any sort of sport, I felt a sort of soft pressure from white teachers and coaches to “do something,” like play football. Looking back, I wish I’d stuck with music or theater. …
my wallet is black.
but my cupholders are really low, so it’s a hard reach for anything. so i’m better off not putting my wallet there. do i film as soon as they come up to my window? or will that unnecessarily antagonize them? are dashcams legal in maryland? am i, as a black person, allowed to have one even if they are legal? the last few cops i’ve dealt with have been professional, and there’s no such thing as the law of averages, but is it my time? my sister’s? my mom’s? my dad’s? my friends’? …
Dear friends, family and those I generally care about,
There is a lot of buzz on social media and among law enforcement communities about something called St. Patrick’s Day happening today.
There’s every indication that this event will occur in city centers across the country. Early reports indicate that bros, frat thugs, young professionals and others with loose morals will be engaging in property destruction, street handies, public screaming, etc..
There are even rumors of a purge (of bar food eaten while day-drinking to make room for more booze and thus, more violence).
I humbly ask that you all stay out of areas where these animals may congregate today (look for Under Armour attire as a hint), and if you must be about your respective towns, stay vigilant and don’t let the green thugs ruin our peaceful American existences.
I’ve been thinking about this photo a lot lately.
Obviously, there’s no way Trump magically became slime the day after it was taken. He is one of those trash friends who’s been reckless af throughout your entire friendship, leaving you with the choice of either ghosting or reading them into oblivion (see his racist campaign against the Central Park Five for but one touchstone of his past shittiness).
That said, I find Hillary Clinton’s statement on the disrupted Trump rally in Chicago to be both disingenuous and upsetting.
There is a trend here.
Clinton has argued that a president who…
I love film more than I love some people. As a writer, it should probably be the literary sphere and its icons that I worship, study and offer my first-born to, but it’s the realm of film that’s always had my heart. Case in point: The Rosie Perez dance scene at the beginning of Do The Right Thing is more important to me than anything written by a dead white dude, and that’s just how it is.
So amidst the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag created by April Reign and the memes and the clapbacks over how white this year’s Oscars are, all…
This piece was originally published by Blavity at www.Blavity.com.
On an average day, 80 percent of the faces I see are white. I don’t really have any math to back that up, so perhaps I should say that amount just feels right, if we’re talking about the faces I see and speak words to on a daily basis. At work and at play, most of my co-workers and friends are white. I turn 31 in a couple of months, but this landmark revelation seems to have hit me only recently. If I’m honest, I’ve gone through a sort of second…
La charcuterie Chevalier is always lit, but it is one of those days when he could feel lonely while surrounded by people. His presence is not so much a present to the handful of shoppers as it is a fact of life. Most of them have seen him here before and think little of it. One exuberant boy gives him a high five upon entering, but other than that, it has been an unremarkable trip to the shops. He is grateful for the quiet.
Kanye hardly ever goes shopping without Kim anymore. There is a moment when he thinks that…