For those who believe the vast majority of cops are good, and the problem is just a few bad apples.

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The “good cop” trope. We’ve all heard it: the saying that the vast majority of police officers are good, and that the problem is due to the misconduct of “a few bad apples.” I know most of you reading this have seen the eloquent response to that: bad apples come from rotten trees — and that’s what we’re diving into, here.

No matter how many countless, positive interactions you may be able to personally recall with police (because I certainly can’t), it certainly doesn’t mean those cops were “good.” Well-intentioned? Maybe. But good? That is a stretch. And here’s why:


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I came here to vent. Actually, I came to tell a story. No, that isn’t right. I’m here to offer an explanation.

See, I hate when academics throw jargon around that isn’t digestible to the masses. Half the time it’s barely digestible to me. And it’s clear that there is a dire need to educate our folks, Black folks, on the lies they are being told and sold.

Case in point: Obama was a nice guy. Right? Kind demeanor. (Seemingly) level-headed. Charming. And an excellent orator. And therein lies the problem: his charm, kind and level-headed demeanor, and excellent oration…


“The enslaved were not bricks on your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine…Our triumphs can never compensate for this. — TaNehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

What is the motivation? We wake up. We work. We eat. We sleep. We imagine. But what wakes us up? What inspires us to work? To imagine? To continue persevering through this double-world of have and have-nots, of winners and losers, of colonizers and colonized? …


Because we got y’all, even when society doesn’t.

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Photo courtesy of the Black & Missing Foundation

Black girls are missing.

On Monday, December 16th, a 16-year-old Afro-Latina girl named Karol Sanchez was kidnapped off the street — as she walked with her mother. The kidnapping took place in Bronx, New York, on Eagle Avenue near East 156th Street. In the video footage released by NYPD, Karol and her mother are seen walking when a car stops. A man exits the vehicle and aggressively grabs Karol, shoving her into the car as another man fights her mother and pushes her down, before driving away. And although the kidnapping took…


So give us some f#*$!ng space.

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When did art begin to matter to you? Like seriously matter. And why? Was it after the first time you watched Love Jones and felt seen and inspired by the tortuous journey of romance shared by Nina (Nia Long) and Darius (Larenz Tate)? Was it after you listened to the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and got nostalgic over school bells as heavenly melodies soothed your ears? Or was it the first time you walked into an art exhibition featuring paintings and sculptures by Black artists that made you think?

Black art has shaped so…


Melanin-conscious grooming products, to keep your beard, body, skin, and face clean, moisturized, and healthy.

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I bet you’re wondering what this picture has to do with beauty. Absolutely Nothing. I just wanted to flex more Cuba pics.

Hey, Black man. Are you tired of using products that leave your skin feeling dried out? Maybe you’re looking to add a little moisture to your beard. If you’re like me, it’s possible your scalp is always itchy and you’re searching for the right hair wash and conditioner that will keep the flakes away, without introducing harmful chemicals. Or, it may just be that you want to diversify your growing collection of products. …


Whether holiday or casually shopping, treat the King in your life. Especially if that King is you.

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Pictured: the author at #DAYLUXE, Brooklyn, NY. Suit: Southern Gents; Shoes: Armando Cabral; Hanky & Bracelet: G + Co. Apparel

It’s that time. Holiday season is upon us, yet again, and you’re wondering what to get for the wonderful King in your life (or for yourself, if that wonderful King is you). Why not some quality menswear that will look good in and out of the office? Maybe you don’t give a damn about the holidays and just want to find new Black designers to try out. In any case, look no further. …


A firsthand tale of the magic that is Howard University Homecoming

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Howard University International Yardfest. Photo courtesy of AJ Williams (Instagram: @awIlliamsproductions)

Ahhhhhhhh. Where does one even start? Shit. If you know, you know. First of all, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge that Howard, like all HBCUs, is a magical unicorn. Very rarely, if at all, are there spaces in this country for Black people to be free. Not like, not-in-jail free, but FREE. Free to exist. Free to be our whole selves without having White people or their institutions or standards be the benchmarks for our existence.

Howard IS the Black Student Union, where intellect and culture…


Black restaurants, Black tours, Black bookstores, Black art, & more in the Big Easy.

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Bourbon Street, French Quarter.

This past September, I had the privilege of spending 5 days in NOLA, a city that boasts a resilient people, mouthwatering cuisine, and the best live jazz music anywhere around. Also home to Xavier University, a prominent Historically Black College and University (HBCU). I’m a Brooklynite, but I first had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans as a 13-year-old, in spring 2006.

I was there on a tour of the Lower Ninth Ward to witness firsthand the damage that was caused by two failures — the…


Dates, offices, charter amendments and more.What you need to know about this year’s elections to be an informed voter.

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NYC local elections are on Tuesday, November 5th. We’ll be voting for Public Advocate (citywide), judges (district & county specific), and City Charter amendments. I wanna talk a bit about the Charter amendment proposals, which aim to enhance democracy.

Proposal one would reform our local elections (NOT state & federal) to a system known as “ranked choice voting” (RCV), also known as instant runoff voting. This would allow voters to select up to 5 candidates and rank them according to their…

Matt Thompson

Antiracist. Anticapitalist. Afrosocialist . #AllPowerToThePeople

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