Fear of Black Men – Hosted Discussion

Beginning Monday, NPR began covering the common practice of fearing black men. I’ve read a few accounts from people on both the website and Twitter, and points from both the positive and negative light make me question my own feelings about how I am perceived. I

highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys an intelligent conversation about such a taboo topic.

Black Development in a Homogeneous World

Angela from Sunset by Tale of Tales
Angela from Sunset by Tale of Tales

This is a great article regarding diversity in gaming development. If not for my fatigue in being “the black guy” in any arena of IT development – application, web, or otherwise – I’d have pursued game programming long ago. I have to appreciate this read for bringing attention to rampant racism in on-line gaming, as well. It’s why I  keep my multi-player chat muted.

Dr. Dre: From Compton to Forbes

465075-d0ea2a4a-e6b3-11e3-ba62-a129b4e220c3[1]Dr. Dre would eclipse the current richest hip-hop mogul, Sean Coombs, should a rumored deal of Apple buying Beats Electronics (Beats By Dre) for a reported $3.2B be true. There are numerous questions of why this move would make sense, but neither company takes such large decisions lightly, so it is probably not for us to know until the inevitable reveal.

Retooling Jet for an Interactive Generation

Following other publisher trends, Jet magazine has decided to exclusively move to web and digital delivery after more than 6 decades of providing news and insights to the African American community. Jet rose to stardom with its coverage of civil rights issues and maintained its position as one of America’s top black magazines. This shift recognizes that readers want more dynamic content.

Numbers That Make a Parent Cringe

Last week, a White House report outlined policies that colleges and universities should follow in response to the 49% rise in campus rape reports over 4 years. I applaud that this goes further than a USDOJ report issued in 2000, but more needs to be done. If even one woman is attacked in an institution of higher learning, we all need to be outraged.

Polio Resurgence in a Modern World

It has been decades since the word “polio” was in our common lexicon. However, here we are in 2014 watching this disease fight it’s way back from the brink of eradication. It’s rebirth in war-torn Syria, Pakistan, and Cameroon has prompted the WHO to take emergency action because it is spreading even further. I am hopeful poliolyelitis quickly meets its worldwide demise.

Continued Media Negligence of African News?

Last year, when armed gunmen ran rampant through a mall after over a year of planning, I was dumbfounded at the lack of media coverage. The gut-wrenching stories slowly trickled into mainstream news. Is this pattern repeating itself with the armed abduction of over 200 school age girls over 2 weeks ago who are now being forced to marry their captors? For shame.

Racism: a Common, Elderly Characteristic?

As stories, like Donald Sterling‘s, come to light, I wonder if a predisposition to racist stereotypes among geriatrics is entrenched through how heavily steeped they were in segregation and blatant civil rights oppression. I would never give anyone who practices racism a pass under any circumstances, but it might be a fool’s errand to rehabilitate their  antiquated and misguided mindsets.

A Group Made Just for Me…and Some Other People, Too

National Black Marathoners Association

So a few weeks ago, a great group just happened into my purview and I am extremely upset at myself for just now running into them.

As the one reader of my blog, you should know by now that I am black. I know, I know – the shock probably knocked you out of your chair, but it’s true. I am this cool, down-to-earth, geeky, smart, and black. How does that happen? I’ll tell you how, it happens every day when folks let go of their stereotypes. Back to my point, though… Continue reading “A Group Made Just for Me…and Some Other People, Too”