Remarks delivered to open the inaugural symposium of Kentucky State University Atwood Institute on Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal. Welcome to the Inaugural Symposium of the Atwood Institute for […]
Bethune-Cookman Grads Are So Petty, and Mary Would Be So Proud
Yesterday, the graduating class of Bethune-Cookman University, one of the nation’s more than 100 historically black college and universities (HBCUs) booed United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. And it […]
Where Have All The Black Women HBCU Presidents Gone?
Losing a campus leader is always difficult, but the passing of North Carolina Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White is a particularly painful pill to swallow. Saunders-White took the helm of NCCU […]
HBCUs are Looking for Our Luke Cage
A superhero would be great right about now. I just lost twelve hours of my life binge watching Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix — and I don’t regret a moment of it. Without […]
The Triumph and Heartbreak of the National African American Museum
Glorious dedication is stark contrast to Charlotte uprising and extrajudicial killings. Courtesy: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture One hundred years is a long time to fight for […]
What If Tupac Went to An HBCU?
Maybe he’d be alive today. Tupac Shakur was murdered 20 years ago today, and his life and death remain among the greatest elements of hip-hop’s first conspiracy theory and case study […]
Allen Iverson and Other Black Men Who Are The Real MVPs
Here are some welcomed additions to depictions of Black manhood. Allen Iverson, a former professional point and shooting guard with a career that hailed him as one of the most prolific […]
Ever Wondered Why HBCUs “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing?”
What Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling, Beyoncé’s Formation, and the Black National Anthem have in common. For more than 100 years, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” has been a part of the black […]
Nate Parker, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly are What’s Wrong with Black Colleges
Toxic black respectability is ruining our institutions — and us. A degree from a black college has always been a valuable gear in the machinery of America’s class system. Early black college graduates […]
Why I’m Not Watching The Olympic Games
Or at least, like I used to. Wikimedia Commons As a brown-skinned girl, I used to be consumed by near-everything about the Olympics— the athleticism, the rivalries, and the history-making. I […]
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