What’s in a name: ‘Nigga’ v. ‘Hotep’

"Nigga" is passed around like high-fives in today's society. Hip hop has allowed for the term to become more mainsteam, and through musical waves it travels through multiple communities, cultures, and countries. However, the origin of the term still stings the oppressed people that it was made to remind of our alleged inferiority. Because of …

Families being separated is about all people of color

History has a dirty habit of repeating itself. Especially if we don't learn from it and our mistakes. You'd pretty much have to be blind to any form of news to not know anything about the current immigration crisis that is plaguing the U.S. From the travel ban that was reinforced by Congress over the …

Whole foods and Starbucks: How to transform ‘gentrification’ into ‘community evolvement’

Whole Foods was the ultimate sign that Harlem had become a NEW Harlem. It showed outsiders that the residents were willing to conform and change, willing to assimilate into mass society. Something as simple as Whole Foods took away the identity, the individualism, the uniqueness of Harlem. To me, it signified the end of a …

Where’s Kanye on the Mason-Dixon? Modern-day runaways looking back

With the acceptance of progressive culture comes the type of people who think they know everything, but really, they know absolutely nothing. As society becomes more aware of our surroundings, we become more educated in our cultural differences. Lord willing, we're more knowledgeable and accepting of those differences and embrace them without chastising their uniqueness …

homeward-bound: life transcending after death

My legacy is not just for myself, but will carry on for my children and their children. Something future generations can carry on and claim as their own. A few weeks ago, I visited a more conservative Baptist church than where I’d normally attend. It was the stereotypical Easter-type sermon but before Resurrection Sunday: The …