Category: Culture & Politics

“If the allegations are true….that ain’t cool.”

“If the allegations are true….that ain’t cool.”

| December 2, 2017 | Reply

Ever since last October’s allegations of sexual harassment sent the career of Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein into a nosedive, politicians and celebrities alike have witnessed their behaviors—-past and present—- held to higher levels of scorn and scrutiny. Images and ‘receipts’ make it harder for “good ol’ boys” and “business as usual,” because in the social […]

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Call a Thing a Thing….Or Pay the Price

Call a Thing a Thing….Or Pay the Price

| November 5, 2017 | Reply

In the 1985 fiction novel, Linden Hills, the late author Gloria Naylor depicted the rise, and demise, of an opulent, upper class neighborhood. For decades, the historical roots, prestigious citizens and luxurious homes were the envy of many…..until the ones who “made it” began to self-destruct. The reason? Coveting the ‘privilege’ of an exclusive residence […]

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“They Marched Black and Biracial Children Down the Hall To Check Their Hairstyles.”

“They Marched Black and Biracial Children Down the Hall To Check Their Hairstyles.”

| May 20, 2017 | 2 Replies

Every weekend, after Saturday dance classes and before Sunday ​evening​, the girls and I gather in the living room for a marathon of hair-styling. One by one, Nia and Layla take turns sitting between Mama’s knees, patiently accepting my commands to ​”​turn here​”​ and ​”​lean there​”​ as I oil their scalps, detangle their coils and […]

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Putin, Assad, Racism & a Can of Pepsi?

Putin, Assad, Racism & a Can of Pepsi?

| April 8, 2017 | Reply

My baby brother, Michael, is one of my favorite people on the planet. We’re over a decade apart, age-wise, but he loves his Big Sis LoLo and can be fun to hang out with. Since he’s the only native Texan among us, Michael’s full-fledged Southern roots and love for hip-hop have influenced not only his dialect, but his […]

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Increase The Peace: DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence

Increase The Peace: DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence

| March 15, 2017 | Reply

Taking A Stand: High School Honor Graduate and Radio Host DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence Source Magazine 3.3.2017 “DJ Young Music and Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation presents “The Streetz Blunt Truth Tour,” a multi-state effort to spread peace, love and understanding through music, while seeking to combat youth violence […]

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White Tears & Special Snowflakes: Offended Pro-Lifer Gets Owned

White Tears & Special Snowflakes: Offended Pro-Lifer Gets Owned

| January 29, 2017 | Reply

When, when, WHEN will people learn? If you know me personally or follow me here regularly at MOC, you already know: I am a proud, card-carrying, fist-rocking, down-for-my-sisters womanist. I am personally pro-life, but endorse a woman’s right to choose and always vote as such. I don’t excuse misogynoir, women who try whitesplaining themselves and/or […]

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The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

| January 28, 2017 | 2 Replies

On Jan. 20, the United States witnessed the inauguration of its 45th President. Many greeted the new administration with joy and celebration, but for others, Saturday held the moment they truly looked forward to. Not because of the back-to-back parties, brunches and formal dances to attend, but for the chance to accomplish what the overwhelming […]

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Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Impact of the Obamas

Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Impact of the Obamas

| January 20, 2017 | 4 Replies

It was a phrase first made famous in a Malcolm X speech, then within the dialogue of Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 film of the same name: “Do the right thing.” The words, though simplistic, symbolize the need to make tough choices in turbulent times. Pushing forward with optimism into uncharted territory takes wisdom, courage and […]

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