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Unfortunately, our responses to sexual misconduct are governed by the prism of patriarchy and toxic masculinity in which men are meant to be sexually dominant, not sexually dominated. We often assume that men ― especially those built like Terry Crews ― can’t be sexually assaulted. But if they are assaulted, the preservation of both their manhood and their heterosexuality requires their silence. This creates a culture of outward skepticism and internalized shame in which black men especially are deterred from revealing their abuse.
One of my heroes died yesterday.
Yes, losing Prince hurt. As did the death of luminaries such as Dick Gregory and Maurice White. But for all their contributions in moving black culture forward, their statuses as legends were solidified prior to their passing. My fear is that Reggie Ossé, better known as, Combat Jack, who at 48 years young succumbed to colon cancer months after announcing his diagnosis, was denied a similar fate.
Though we’ve made tremendous strides to address and de-stigmatize the umbrella of mental health within our community, it’s important that we specifically address the plight of those who suffer from anxiety. Just as we single out disorders such as clinical depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, it’s equally important that we not only identify the unique obstacles that anxiety presents, but that we actively pursue the means to diminish its prevalence.
But when asked how she uses her podcast to generate awareness for the issues that pertain to this community, humanity precedes predicament. “I'm focusing on issues that I think are important. And featuring people in conversation on why these issues matter. As well as what needs to be done.” By directing attention to the person, as opposed to their plight, Alice strives to galvanize the support necessary to facilitate wholesale changes in how the disabled community is both perceived and engaged.
In a genre notorious for manufacturing millionaires from misogynoir, Jay-Z’s remorse is the paradigm shift Black women have been waiting almost three decades for. Not because morality in Hip-Hop is extinct, but because we’ve never had an artist of Jay-Z’s magnitude openly lament his callous (and countless) contributions to the degradation of women of color.
It's that time again. Due to the success of last year's inaugural #ExtraordinaryNegrooftheDay series during Black History Month, we're bringing you another round of 28 winners that deserve an extra bit of shine. Check back and/or be sure to follow us on Instagram or Twitter and like us on Facebook so you don't miss out any Extraordinary goodness.
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Anchored with the strength of 1001 ancestors, our first Extraordinary Negro of the Day was engineered to withstand the c...
If you live in Alabama or Mississippi, you obtusely contend that the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery, and your alarm clock screams “The South shall rise again!” every morning, then today’s your lucky day.
Why? Because it’s Confederate Memorial Day!
Yes, it's been approximately 153 years since the Confederate Army surrendered to Denzel Washington and the rest of the Union forces. And yes, monuments honoring The Ghosts of Treasonous Generals Past have since sprouted throughout the Sout...
Once upon a time, a leather catsuit-clad Chilli affirmed that a scrub is a guy who thinks he’s fly. In other news, he might also be known as a busta. But since Chilli is preoccupied with exhuming her career from the grave, I’ll take it upon myself to behold the pale stable of horses that have desecrated our precious conventions, disavowed our spice racks, and dishonored our traditions.
Mental health, Black pop culture, fatherhood, and masculinity are four of The Extraordinary Negroes’s core themes, and few podcasts tackle these topics as beautifully as Alexander Hardy and Jay Connor do. Black men podcasters are few and far between, but they shouldn’t be. The podcast is hilarious, but also delves deep when needed.
Guest Blogger–Jay Connor
Welcome to sunny Los Angeles (LA). It is the home of beautiful beaches, bad traffic and yes, Mr. and Mrs. Carter (as in Jay and Bey). Despite the city’s reputation as a haven for the rich and pretentious, LA is a hub of Beautiful Blackness. The Pacific Coast has SOUL!
Are you famished? While LA has a food truck on every corner, your hunger pangs will be better served partaking in Mid-City staples from My 2 Cents. Renown for its ambiance, frequent celebrity sightings, ...
(Editor's Note: This article was originally published in 2014 as an installment of our popular "Across the Aisle" collaborative series. But as you'll soon find out, this subject is still very much relevant today.)
In the ensuing days since Michael Brown’s execution, his hometown of Ferguson, Mo., descended into chaos. More so as a byproduct of overreaction from a militarized police force than from any destructive provocation from its citizens, but how did it get to this point in the first pla...
Which is why watching Damon and Panama crossing the finish line feels so vindicating. While God dozed off after creating the stars, the heavens, and the Earth, these two MacGyvered a digital enterprise from ingenuity and Black Blogosphere-residue. All while maintaining their integrity, their authenticity, and most importantly, their ownership.
He left a legacy that consists of a commitment to black culture, respect for his listeners, uplifting black-owned businesses, amplifying the voices of black women, providing relevant information that empowers the black community, producing high-quality content and being utterly groundbreaking. In honor of his legacy, The Root created a list of black podcasts that display some of the notable qualities The Combat Jack Show embodied.