As a black man, I can't be abstinent. Well, at least it seems that way. There is pressure to have sex. When I turn on music to get me through the day or get me from class to class, that fresh R&B crooner or hip-hop heavyweight — who looks like me or sounds like me or dresses like me — seemingly takes every opportunity to lace their lyrics with sexual connotations and … [Read more...] about The Pressure: Race & Sex
Las Vegas students do not graduate. That is an overgeneralization; nevertheless, in the 2009-2010 academic year, only 52 percent of black males graduated high school, according to the 2012 Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males. In 2011, the Nevada Report Card reported that only 59.34 percent of Las Vegas’ enrolled high school students graduated that … [Read more...] about We can Defeat the Impossible
With the recent surge of popularity of “Scandal” (Season 4 premiere of 9.8 million viewers, Entertainment Weekly), “How to Get Away with Murder” (series premiere of 14 million viewers, Entertainment Weekly) and “Black-ish” (series premiere of 10.8 million viewers, Entertainment Weekly), there is seemingly a quest to infiltrate the white culture that has dominated television for … [Read more...] about Prime Time TV Changes its Color
When will we discontinue our insertion of race into every American political conflict or into every American social injustice? On the surface, Pepperdine is a welcoming and appreciative community. Promoted in the charismatic catalogues we browse before applying and some personal encounters with fellow Waves, Pepperdine generally demonstrates sincere interest in its … [Read more...] about Why I Won’t Stop Talking About Race
I am not White, therefore, inauthenticity would ensue if I were to tell you my story from a White perspective. I am not Hispanic, therefore, inauthenticity would again ensue if I were to tell you my story from a Hispanic perspective. I am Black and I can only tell you my story, authentically, from my Black perspective, the perspective true to my reality. I inherit the … [Read more...] about Am I Worthless?