On October 29, Netflix released Colin in Black & White. The series centers around Colin Kaepernick’s high school years and tackles a variety of issues involving race, history, and his life as a teenager trying to find his way in the world. One of the prevailing themes is Colin trying to find his true calling. […]
Author: CJ Quartlbaum
Adapted from August Wilson’s 1982 stage play, Ma Rainey tells the fictionalized story of recording artist Ma Rainey and her band as they record an album in Chicago. Set in the 1920s, the subjects of race, prejudice, and exploitation sit at the story’s forefront. The movie speaks to the Black condition in America both then and now.
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” -Ancient Proverb “But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” -Matt. 5:39 How do we reconcile these two statements? On one hand, we have what appears to be sound wisdom: don’t let someone cause you […]
This article was first published on the author’s personal page and has been reposted here with permission. For the original piece and more great content, click here. — We are living in scary times. Unless you’ve been under a rock, like Jared Leto, then you know we are in the midst of a global pandemic. […]
I didn’t know what to expect going into “Waves” but I walked out of the theater feeling a heavy mixture of emotions. This film will do that to you. “Waves” centers around a Black family living in suburban Miami. The family is headed by Ronald, a domineering father, played by Sterling K. Brown. At first, you […]
On November 1, 2019, “Harriet,” the biopic about Harriet Tubman, will be released in theaters. Tubman is one of the few people in Black History who is generally known by everyone. Her exploits as an escaped slave, risking her life by returning multiple times to free hundreds of slaves are the stories of legend. This […]
All of these are issues we still face and are conversations we are still having.
When I was a teenager, my mother hated the idea of me going out in groups with my friends. She would often tell me that we would be targets. I hated it. I was just a kid who wanted to enjoy a good time. My mother’s perspective was undoubtedly colored by the events surrounding the […]
The first time I remember my father told me he loved me was just shy of my 21st birthday. I told my mother in passing that he had never said it to me and it was indicative that he didn’t care. I guess she told him because he called a few days later and said he […]
Legendary singer Sam Cooke died in 1964 under circumstances shrouded in mystery. “The Two Killings of Sam Cooke” gives us a look at his life, who he was, what he stood for, and the unanswered questions surrounding his untimely death. Sam was a passionate, loving, gifted, revolutionary, and complicated man. As people fighting the struggle […]
Black children make up 18 percent of preschoolers but 48 percent of those receiving multiple out-of-school suspension.
“America would never elect somebody like David Duke.”
There will be no justice if there is an inability to admit things are unjust.
Nationwide, suicides among black children under 18 are up 71 percent in the past decade.
The most effective, God-honoring trips will be done by those who are seeking to make his name great.
Caribbeans and African Americans believe lies about each other and if there is no one in your life to challenge those lies, you will accept them as fact.