Harriet: A Story of Freedom

On November 1, 2019, "Harriet," the biopic about Harriet Tubman, will be…


Don’t like Crowds? Three Reasons You Should Still Go to the Poets in Autumn Tour

For as long as I can remember, I’ve never been one for large crowds, or any…


Pass The Mic Exclusive! - "White Jesus" a new song by S.O.

This is a first for the Pass the Mic podcast. In the hundreds of episode we've…


Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison: Black Without Apology

Eleven novels. Nine works of nonfiction. Over twenty awards. 88 years.We are…


Do The Right Thing

For the Love of "Do The Right Thing"

On June 30, 1989, Spike Lee released what is arguably his greatest film: "Do…


"What Other Way They Ever Do Us?" — Why The Central Park 5 Can Happen Again

When I was a teenager, my mother hated the idea of me going out in groups with…


Appropriation, Misappropriation, or Re-Appropriation: “Old Town Road” – Part 2

Read Part 1 here.Some will challenge that these stated claims have more to do…


Appropriation, Misappropriation, or Re-Appropriation: “Old Town Road” – Part 1

When I arrived at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, I was quickly…


negro spiritual

Hardship-Birthed Hymns: What Can We Learn From the Negro Spiritual?

For there our captorsrequired of us songs,and our tormentors, mirth,…


Lauryn Hill

Turning 21, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" Is An Important Artifact of Black History

Later this year, Lauryn Hill’s timeless classic: "The Miseducation of Lauryn…


green book

Did "Green Book" Really Win?

The director of "Green Book" stood up on that stage in front of God and…


sam cooke

Review: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

Legendary singer Sam Cooke died in 1964 under circumstances shrouded in…


Not Your Parents’ Christmas Album: "The Gift" By 116

Whether you put off listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving or…


Album Review: Drogas Wave by Lupe Fiasco

Depending on his mood and label situation, Lupe Fiasco’s music has been either…


serena

Recovering Black Dignity for Serena and Naomi

Over the past week, Australian Mark Knight’s cartoon of Serena Williams…


Barracoon

Book Review—Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo

Cudjo Lewis never saw it coming.In one moment, he was Kossula—barefoot and…


Long Live the Champion: A Song for the Forgotten

Long Live the Champion: A Song for the ForgottenBy Quina Aragon & Maria…


the cross and the lynching tree

Why You Should Read “The Cross and The Lynching Tree”

I only learned of theologian Dr. James H. Cone due to his recent passing in…


Representing Race: Why Do Images Matter?

In the wake of "Black Panther" and the unveiling of the Obamas’ official…


spoken word

The Heart Behind the “Listen & Live” Spoken Word Short Film

Adinah’s HeartMoses is about ready to die. Our mediator, the man of God, will…