Thursday, April 20, 2017

New writing @ VerySmartBrothas.com

And hello. Over at VerySmartBrothas.com, I wrote about that time I met Disappointment in a restaurant in DeeCee. I take my food very seriously, and I am still recovering from this travesty. It's a cold world.


In this age of foot-faced presidential swampdonkeys, culture vulturing ho-ass racial stowaways, and mediocrity-masking alternative facts, a number of things are inarguable:
  1. Shawn is the LaTavia of the Wayans clan.
  2. The rent is too damn high.
  3. While Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes are wretched, gorgeous bite-sized tragedies, their banana pudding might could fix Ben Carson.
  4. Withholding gravy is a crime against humanity.
Argue with deez nuts.

Gravy—sauce in general, technically—is a gift from Almighty Saint Damita Jo Jackson, the First, and must be given abundantly. Always. Sure, a bombastic curry chicken situation can be delicious. But bathe that same chicken appendage in a majestic sauce situation, and it becomes life-changing. The right gravy could help En Vogue quit the silly shit, axe that rebound so and so lady, get it the fuck together, and continue being great together, rather than split into blessing-blocking bickering factions.

Which brings me to my latest dance with disappointment.

Read the rest over at Very Smart Brothas.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"A Black Writers Symposium" (feat. Kiese Laymon and Hari Ziyad of RaceBaitr)


In one of our most candid episodes to date, we're joined by the dynamic duo of educator, "Long Division" author, and Southern-fried scribe Kiese Laymon and RaceBaitR's H.N.I.C. Hari Ziyad for our first ever "Black Writers Symposium". We discuss the necessity of the creative spaces they occupy, the delicate balance of selling their artistry while not selling their souls, and the roles and responsibilities of writers within the pursuit of true Black liberation. Additionally, Alex has a thing for Crunch Berries, Jay shops at Gordon Gartrelle, and Amtrak stations ain’t nothing nice.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Once Upon A Live SXSW Episode











































Last week, Jay and I were invited to Austin, Texas to do a live recording of The Extraordinary Negroes on TuneIn's Podcast Stage at SXSW (South By Southwest, an annual music, tech, and film festival).

And here is the episode we recorded.




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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Come check out The Extraordinary Negroes at SXSW in Austin, TX


Oh, hey.

The awesome (and smart) folk at SXSW (a music, film, and tech festival in Austin, TX) are allowing Jay and I to take the stage for a special live broadcast of The Extraordinary Negroes. Chicken and champagne for everyone.


It's our first time going, and I'm hyped to be there in the mix with other creatives and big thinkers and surrounded by an abundance of (allegedly) brilliant BBQ. We shall see. This is our second live event, and expect to have a dope-ass time. If you're heading to SXSW, come check us out on Tuesday, March 14, at 2PM on the SXSW Podcast Stage. And here is a list of all participating podcasts. See you there.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

new writing for Saint Heron and Jet

I've been writing. 


In my most recent joint for my Black In the Day series on Saint Heron, I assembled a collection of goodies to help you get your joy on:
"Life can be wack sometimes, especially when living and working amongst shitbag-electing jive turkeys, rabid Iggy Azalea stans, kitten heel hoarders and such. Contending with chirren, work, honey shortages at Popeye’s, and automobills can drain one’s spirit, so it’s important that we take a break from saving the world to enjoy some soul food, to replenish what institutional hateration depletes. Laughter is a wonderful way to shake off the blues and sooth oneself as The Tangerine Terrorist and his cabinet of gargoyles jump into the fast lane to 1862. Here are a few spirit-lifting moments in Blackness to assist with your laughter-as-self-care situation. May your days be merry and moisturized."
Read "Black In The Day: The Black Joy Playlist" at SaintHeron.com.



In my first for Jet, I gave an update on a Chicago activist who had a rough moment that led him to attempt to end his life:
"Regarding his mental state, Brown insists he simply encountered a rough moment—an uncharacteristic moment of weakness—and that his experience was not a sign of a bigger problem.
“I already know I’m not depressed. I’m not crazy. I’m not even sad anymore,” Brown revealed. “I’m so uplifted and that’s the power of unity. I’m not depressed. I had a very bad day.”
Though he’s reluctant to give a name to his mental and emotional struggles, he’s dedicated to taking steps to improving his wellness. His first step is to seek out a psychiatric evaluation."
Read "Activist Jedidiah Brown Healing After Suicide Attempt" at JetMag.com.

And here is the rest of my writing.

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