Recently I served on a panel at the Woodlands Community Temple in NY in which I discussed memory and forgiveness in times of injustice. It was an event that bought scholars and Rabbis together to talk about memory in the
I recently gave an invited talk at the University of Michigan on “The Curious Case of Black Rage and the Forgiving Heart.” It was an awesome audience. I really enjoyed thinking about these issues with them.
The following was published at the Daily Nous for their “Philosophers On” Series (Aug. 18, 2015). The Conscious Gospel and its Shortcomings In the black community of the 1980’s and 1990’s, we had a term to refer to folks
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been selected to work at PIKSI Penn State this summer. I met some great people and I learned so much.
In the latest UnMute podcast I interview philosopher, Amir Jaima. We talk philosophy and literature.
In this TEDX talk, I argue that contrary to what psychologists and the powers that be may say, anger is not a bad word.
Here are pictures and slides from my TEDX talk as well as lessons I learned from being a TEDx speaker that may help you.
I am a workaholic. I am just beginning to embrace this part of myself. Admitting it is half the problem and trying to balance my life in spite of it is the other half. I am a workaholic for several
We talk about Franz Fanon, Existentialism, #BlackLivesMatter, and present-day activism in the latest episode of the UnMute Podcast.
Don’t let fear block you from the door of opportunity. Be bold and courageous. Although fear may never go away 100%, it’s always worth going for what you want no matter how afraid you are.
Without self-confidence, you won’t have the guts to do what you need to do and do it with excellence. Moreover, people won’t believe you when you do. Learn how to defeat self-confidence killers and maintain or regain the confidence you need to do what you have to do.
I want to share with you 10 Tips for presenting in front of people you ‘think’ are smarter than you. I hope these tips will remind you of how smart and awesome you are and how you have no need to be intimidated or worried about anyone in your audience.
Last weekend I presented two papers at the Central American Philosophical Association Meeting in St. Louis. I had a great time having fruitful discussions and just kicking my feet up.
Our next episode is up. Go ahead and check it out. Here I chat with Justin Clardy about the nature of love, polyamory, and so much more. Press Play below and also head to the www.unmutepodcast.co for show notes and
I have a new project that I’ve started for 2015. I have been in the business of making philosophy accessible for several years. This year I want to focus on doing it in a different way that will have a
One of the most brilliant young philosophers I know is Kristie Dotson. If you don’t believe me google her, make sure you read the ground breaking paper she wrote “How Is this Paper Philosophy?”, or check her out in the Cool
In this article I examine the role masculinity plays in police brutality and in civilian deaths at the hands of police. It is easy to confuse asserting your humanity and defending your life with asserting and defending your manhood.
I have been invited to write a paper for Oxford University Press Handbook of Philosophy and Race. My paper will be on the new racism that lurks within the criminal justice system. I’m looking forward to contributing and also reading
Recently I had the opportunity to present a paper at the American Society for Aesthetics. The panel I sat on was on Slavery and Cinema. My paper was entitled “Man Up, Man Down: Django Unchained and Black Masculinity.” In
Check out my latest piece where I argue that God should not be praised at the expense of denying praise for Human good. Here’s an excerpt: Humans should also be praised because positive reinforcement and validation teaches and encourages
Some comrades and I (Liam Bright, Tina Botts, and & Quayshawn Spencer ) co-wrote an article called “What is the State of Blacks in Philosophy?”. It has been just published in Penn State’s “Critical Philosophy of Race” journal. It’s a piece that
For almost twenty years, Howard McGary and the Rutger’s Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy have been doing their part to make the profession more diverse. This summer at the Institute, I served as a panelist as well as a
Take a look at my debate adventure with High School students from Harlem and gain some valuable debate resources for teaching your own course.
Check out my latest for HuffPost: Minorities, State Violence, and the Price of Self-Respect. Here is an excerpt. When phrases like “I am Sean Bell” is articulated, it is said in hopes that people will realize that we are all vulnerable
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My Latest Piece at HuffPost Examines what’s so bad about “acting like a man” and “acting like a Lady” from an Aristotelean and feminist perspective. You can check out the article Here. Excerpt is below. Please share with others. Gendered
I joined an important discussion about violence against Black Queer Women on HuffPost Live today. The episode was hosted by Marc Lamont Hill and guests included myself, Darnell Morre, Eboni Rafus, and Irene Monroe.
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This past weekend, I attended and presented a paper at the 41st meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy in Denver, Colorado. My paper was “Acting Mean: Queering Hegemonic Masculinity through the Cultivation of Virtues.” It’s a
I presented “TEXTnology in the Classroom” at SXSWedu 2014. The workshop was based on my texting experience in my philosophy classes and consisted of sharing best practices on how to use texting in the classroom.
This pass Sunday, Jason Collins, became the first actively openly gay athlete in the four major sports in the United States when he played for the Brooklyn Nets against the Lakers. However, our limited view of history may have
“The Hip-Hop Fellow” is a look into Producer 9th Wonder time as educator of Hip Hop at Harvard University. The Hip-Hop Fellow gives the 7 billion people who have not attended that prestigious institution a chance to bear witness to this
Does Masculinities studies sound strange to you? As a feminist I think it’s important that I see not only women as victims of patriarchy but men as well. Masculinities studies aim to examine the latter and so much more. There
Barnard College has a new podcast series called “Dare To Use The F-Word.” Of course F-Word stands for “Feminism”. Podcast titles such as “Perfection”, “Image and Media”, and “Street Harassment” is available for your listening pleasure. More from their website:
We would like to think that we are not like our once cold war enemy, Russia. “They” are intolerant and oppressive. And “they” are presently doing an injustice to gay people. But before we start throwing stones from our red,
Michael Sam is a NFL prospect who just came out as gay to the public. If he is drafted, and he will be, this will make him the first openly gay man in the NFL. Questions have been raised, “Is
Here is my latest piece at Huffington Post, “Drug Abuse and our Biased Compassion.” Visit here to take a read and please join the conversation on the site. Below is an excerpt. I am not arguing that we should treat