Very Smart Brothas

Pittsburgh Doesn't Deserve Mike Tomlin

So this premise is already operating at a deficit: If born, I guess, you deserve the ability to continue living, and whatever’s necessary to achieve that goal—food, water, safety, shelter, etc—exists under ...

Added December 09, 2019

Shawty Got Gifts: A Product Review of Ray J's Raycon E55 True Wireless Earbuds

I promise you that I don’t engage in pure unfettered foolishness just because I’m comfortable in life. And yet, here we are doing a product review of Raycon’s E55 True Wireless Earbuds; Raycon is, of course ...

Added December 09, 2019

If You See Someone With a Plate of Half-Eaten Wings, They Probably Just Had Some Trash Wings, That's All

A now-viral image of five chicken wings—each in a different state of completion—has lit the internet on fire, sparking arguments, ending friendships, and even getting niggas disinvited to gender-reveal ...

Added December 06, 2019

An Ode to Palmer's Cocoa Butter for Holdin' a Brotha Down for the Past 30 Years. Thank You for Being a Friend

I don’t know what prompted me to go into my parents’ bathroom and look for some lotion when I was around 10 years old. I was a boy after all, and I don’t remember my parents ever stressing me about the ...

Added December 06, 2019

I Used to Want to Drive Across America. Ya Know, See Some America and Shit. I Have Three Kids Now. *CENSOR* That.

There was a time when nothing sounded more romantic to me (in the fun and adventure sense of the word) than driving across America and seeing all that she had to offer. I grew up as an Army brat overseas ...

Added December 03, 2019

Quiz: How 'Black, But Not Like You Regular Blacks' Are You?

1. As a kid, what music did you listen to?Read more...

Added December 03, 2019

8 Things to Keep in Mind if You Are the Woketep in Your Family at Thanksgiving

The heads of woketeps must be exploding right about now: T.I. is out here being castigated expeditiously on Red Table Talk over something that every self-respecting man believes in: He is responsible for ...

Added November 26, 2019

'There Was Silence. It Was Understood': Reflections About 'yasiin bey: Negus,' the Listening Installation at the Brooklyn Museum

A few weeks back, I wrote a piece that was critical of “yasiin bey: Negus,” the travelling art exhibit/listening installation curated by yasiin bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def. My overarching ...

Added November 25, 2019

NBA Player Calls Black Women 'Bulldogs,' Then Defends Himself by...Quoting Dr. King?

I think I have some thoughts today about Patrick Patterson, the NBA player who implied that black women are “bulldogs” in an Instagram comment while defending his marriage to Sarah Nasser (a white woman ...

Added November 25, 2019

Dammit Jacquees, You Had One Job! King of R&B Is Cool, but It Ain't a Kingmaker

When we last spoke (about Jacquees), it was in the midst of Mr. Rodriguez Jacquees Broadnax’s ill-advised decision to proclaim that he was the “King of R&B,” a title that none of the contenders were ...

Added November 15, 2019

You Know, Sometimes People Lose the Fights That They Start

Happy Friday!Read more...

Added November 15, 2019

Why 'Cancel Culture' Doesn't Exist

What do the Loch Ness Monster, Santa Claus, hot Travis Scott verses, and “cancel culture” have in common? They don’t exist! (Or perhaps they only exist on tracks also featuring Drake.) Watch for some raw ...

Added November 15, 2019

Yasiin Bey Presenting His New Album Negus Exclusively in Museums Surrounded by Art Is What Happens When Musicians Get Bored

It’s not quite rocket-surgery or anything, but I definitely believe in the maxim that too much of anything can be bad. And when I say “anything” I mean literally anything, from obvious stuff like food ...

Added November 14, 2019

The NFL Is Just Not That Into Colin Kaepernick, and This Sham 'Workout' Proves It

While thinking about the nebulous “workout” the NFL recently offered to Colin Kaepernick, I’m reminded of...He’s Just Not That Into You. Which, well, let me explain:Read more...

Added November 14, 2019

40 Questions for the People Who Stand as Soon as the Plane Lands

1. Where are you going?Read more...

Added November 08, 2019

10 Worthwhile Hobbies For These Bored Billionaires Who So Obviously Need Them

1. Cross-country road trips, where they drive to different states just to hunt and eat other rich people.Read more...

Added November 08, 2019

The Crown Morehouse College Is Trying to Reach

As both Morehouse College and Spelman College celebrated their annual homecoming in late October—usually more than reason enough for me to make the trip to Atlanta—I had a little extra pep in my homecoming ...

Added November 07, 2019

It Turns Out, Hip-Hop Will Probably Always Be the Love of My Life

A few weeks back, I attended an album talk for noted hip-hop lyricist and producer Pharaohe Monch’s 1999 album, Internal Affairs (released on seminal label, Rawkus Records), at The REACH, the new arts ...

Added November 06, 2019

I Will Never Forgive America for Trying to Convince Me That Richard Spencer Is ‘Dapper’

The pathologically un-rewatchable Joker has become the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history, surpassing Deadpool 2. I am not surprised by this, as the audience for depictions of maladjusted and sexually ...

Added November 05, 2019

I Will Never Forgive America for Trying to Convince Me That Richard Spencer Is 'Dapper'

The pathologically un-rewatchable Joker has become the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history, surpassing Deadpool 2. I am not surprised by this, as the audience for depictions of maladjusted and sexually ...

Added November 05, 2019

10 Thoughts About Kanye West’s Jesus Is King Because God Is Good All the Time and All the Time...

On Oct. 25, 2019, Kanye Omari West released his ninth studio album, Jesus Is King. The album was released on the heels of his at-best popular, but always well-attended “Sunday Service” performances and ...

Added November 05, 2019

Hell Houses Have No Place in Christianity

When I was 10, I was forced to give my life to Christ. Read more...

Added October 30, 2019

8 Reflections on SpelHouse's Blessed and Highly Favored 2019 Homecoming

This past weekend in the capital of African America—Atlanta—a gathering of Black Excellence took place on hallowed grounds in the city’s West End neighborhood. SpelHouse, the famed and noble portmanteau ...

Added October 29, 2019