Very Smart Brothas

If Everything Is a Lynching, Nothing Is a Lynching

I’m reminded, today, a day after Donald Trump called his impeachment inquiry a lynching—and an hour after reading that good ole’ Uncle Joe Biden once made the same analogy about Bill Clinton’s impeachment ...

Added October 23, 2019

Zion Williamson Is Basketball Bo Jackson

You can find some of the very worst people in the world on Twitter, in barbershops, at bars, and anywhere else the upcoming NBA season is being discussed. If you need help distinguishing these repugnant ...

Added October 22, 2019

I Just Thought of the Perfect Comeback to Something Said About Me 30 Years Ago, and I Couldn't Be Happier

I am being generous (to myself) when thinking that half the people reading this will have at least one of the following responses to this title:Read more...

Added October 22, 2019

Netflix’s Top Boy Is A Series You Absolutely Should Binge (If You Haven't Already)

Top Boy is one of the best shows I’ve seen this year, but no one seems to be talking about it. Read more...

Added October 18, 2019

The Emperor Has No Jokes: How Come None of Y'all Told Me That Joker Was So Damn Boring?

Mostly, Joker was what I expected it to be.Read more...

Added October 16, 2019

8 Thoughts I Had While Getting My First Professional Massage

Last Saturday—October 12—was my one-year wedding anniversary. My wife and I made a whole day out of it, doing lunch, dinner and getting our staycation on at a hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., and hitting ...

Added October 15, 2019

There Are No Good Apples

It was somewhat disconcerting for my cousin, a cop in Washington, D.C., to attend my book event at Politics and Prose in March. Not really for me, since I knew he was coming. But when he walked in towards ...

Added October 14, 2019

Looking for an Unconventional Way to Give Back to Your Alma Mater? Take The Homecoming Challenge

At my daughter’s elementary school, they have a pretty cool program that has the potential to pay dividends far down the road. When you get to fifth grade, you are paired with a kindergarten buddy, and ...

Added October 11, 2019

Black Man With (Possible? Probable?) Hair Plugs Complains That Black People Care Too Much About Our Hair

Perhaps the most telling aspect of thrift shop fedora repurposed as a strip club daytime shift buffet tray with sentience Jason Whitlock’s continued descent into Take Perdition is that there’s no variance ...

Added October 11, 2019

The Definitive Guide to Conveying Your True Feelings With Work-Appropriate Emails

Tact is a lost art and so is professional pettyism within the workplace. Anyone employed in a semi-reputable work environment will tell you that email wars are real—very real.Read more...

Added October 10, 2019

Uber Driver, The Equalizer, a Home Depot Manager and More Things Joe Biden Should Be Instead of President

Joe Biden has settled into the BarcaLounger and Burn Notice phase of his life. Which is fine! My dad is there too, and in a slightly less-imperfect world, they’d be going on adventures to the mall and ...

Added October 09, 2019

I'm Sorry Y'all, But I Just Can't Find a Shit to Give About Donald Trump's Impeachment

So before I write this thing, I have to admit that, right now, I’m about to do a version of a thing that deeply annoys me. Someone will write a thing. (Let’s say about libertarian marsupials.) And the ...

Added October 08, 2019

8 Very Black Reasons to Check Out Raising Dion on Netflix

Netflix’s original series, Raising Dion, dropped on Friday, October 4, and became my newest binge. I watched all nine episodes over the weekend and now I feel like talking about it. While watching, I made ...

Added October 07, 2019

Kanye Only Wants to Make Gospel Now. But He’s at His Best When He’s Blending the Secular and the Sacred

Kanye West will come out with an album…at some point. Read more...

Added October 04, 2019

Kanye Only Wants to Make Gospel Now. But He's at His Best When He's Blending the Secular and the Sacred

Kanye West will come out with an album…at some point. Read more...

Added October 04, 2019

18-Year-Old Brandt Jean’s Hug of Amber Guyger Made Me Sick. But It Ain’t About Me, Though

The conversation about Brandt Jean’s hug of convicted murderer Amber Guyger has mostly cannibalized both the news of the (still surprising) conviction and the (not surprising at all) sentence. The image ...

Added October 04, 2019

Facebook, Why the Fuck Do You Keep Putting These Spammy Fake News Sites at the Top of My Feed?

I don’t pretend to know the mechanics of how most things work. I don’t know why nutmeg matters so much when making french toast, how rainbows are always perfect arcs, or even how Travis Scott has become ...

Added October 03, 2019

What Our Reactions to the H&M Child Model’s Hair Really Said About Our Feelings About Black Hair

Any black person who has embarked on a natural hair journey can inform you that afro-textured hair is work. After going natural over five years ago, I’ve spent countless hours experimenting with everything ...

Added October 02, 2019

This Is My Third Season Not Watching the NFL. Here's How My Life Has Changed Since I Stopped

Back in 2017, I decided to give up watching NFL games for various reasons. Chief among them was that I didn’t like how the NFL was treating Colin Kaepernick in the wake of his nonviolent protests against ...

Added October 02, 2019

I Just Binged Season 1 of Succession and It Feels Like I Was on a White People Safari

I don’t remember exactly what Kotaku staff editor Natalie Degraffinried said a month ago when attempting to convince me to watch Succession. But knowing Natalie, I’m certain it involved some combination ...

Added October 01, 2019

Filed Under 'Marriage': My Wife Steals My Cool Clothes So She Can Get All the Cool Points

I’m coming up on a year of marriage next month—October 12, to be exact—and the year has flown by. Like I assume most couples do on the eve of that first year anniversary, we’ve both reflected (together ...

Added September 23, 2019

Should Salads Be on Plates or in Bowls? (A Short Debate About a Dumb Thing People Do)

I eat salads often now, because I have transitioned to a phase of my life where I’m expected to eat them often, and I don’t want to subvert those expectations. I’m so immersed in salad culture, so attuned ...

Added September 20, 2019

I Am Still a Part of the Rhythm Nation 30 Years Later and That's Alright With Me

I recently saw a Billboard article that ranked every song on Janet Jackson’s fourth studio album, 1989’s Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (we’ll just call it Rhythm Nation from here on out)—though I ...

Added September 20, 2019