Archive for March, 2009

Slavery did not end, it’s just been updated in the form of human trafficking! Beneath you will find a video that I was recently emailed that features a song by Peter Buffet andAkon. The song is entitled, “Blood into Gold (Remix)” and was commissioned to heighten awareness of modern day slavery in the form of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a major problem throughout the globe, but flourishes in many places throughout the African Diaspora. Please spread the word and also visit to find out how to move from awareness to action!

Yesterday, at the age of 94, the unparalleled historian of the African-American experience John Hope Franklin passed away into the […]

Wellness Weekend

March 20, 2009 · 0 Comments

So yesterday I was all existential on twitter, which I rarely do, so today I’ll mesh them on my blog. I’m declaring this weekend “wellness weekend” because I was passed three events happening in NYC that stimulate the psychological, spiritual, mental, and physical. Most are free or low cost. Check them out!

First, let me say that I pay little attention to the Pope or his statements. I spent eight years of my life in catholic school ignoring Pope John Paul II and now Pope Benedict XVI has joined that club. In a recent visit to Africa, Pope Benedict exclaimed, “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters aboard the plane heading to Yaoundé. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.” Now let me explain why this is wrong!!!!

V Day in Harlem

March 18, 2009 · 0 Comments

On April 11th, V Day will be celebrated in Harlem with performances of the Vagina Monologues at 6 and 8pm at the Maysles Institute. The recent headlines have put domestic violence, sex and race on the national radar, though most of the conversations have been too shallow and misdirected for my liking (that’s for a different post). The Vagina Monologues is a uniquely powerful performance and movement to not only stop violence against women but also resurrect love for womanhood in a world where misogyny is the norm. Please SUPPORT!!!!

Jim Cramer of Mad Money’s interview from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I’m sure Jim Cramer wishes he never did this interview and the one they kept referencing.

The Root has an interesting piece on the reclaimation or redefinition of Arab by Saaret Yoseph. What do you think […]

Today CCNY will feature a lecture by Kwame Appiah on “Race and Genomics” as well as host a stop on the “Live from Death Row” tour. Great chance to think about race theoretically and practically.

Today is Biggie day. I let the man speak for himself. Rest in Peace.

This week, my dear friend Yusef Ramelize, took on the issue of homelessness. No, he didn’t decide to volunteer at a soup kitchen. No he didn’t decide to give out change to someone he saw as he was exiting the platform. No he didn’t email his friends and tell them they should join a “homelessness sucks” cause on facebook. He decided to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness by getting a first person experience. Yusef is going homeless for one week.