Over the weekend, the first black President of the United States landed in, arguably, the capital of black America to speak at the commencement of the nation’s only institution of higher learning dedicated to educating black men. The occasion was a unique opportunity to address issues facing black males in America and was indeed a rousing call to action.
The campuses of Morehouse College and Spelman College are especially close. In fact, they’re right next to each other. Proximity aside, there’s a special bond between the unofficial brother-sister institutions – one so close that students and alumni affectionately call the pair “SpelHouse.” Recent events, however, threaten to weaken that bond and illuminate old tensions between the schools.
My grandma, Margie Jean Ramsey, died last summer at 73 after decades of health challenges and having buried a husband and three children. Yes she was sweet, warm even, but she could also be as hard as granite. I learned from her that sometimes we have to be.
Ultimately, with Django Unchained, Tarantino toys with a magic he doesn’t understand: a blend of images, symbols, memories and suggestions so dangerous that we usually tuck them away like Pandora's box or precede them with trigger warnings.
It’s been heralded as an instant classic and for good reason. good kid, m.A.A.d. city is one of the most comprehensive Hip-Hop albums since Jay-Z and NaS captivated audiences with their major label debuts. In his, 25-year-old Kendrick Lamar displays a talent for storytelling and lyrical agility head and shoulders over his contemporaries. The kid is clearly talented, the city fucked up. What results when the two meet is a magnum opus that demands recognition.