8/17: Dear Millennials, Here’s why Aretha Franklin bridges generations

When I first heard of Aretha Franklin’s passing, I thought to myself, “Oh okay. Aretha is dead.” Even now, admitting my shortsighted conclusion is embarrassing at worse and disrespectful at best. The Queen of Soul is literally a time capsule that bridges almost seven decades of civil rights within one, iconic being. It is only…

8/6: 50 years later, Tommie Smith & John Carlos are LeBron James

This just in: 14x All Star, 4x League MVP, 3x Finals MVP, Founder of I Promise School, Husband & Father LeBron James is executive producing a three part docu-series titled “Shut Up and Dribble” to air in October on Showtime and it will highlight the ever growing intersection of sports and politics. Okay, read that…

8/3: James has been critiquing the POTUS for a year. Why respond now?

LeBron James has spent the last year and some change criticizing the president: In August 2017, James tweeted that the president has “made [hate] fashionable again”; The next month, he followed by tweeting his famous “U bum” headline; And during the NBA finals in June 2018, he told reporters that “no matter who wins [the…

7/19: NFL rescinds new anthem policy, doesn’t end controversy

On May 23, the NFL announced its new policy that requires all players and league personnel to stand for the anthem if they are on the field, otherwise they are allowed to wait in the locker room until its conclusion, the league reports, which supposedly ends the two year history of players kneeling during the…

POTUS says NFL’s new anthem policy is “worse.” Is it though?

The disconnect between what NFL players are protesting— the national anthem, and by virtue the flag— versus why they are protesting— police brutality against people of color— is the wedged issue that continues to derail what could be a productive conversation about criminal justice reform.

The Flint Water Crisis: 4 Years Later

In a four year story of twists and turns, the most recent development of the Flint Water Crisis is that the state of Michigan has indefinitely suspended free bottled water for Flint residents because “Flint’s water is now well within the standards set by the federal government,” per Governor Rick Snyder in a press release….