Feeling Invisible At an Incognito Show

Leaving New York City and approaching the Lincoln Tunnel, there is a large mural with the old adage, “Nothing Is Impossible.” As i stared into the slight gaudiness of the font and semi-bright paint job, i silently disagreed, as at the moment, everything feels impossible.. It begins with night 1 of 2. As a person who used to skateboard and was heavily into skate culture (and particularly loved the Bones Brigade and folks like Steve Olson) primarily in my teens to early/mid 20s, i was excited to attend a conversation/presentation/Q&A with Rodney Mullen and Tony Hawk. On the day of . . .

Black, Angry and Proud

It’s an all-too-familiar sight in any corporate boardroom in this country. Black, female executives sitting primly and properly wearing artificial modest grins that to the educated eye fail to disguise a rumbling internal volcano fueled by crashing waves of white colleagues’ arrogance, incompetence and stupidity that the sisters dare not address or correct with any degree of passion because in this country passion is considered unacceptable “anger” when Black people display it. Newswise reported: “One barrier to the success of black women in business is the ‘angry black woman’ stereotype, which has long been embedded and perpetuated in American culture . . .

The Call for Community Control Over Public Schools

For many in Black and brown communities all across the country, folks are divided when it comes to their feelings and stances towards the public education system. Some feel that it’s a cesspool of violence and a place where students are trained like robots to assimilate to white European history, standards and are taught things that are never going to be used in their adult lives at all. On the flipside some people in Black and brown community understand that the public education system is heavily flawed but do their best as educators, parents, students, and staff to try and . . .

Examining Black Income Inequality in the US

In this nation, the American dream is nonexistent. Over 18 million Americans are living in abject poverty as a result of America’s wildly unequal wealth distribution, while the middle class has all but vanished due to wage stagnation and inflation. Half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, still working 40 hours a week. We were directed to go to school and earn degrees to prepare for the new technological advancements of a fast-paced economy. But the ruling class in this country is directly invested in keeping wages low and maintaining this system of economic insanity. Transformative technological change, led by . . .