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Terence Nance and Damon Young on Random Acts of Flyness, Intentional Acts of Blackness, and the Beauty of Lotion

Four things you don’t really need to know before watching this (but I’m going to tell you anyway)

As Ugly As President Trump Is, He's Just A Mirror For White America As Ugly As President Trump Is, He's Just A Mirror For White America

Earlier today, while millions of Americans prepared to get hit by what’s expected to be a devastating hurricane, the man America elected president got on an app and denied the existences of thousands of Americans—claiming that their deaths were fabricated by his political rivals to make him look bad.

Has Valerie Scogin, the Teacher Who Said Black People Should Go Back to Africa, Ever Taken a DNA Test? Because, Well ... Has Valerie Scogin, the Teacher Who Said Black People Should Go Back to Africa, Ever Taken a DNA Test? Because, Well ...

There have been and will continue to be calls for Valerie Scogin — the Louisiana school teacher who essentially called black people lazy animals who should go back to Africa—to be suspended and/or fired. These demands have merit, because not only is Scogin racist, she got her “facts” from a MAGA fortune cookie. And…

The Manic Pixie Lightskint, Explained The Manic Pixie Lightskint, Explained

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When You're Black and in America, Even Victories Sometimes Feel Like Defeats When You're Black and in America, Even Victories Sometimes Feel Like Defeats

There was a moment — a few moments, actually — directly following Barack Obama’s win in 2008 when I think I felt how it feels to be a white American. I’ve never actually been white, so this thought is based on a generous presumption. But when I think of whiteness in a micro context and how whiteness must allow white…

Why I Hate Biopics Why I Hate Biopics

So the title is a lie. Any list of my all-time favorite movies would include both Goodfellas and Malcolm X in it—both of which are biopics—and there many others that I’ve enjoyed watching. So, as a rule, I do not actually hate watching movies that are based on a real person’s life and the events that occurred during…

Terence Nance's WhitePeopleWontSaveYou.org and the Never-Ending Loop of White Saviors on Screen Terence Nance's WhitePeopleWontSaveYou.org and the Never-Ending Loop of White Saviors on Screen

You know that feeling when you drink a drink that you (frequently) drank as a young adult—Hpnotiq, perhaps (or maybe even the Incredible Hulk)—and you’re shocked and horrified (and impressed) by how terrible it tastes to you now? Well, that was me Sunday afternoon, after browsing channels and somehow landing on The…

White People Just Keep White Peopleing White People Just Keep White Peopleing

It would be wildly disingenuous to claim that I was disappointed in The New Yorker editor David Remnick’s decision to feature sentient barrow of racist cat jizz Steve Bannon at The New Yorker’s fall festival. Because that would mean I still possess the capacity to be disappointed by white people, and I do not. I am,…

The 10 Best, Blackest, Messiest and Ugliest Moments From Aretha Franklin's Epic Marathon Homegoing The 10 Best, Blackest, Messiest and Ugliest Moments From Aretha Franklin's Epic Marathon Homegoing

1. At 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon—a time which was already 30 minutes past the very optimistic target ending time on the agenda for Aretha Franklin’s homegoing—my wife and I left the house during Rev. Jesse Jackson’s speech to buy a mattress for a bed delivered to us the day before.

Yeah, This Might Be Jason Whitlock’s Worst and Saddest Take Ever Yeah, This Might Be Jason Whitlock’s Worst and Saddest Take Ever

Sentient pile of repurposed lamp-heated rotisserie pork rinds Jason Whitlock has descended so far into the abyss of oafish takes and porkpie hats that my feelings about him have shifted from annoyance to contempt to where they exist now, which is pity.

Donald Trump Does Not Want That Smoke From Andrew Gillum Donald Trump Does Not Want That Smoke From Andrew Gillum

Admittedly, I do not know much about Andrew Gillum. I know he won the Democratic nomination in Florida’s primary race for governor, beating heavy favorite Gwen Graham. I know he’s the mayor of Tallahassee. I know he graduated from Florida A&M—which is why every FAMU grad I’m Facebook friends with had 22,000 word-long…

John McCain Was a White American Hero John McCain Was a White American Hero

John McCain was a white American man, whose whiteness and Americanness and maleness were his most prominent and predictable characteristics. He was also considered to be a hero. Barack Obama spoke on McCain’s “courage to put the greater good above our own.” Joe Biden remarked that McCain’s life was “proof that some…

The First Mystery in Season 3 of True Detective Is WTF Is Up With Mahershala Ali’s Wig? The First Mystery in Season 3 of True Detective Is WTF Is Up With Mahershala Ali’s Wig?

I did not watch the previous iterations of True Detective. Not for any particular reason, really. I generally like dark and deliberate murder mysteries—I had to resuscitate myself to write this after Sharp Objects killed me last night—but there just wasn’t any room for True Detective on the plate of shows I actively…

10 Probably Not All That Interesting Reasons Why I Got the Title of My Book Tattooed on My Arm 10 Probably Not All That Interesting Reasons Why I Got the Title of My Book Tattooed on My Arm

Hello. My name is Damon Young. My debut memoir, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, is available for preorder. If you haven’t already, go ahead and preorder a few.

Why Do Black Republicans Usually Have Such Bad Haircuts? An Important Exposé Why Do Black Republicans Usually Have Such Bad Haircuts? An Important Exposé

Before we begin today, I believe it’s important to make something clear.

Yeah, Telling Black Women ‘To Carry Pepper Spray’ to Fight Street Harassment Is Missing the Point Yeah, Telling Black Women ‘To Carry Pepper Spray’ to Fight Street Harassment Is Missing the Point

While at lunch with a friend a few years ago, she couldn’t locate her lip gloss, so she emptied her purse out on the table to find it. She didn’t have much in there—an iPhone, a wallet, her keys and a small make-up kit. And also, a can of pepper spray.

Racist White Man Allegedly Stabs Black Man to Death, Then Asks Police for a Ride Home Racist White Man Allegedly Stabs Black Man to Death, Then Asks Police for a Ride Home

On Sunday, 24-year-old Joden Rocco was charged in the stabbing death of 24-year-old Dulane Cameron Jr. outside of a bar in Pittsburgh. But as details from the incident emerge, a story that initially seemed like just an unusually tragic outcome to a bar fight has been discovered to have serious racial implications.

It's Not Unrealistic for Issa on Insecure to Be 30 With Multiple Jobs and Homeless Because I've Been That Too It's Not Unrealistic for Issa on Insecure to Be 30 With Multiple Jobs and Homeless Because I've Been That Too

The characters on Insecure sometimes make decisions that make me question if they were born on the same Earth that other earthlings inhabit. (For instance, Lawrence in season 2 bringing Aparna to Tiffany’s birthday dinner from hell.) Also, I agree with Vulture’s Jasmine Sanders in that the writers sometimes seem to be…

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