11 Reasons We Still Need To Talk About Race

July 30, 2014

To help spread the word about Facing Race, I asked a bunch of thinkers and activists for their one-sentence answer on why race still matters in 2014.

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Three Things About The Donald Sterling Tape

May 23, 2014

Or 5 or 6 things, depending how you want to count. Pardon the sound quality, my mic was messing up a bit. Originally posted a while ago but I hadn't gotten around to putting it here.

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Moving the Race Conversaton Forward

January 28, 2014

A special video I made for Race Forward, drawing from their new research paper on how the news media covers race issues. Make sure to download the full paper and check it for yourself.

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Talking Hip-Hop with W. Kamau Bell

October 28, 2013

In case you missed it, here's my appearance on Totally Biased last week, talking about Kanye, homophobia and other hip-hop issues.

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My Talk at the XOXO Festival

October 21, 2013

Hello hello! I've been busy the last few months some non-Doctrine projects, but in the meantime here's a talk I was honored to give at this year's XOXO festival in Portland, in its rambly entirety. You should make sure to check out the rest of the talks as well. Christina Xu, Mike Rugnetta and Molly Crabapple were all dope, among others.

P.S. Hello to everyone who may be coming here after seeing me on Totally Biased tonight! Afterwards I wished I'd made it a bit clearer I don't love EVERYTHING Kanye does, but being on TV is this weird out-of-body experience where I never quite say everything my brain is telling my mouth to say.

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On Don Lemon, Race, and "Respectability"

August 1, 2013

Responding to Don Lemon's dubious advice for young black men.


More analysis here:

What Don Lemon Gets Wrong About Moms
Don Lemon and the Failure of Respectability Politics

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On B. Scott, and BET's Big Fail

July 10, 2013

Checking in on what I've been following this week.

Jelani Cobb on Zimmerman and Trayvon
The CFC on Rachel Jeantel
Nerdy Love Song
Yasiin Bey's Guantanamo Protest
California Prison Hunger Strike
Female Inmates Sterilized Without Approval in California

Also see the bonus video below!

Continue reading "On B. Scott, and BET's Big Fail"

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T-Paining Too Much: The meme-ification of Charles Ramsey

May 9, 2013

So many big questions to ask about Cleveland, so much to grapple with. So much that is unthinkable but needs so direly to be thought about. I feel like it’ll be a while before I can say anything intelligent about it. But in the meantime here are some thoughts about the side questions around the Charles Ramsey phenomenon.

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Haters Don't Die, They Multiply (Return of the Little Hater)

February 13, 2013


On being creative, and the little voices that get inside your head and stop you from shining.

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Ill Doc Station Announcement

January 31, 2013

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