This past weekend, Mumia Obsidian Ali invited me onto his show Obsidian Radio to debate Panama Jackson, co-founder of VerySmartBrothers.com alongside Damon Young (author of the article “Straight Black Men Are the White People of Black People”). We discussed how the website characterizes Black men and contributes to the culture of Black male scapegoating… (more…)
“Contrary to the widely held misconceptions that Black Lives Matter was founded solely for men or boys…Alica Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and I created Black Lives Matter for Blackwomen!” – Opal Tometi (BLM Co-Founder) (more…)
“We have to be distrustful of the ideology and the people in the class position that’re trying to serve as the spokespeople for a race that tries to socialize everyone else into their ideology. So when these women are speaking, they’re speaking from a positionality of privilege and… White supremacist backing. Because there’s no way that so many with degrees in English should somehow be in the limelight as commentators, spokespersons for the race, and policy analysts. This is a deliberate organization of Black people, especially in the last two decades, where public intellectualism has become overwhelmingly conservative, hell-bent on propagating White liberalism, and fundamentally tied to the denigration and rationalization of the mass incarceration system and the demonization of Black men that takes Black men out of communities and out of homes.”1 (more…)
The release of Tommy J. Curry’s new text, The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood, is both monumental and groundbreaking. This text inaugurates a new field of study—namely, Black Male Studies, and Dr. Curry lays the foundation well by establishing a multi-layered, nuanced approach that encompasses new approaches to conceptualizing gender, develops new gender theory, re-evaluates sexuality, and creatively applies class-analysis in an effort to consider Black men on wholly new grounds. Curry accomplishes this difficult task with seeming ease.
I was invited to Texas A&M to give an address on anti-Black misandry a few weeks ago (scroll to 35 minutes for my talk) and was excited to take up the opportunity. The opportunity of which I speak was not so much about speaking at the campus, but working with my brother Dr. Tommy J. Curry on Black Male Studies.*