Here is my confession right off the top: I am fascinated by Elizabeth Holmes, perhaps even to the point of obsession. But not for the reasons that so many American men of mature age, experience, and education are. …


It would be uncool of me to withhold actionable intel from my fellow citizens in their time of need. And if you are a person who has a bumper sticker on your car or a sign in your yard with any variation of the slogan “Back the Blue” on it…


I am vehemently opposed to any professional sports team playing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ as part of their pregame show. Because the game being played is on Black guys like me instead of being played on the field where it belongs. The reality is they still think this is…


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Difficult problems are seldom eradicated with simple discussions or peaceful solutions. Rape culture is just such a problem. It has been so pervasive and so persistent that only the hardest discussions will even come close to meeting the crisis. So buckle up tight for this one. And if you are…


Shaun King, courtesy of Black Entertainment Television

For those of you who title yourself an ‘activist’ in your bios, blurbs, posts and pics, I am offering you a friendly word of warning. But first I need you to know that I have a soft spot for you. And if your cause is even colorably altruistic I am…


CULTURE

An analysis of the way film explores Blackness in America

Idris Elba and Wood Harris in HBO’s The Wire

In the lauded HBO series The Wire, West Baltimore drug kingpin Avon Barksdale admonished his best friend and partner Stringer Bell with the famously misunderstood and meme-able line: “What I tell you about playing them fucking away games? Yeah, they saw your ghetto ass coming from miles away, nigger.


Black people have been ensnared in this quagmire since enslavement. Much has undeniably changed, but many dynamics remain the same. Our desire to build our own thriving communities, enterprises and families is every bit as strong in us as in any other people who have walked this land. …


Imagine packing a heavy suitcase and filling boxes with all of your personal effects and valuables. Then you load them into the trunk of your car and buckle up for a long road trip. The trip is not so far that you can’t make it without another driver to spell…


Room For Everyone; But Someone Sits At The Head.

Either this centuries-old paradigm of racial hierarchy was going to die, or the people living under it were going to die. The human race simply could not go on like this and expect to survive in any form that the reasonable and aspirational amongst us could possibly desire. The continuing…


Photo by Tyler Shields

Black men do not discuss this often, nor do we explore it openly. If the subject ever does come up in private settings it is usually because too many alcoholic beverages have been enjoyed, and the mood has downshifted from festive and bright to pensive and dark. So even then…

David St. Vincent

David St. Vincent is the founder of CARGO, a progressive think tank based in Atlanta. Actionable perspectives are featured and constructive dissent is welcome.

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