After the tragic murder of Philadelphia-born rapper PnB Rock in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, I noticed several articles making urgent pleas to his hip-hop peers, imploring them to take an honest look at the violence and brutal gang lifestyle glorified in the genre. This petition is decades old, as critics of rap that include cultural scholars, ...Read more
When "Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul." was released earlier this month, I read a lot of mixed reactions on social media to the film, which is a dark satire on Black megachurch culture in the South. The writer and director, Adamma Ebo, and her producer and twin sister, Adanne, received great reviews at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but ...Read more
Being just a little over two years removed from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beginning of this school year is the closest to past normality for many colleges and universities.
The four freshmen English composition classes that I teach at Ohio State University's Lima campus during the fall are in person. With the Zoom lull from online...Read more
The dangerous and deadly trend in Columbus, Ohio, of teenagers stealing Kias and Hyundais has unfortunately been on an upward slope since January. Many of these teens are part of a gang known as "The Real Kia Boys," which originated in Milwaukee. Youth in other states have adopted this moniker due to the popularity of these car thefts growing on...Read more
As the second week of the 2022 fall semester is rapidly winding up for my English composition classes, I decided to take in one last summer movie before my heavy essay grading begins: Jordan Peele's neo-Western sci-fi horror film "Nope."
If you're a fan of Peele's work, you know that his primary cinematic purpose isn't solely to entertain you. ...Read more
If you have watched the Emmy-nominated sitcom "Abbott Elementary," you'll get the feeling that we definitely need to laugh to keep from crying regarding the urgent crises public school teachers are facing in K-12 education across the nation. Following the demoralizing challenges and suppressed frustrations of teachers at Abbott, a fictional and ...Read more
"Comparison is the thief of joy."
These profound words of insight were shared by Ohio State University quarterback and Heisman frontrunner C.J. Stroud during his Big Ten Media Days interview with FOX Sports college football analyst R.J. Young. Stroud stated that he received this advice from his father and would pass it along to younger...Read more
During one of our afternoon power walks, my mother and I came across a male eastern tiger swallowtail, the gorgeous Georgia state butterfly. As it hovered around looking to feed on nectar, it landed on a patch of green leaves just long enough for me to snap a photo with my phone. I marveled at the beauty of its bright yellow forewings trimmed in...Read more
As the accolades overflowed from current and former NBA players when Boston Celtics great Bill Russell passed away peacefully on July 31, one of the unique attributes of his legacy that stands out is that he never craved attention or being in the spotlight.
In Russell's 2013 acceptance speech during the unveiling of the Boston City Hall ...Read more
There has been a lot of focus lately on President Joe Biden's age and whether he is physically fit and mentally adept enough to make a run for the White House again in 2024. Nearing 80 years old, Biden is being viewed as an electoral liability by younger Democrats and harsh critics who feel that he is well past his political prime. His approval ...Read more
Regal. Elegant. Stunningly beautiful. This is how I have always thought of Rachel Robinson, the widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson. Rachel celebrated her 100th birthday on July 19 and was honored at the MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. I distinctly remember learning more about her in a Black history sports class that I was taking as a ...Read more
"Rise," one of the best summer movies this year, did not get as much attention as some of the most anticipated films such as "Jurassic World Dominion," "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." "Rise" is a biopic based on the lives of NBA superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and his older brother, Thanasis, who ...Read more
The Texas State Board of Education recently rejected a proposal to redefine the term of slavery as "involuntary relocation" for second grade students.
I suppose the nine educators who pitched this idea had intentions of making a sensitive topic like slavery more palatable for elementary school students under the new, restricted state guidelines...Read more