Americans are living in a moment dominated by sociopolitcal fear. Provocations of fear inundate our national conversations and declarations that we should fear others are spewed from the White House. At the core of the MAGA message is fear of the future and fear of change. Birdbox shows us what happens to society when we let fear become the primary glue that holds us together.
Becoming is a memoir about many things. It’s a coming of age story, a love story, a story of how a young woman finds her voice, her passion, her power. Becoming is a story about the fortitude of family and the promise of education. It’s a lens into America’s failures. It's an ode to the American Dream. Becoming chronicles how a young girl from the South Side of Chicago, daughter to working class parents becomes the first African American First Lady of the United States.
The only constant in life is change. This adage can be applied to language, which morphs and evolves as the world around us changes. New realities require new words and phrases. Sometimes our lexicon keeps up; other times we need to make up words from thin air (#fetch). Read on for a proposed list of new words describing this moment in time.
Janelle Monae’s latest album, ‘Dirty Computer’ beautifully weaves themes of black resistance, feminism, and self-love while squarely centering queerness and black womanhood. The album and its accompanying emotion picture are groundbreaking. Here, I’ve written an in-depth analysis of ‘Dirty Computer.’ I dissect the songs, the videos, and discuss the potential lasting effects of Janelle Monae’s magnus opus.
Humankind’s pioneering spirit has propelled us from the savannas of East Africa to virtually every habitat in the world, and even to worlds that aren’t our own. Space represents the next great frontier, and we should be exploring space, not only to satisfy our curiosity, but also to ensure the survival of humankind.
Drake's new single and accompanying video "Nice For What" is an infectious bop that also serves as a female empowerment song. Here I review what makes the song such a pop-culture gem and why 2018 may be the year Drake snatches all our wigs.
As the government falls apart, we the people continue to move on. Here, I examine a new era in American society defined by complacency for a rogue, erratic President who routinely attacks the pillars of democracy.
Roleplaying has been a lot of things to me: an excuse to socialize; a way around the pesky notion that I might someday have to grow up and stop playing pretend; an intense thought exercise; an engaging math problem; a co-creative wonderland. So pull up a chair, and let’s share a tale or two.
At an event I attended, a storyteller described the level of human connection that can be created through sharing our stories…
Let’s talk about a very small, yet very big, thing any of us can do—right now, today, tonight, tomorrow…
Chances for deeper thoughts, thoughts beyond survival.
The little plant on my window sill struggles, sometimes, to grow.
The thing you think needs to be said, and when you say it—others say (out loud or in their heads), "I’m so glad someone said that."
Our relationships with our parents are funny things— ultimately the product of several different relationships...
Straddling two worlds is hard.
Dating is hard sometimes. Apps speed up the process....
Promise me another 8 years. At least another 5…
Writing diversity statements in response to academic job postings is difficult, and there is very little actionable advice on the topic. We got you! Based on my own experience in hiring roles at Universities, I share the 5 areas your diversity statement should address: mentorship, advocacy, representation/visibility, curricula/training materials, and classroom management strategies.
#AbolishICE has a lot of people asking what comes after. Don’t be that person. Ask smarter questions. The Global Dandy is here to help!
The latest streak in contrarian hot-takes casts Killmonger as an archetype of black American men, radical consciousness and revolutionary politics. By remembering Afro-Caribbean histories, the revolution can do a lot better than Killmonger's politics of self-pitying butthurt.
We got you! Casual fans don't have to wonder what's happening with all those Black characters on screen, and really good fans can get a refresher. Let the SLR help you be in the know to root for everybody black.
Oprah's Sunday speech deftly performed a radical move: The casting of of un-prosecuted, state-sanctioned sexual crimes as the real origins of the #MeToo movement
December has been a quiet month, but there are surprises in store. Quick update on the Global Dandy.
Thinking through Thanksgiving is a state of mind. In these reflections, I share two ways I bring the practice of gratitude into my everyday life: (1) Thanksgiving through Gratitude as Abundance and (2) Thanksgiving as Gratitude in Contingent Blessing.
As progressives begin making gains at the local levels, what should they be focusing on?
Four Tips on how to host a party that is fun, while having fun myself and wasting as little deadtime as possible. Introducing a new section of Confessions of a Global Dandy: The Over-Analyze and Chill roundup.
This is an anatomy of rape-culture. Let me not bury the lede: The wide-spread problem of sexual assault is not because of the Weinsteins of the world in their gluttonous villainy, but in the unsung supporting cast of enables. Civility and politeness are the chief weapons in this arsenal of silence.