I Will Not Be a Hashtag

#JarrodBrown Take a good look at that. Study it. Let it be burned into your memory so that you’ll recall this image years later. Go on. Take a really good look at it. That’s the only time you will see my name as a hashtag. Let me qualify. Maybe I’ll do something great enough in life to…

Me Too

Last week I read up on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. Disturbing doesn’t even describe it. The New York Times ran a bombshell piece on Weinstein’s alleged (I say alleged because it hasn’t been proven in court. However, if it walks like a duck….) abusive behavior towards multiple women in the movie industry. Soon…

24 Hours to Cope

Two nights ago, I was winding down playing NBA 2K18. I hopped on Twitter for a spell and I saw there was an active shooter situation in Las Vegas. For some reason the words “active shooter” didn’t click. I kind of dismissed it and went to bed. The next morning I woke up to read 50 people…

To My Friends that Hate Protesting

The past decade has been entrenched in protest. Occupy Wallstreet. Black Lives Matter. The Women’s March. Dakota Pipeline. NFL National Anthem. A demographic of America has chosen to exercise its First Amendment rights frequently within the last 10 years. Some protests make national news. Others are small and community based. Whatever the case, protesting is…

To Stand or to Kneel? That is the Question

Facebook was fairly interesting today. Instead of the usual football jargon, I read a lot of opinions on patriotism, law enforcement, racism, and bigotry. Needless to say, there were some heated conversations today. People went back and forth over their views of patriotism and how to display it. These conversations have been going on for…

Obsession with Tragedy

I’m lying here scrolling through Facebook per my usual morning routine. That really should not be the first thing I do when I wake up. That’s another post for a different day, though. During my leisurely scroll, I kept running into articles and videos from Hurricane Irma. This is the most recent news story as…

If You Are My Brother

Yesterday was a great deal to take in. A fire destroyed a London apartment building. A shooting occurred at a UPS Store in San Fra.  Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and several others were was wounded from gun fire during congressional baseball practice. Too. Much. Tragedy. How do we deal with it all? Social media (Facebook anyway) was largely quiet outside of major news…

What is Racism: Short and Sweet

I was in recent discussion with a peer about the convoluted subject of racism. Long story short, a church in my city was vandalized with graffiti. They drew swastikas, KKK, and wrote “Nigger” on the siding. I posted the local news article on Facebook with the sarcastic comment, “But….. this stuff doesn’t happen though.. 🙄🙄🙄”.  Discussion ensued…

Why Black History Month is Relevant

In the good-natured American way, Black History Month is questioned more and more each year. It seems as though a certain sect of people find this month to be useless and, well, racist. Yes, folks. People consider Black History month to be racist. It’s as if a whole month dedicated to the history of one…

My President

In two days Donald Trump is going to be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. His presidency has not officially started, and it’s already something to behold. Since the results have been released, protests (and some riots) popped up around the country. He’s been in Twitter battles with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin,…

How It Feels

The Army Corp of Engineers announced the decision to look for another route for the Dakota Access Pipeline. To be honest, I was shocked. We live in a nation that loves money. That’s the absolute number one priority for a lot of powerful people. The lower and middle classes often suffer from this mindset while…

The Romance with Martin Luther King, Jr.

The emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked many comparisons to the Civil Rights Movement. We can’t talk about the Civil Rights Movement without mentioning one name: Martin Luther King, Jr. As the face of the Civil Rights Movement, King preached nonviolence in an effort make progress in a historically violent country. His…