What’s next after the killings in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights and Dallas?
.@jocelyn_jc on Afropunk and the innovators that are pushing culture forward
.@johnhmcwhorter on the every-changing nature of language
A recurring (and persistent) narrative got me thinking about just how hard it still is to change assumptions in 2014.
Some numbers never leave you. For me, this is one.
No surprise that there are still a lot of racists out there. They show up as trolls on YouTube, especially when a commercial like this comes out. I say, Eff them. And bravo, Cheerios, for making an interracial couple a commonplace thing in your ad. After all, more and more American families will look like […]
The BET anchor graciously quotes from my N-word op-ed
When it comes to the N-word, black people have no one to blame but ourselves.
What was on display today was the power of Obama. Let me explain. He frequently talks about unity and some dismiss it as naive dreaming. However, what was clear today was that there is a strength in talking openly and honestly about the issues that lie ahead of us. Race is such an issue, and […]
Elsewhere on this blog, I’ve talked about how culture provides a context not only for how marketing communications are understood, but also for how we understand the world. Malcolm Gladwell comes at this from a slightly different angle as he explores the supposed I.Q. gap between Blacks and White in his review of James Flynn’s […]
The production is great. The choir is rousing. It’s made it into the media rotation during "Ugly Betty". So what’s wrong with this spot? It’s lazy. Cynical. Perhaps the brief read something like this: "Create awareness among an African-American audience of Mazda’s Motor Trend award." So some lazy CD turned to the client and said: […]