Being Smart is Overrated

Good afternoon y’all. I know I just dropped a post, but I got a lot on my mind today. Since I am on a roll, I might as well keep going. I know a lot of you are gonna look at the title of this post and be like, “Marc is bugging out with this.” Before you start thinking I been sipping on some green tea with traces of lead in it, just hear me out for a minute. Now obviously looking at 99.9 percent of the content of this blog, I am a brother that likes to read. Yes,...

Classic Review: 12 Million Black Voices-70th Anniversary

“…Our history is far stranger than you suspect, and we are not what we seem” –Richard Wright This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the publication of 12 Million Black Voices. Being that it is Black History Month, I feel as though now would be a good time to reflect on this work from not only one of Black America’s greatest writer’s but among the greatest American writer’s of the 20th century. The 1941 book is a chronicle of the realities of the African-American experience from the vantage point of the masses of the people. As the subtitle states, this...

People’s Uprising: Egypt And Beyond

The regime of Hosni Mubarak is no more. Three weeks of protests by the people of Egypt have brought down a regime that endured for three decades. This happened just this past Friday. Now on Sunday there was indication that similar protests were taking place in Algeria and Yemen. With this being the reality, it appears that this awakening in this part of the world is far from over. At this point, with things moving so rapidly, there are more questions than answers. With the military in effect taking over the reigns of power in Egypt, is the uprising in...

Moozlum: Review and Post-Panel Discussion Thoughts

This past Thursday I attended the film screening of “Mooz-lum” at Lincoln Center. In my last post I stated that this film was about a young Black man of Islamic faith struggling with this identity in addition to being an American. After having seen the film, there is a lot more to add to that synopsis. This picture is also a coming of age story for young Tariq (played by Evan Ross), showing his life and upbringing. I have to say that the acting was spot on, and struck the right chords overall.  Danny Glover and Nia Long both played...

Film Screening: “MOOZ-lum”

Black History Month begins today, and this week kicks off with a timely  screening in just two days. ImageNation presents the film “MOOZ-lum” directed by Qasim Basir at Lincoln Center on February 3rd. This movie tells the story of Tariq Mahdi, a young Black Muslim who grapples with issues of identity as a person of Islamic faith and an American. This film is scheduled to debut nationwide on February 11th. You can see the trailer to the film below. The film will be followed by a panel discussion titled: “Islam and the Black Experience” In light of all the recent...