Brokey McPoverty, aka Tracy Clayton, is a writer and humorist from Louisville, KY. She currently writes for BuzzFeed and lives in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter.

So Kendrick came through and melted everybody’s face off when he dropped this track a couple of days ago. “The Blacker The Berry” is a reminder of several things: He is an absolute BEAST in the booth. His politics are a bit…unsettling. Evoking the myth of black-on-black crime while regarding the death of black men Read More

Black people don’t go to therapy. We go to church. Right? That’s one of the lines of thought that National Minority Mental Health Awareness is fighting against. Every July, mental health orgs ramp up efforts to overcome the stigma of asking for help with mental and emotional issues in the black community. For two years Read More

This makes about as much sense to me as standing outside with a sign that says “You Can Slap My Ass” in order to spark a conversation about street harassment.

Refusing to learn how to pronounce Quvenzhané’s name says, pointedly, you are not worth the effort. The problem is not that she has an unpronounceable name, because she doesn’t. The problem is that white Hollywood, from Ryan Seacrest and his homies to the AP reporter who decided to call her “Annie” rather than her real name, doesn’t deem her as important as, say, Renee Zellwegger, or Zach Galifinakis, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whom have names that are difficult to pronounce–but they manage.

| via | Between Mr. Gaines from A Different World passing away and me losing my BBQ sunflower seeds, this Black History Month was on a fast track to becoming one of the saddest in history.  Until, that is, Twitter banded together, shed their shrouds of indifference, made some hot, sweet, sticky, witty love* and Read More

Harambee, brothers and sisters in struggle!  With the blessing of another year comes another chance to celebrate our nappy ass roots and search the forgotten annals of black history.  For the last few years, we’ve been bringing you the wildly informative and 100% true and accurate* series Know Your History, wherein we tell you the Read More

Last night, much of Twitter united to reclaim and rewrite our favorite less-than-progressive rap and hip hop lyrics.  It was a beautiful thing. It all started when I was listening to 2 Chainz, which I do when there’s no one around to judge me for it, and I thought about the line “She got a Read More