Snarky but Informed Answers to Buzzfeed’s “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People”

Recently the Black people of Buzzfeed published this video which consisted of Black folks asking Black folks questions about our mannerisms, ideologies, histories, and perceptions. I’ll let you watch it below:

I think (some) of their questions deserve answers if only to show how shitty they really are in the first place. So below is a selection of questions from the video (paraphrased) and my answers to them. Take a gander and feel free, after reading this list, to NEVER ask any of these again. Continue reading “Snarky but Informed Answers to Buzzfeed’s “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People””

Rebel Researchers: VENT Mag

When we talk about rebel researchers we are referring to individuals or groups who have chosen to use their professional skills whether its in sociology, graphic design, law, social work, or dance to contribute to the furthering of justice in our society. They are rebels because they go against the grain of what society expects them to use their education and skills for, which is often power and profit. Today I … Continue reading Rebel Researchers: VENT Mag

[Hood Sociology] Lagos Lullabye: A Perspective on City Life

Singer and Lagos native Siji recently premiered the video for his single “Lagos Lullabye” off of his upcoming album “Home Grown.” Check out his video below and if you suck at following song lyrics like I do check them out here The video depicts Siji being driven through Lagos in a taxi. In the video and his song you get a snapshot of life in … Continue reading [Hood Sociology] Lagos Lullabye: A Perspective on City Life

[Hood Sociology] Connecting Racism and Imperialism via Hip Hop

Hip hop has always been a space where critical topics and concepts are discussed by both the artists and their listeners. For the past few years I’ve followed a Toronto group known as the Freedom Writers.  They are in my opinion one of the best conscious hip hop groups out right now combining a radical critique of the industry and society with a great stage … Continue reading [Hood Sociology] Connecting Racism and Imperialism via Hip Hop

The Hood Sociology Series

I am currently finishing up my MA Thesis on how residents of segregated communities define the border of their communities in relation to others around them. One of the big findings was that respondents used personal experiences as well as “taken-for-granted” knowledge about the city to define their borders. Because this project is taking place in my home community it got me thinking about all the little bits of social knowledge that black folks in Buffalo use everyday to navigate their lives and each other. Much of this knowledge comes out in conversations where we jokingly generalize the people living in our community. Contrary to the origin stories of many sociologists these conversations are what helped me develop much of my sociological imagination before I even knew what sociology was. In my mind I refer to this body of knowledge as hood sociology. Continue reading “The Hood Sociology Series”