Category Archives: race

Yo Da Man

“Hey you know something people I’m not black But there’s a whole lots a times I wish I could say I’m not white.” I have lived by these words from the Mothers of Invention’s FREAK OUT LP, which I stole that record from Zayre discount store in 1969. I was working at the same store. […]

Are You A Neanderthal?

Test Yourself : Are you a Neanderthal? 1. Do your eyebrows meet in the middle? +5 2. Can you lock your knees in an upright position? -5 3. Got a chin? If the answer is no, +3 4. How about a forehead? If not, +3 5. Is it easy for you to balance a book […]

BAG OF NAILS by Peter Nolan Smith

Nicky Barnes was a drug dealing legend from the 70s. He ran his heroin empire from Harlem under the protection of the Lucchese crime syndicate. ‘Crazy Joe’ Gallo was his godfather and helped Barnes create ‘the Council’ to run the trade north of 125th Street. Barnes earned the name ‘Mr. Untouchable’ for his skill at […]

A Nascar Noose For Bubba

NASCAR properly responded to the current Black Lives Matter protests by banning the Stars and Bars Rebel Flag from display at race events, outraging their Dixie fans. A few days later the organization’s only African-American racer walked into Talladega Superspeedway’s Garage # 4 to be informed that the yank rope to the garage door was […]

The Selma Of The North

I grew up in the 1960s on the South Shore of Boston. Only two African-Americans lived in my hometown. The Red Sox star pitcher Luis Tiant and the esteemed US Senator Edward Brooke. My neighborhood friends opened their hearts to reveal the incurable hatred in their souls. I never spoke to them again without saying […]