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When Keeping It Real Goes Black-ish

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2014 by sophisticat

Originally Posted on UppityNegroNetwork the personal blog of Joshua Lazard

The Uppity Negro


“Black-ish picks up the conversation the Huxtables were having when the cameras weren’t on.”
–myself, 9/24/2014

To round off ABC’s Wednesday night line-up with millennial sit-coms using the pre-year 2000 format of focusing on the American family, after three back-to-back shows focusing predominantly on Anglo-Saxon families, there is a black family.  Well, I guess they’re black-ish.

Thirty years after “The Cosby Show” debuted, ABC’s “Black-ish” has hit the airwaves, and much to #BlackTwitter’s shock and awe, the pilot episode actually gets off to a good start.  With a soundtrack that hits the pulse with every step of the 22 minutes a sit-com has to air, most were probably thinking, this show can’t be too bad if the first sound you hear is Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” recalling the profundity of not just the song and a saner Kanye, but also just how intentionally black the song truly…

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It’s Complicated

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2014 by sophisticat

This piece was originally posted on “The Uppity Negro” the personal blog of Joshua Lazard

The Uppity Negro


Domestic violence, inherently, creates complexities on both sides of the gender aisle.  We, as a society, have to admit that in order to have an open and honest conversation.  This would be a conversation that appropriately lets emotions be felt and listen to opinions that may seem like something directly from a male chauvinist playbook be dealt with directly.  The first open and honest paradigm that should govern these types of conversations is that the victim should not be further victimized.  There is nothing ever that the victim caused to be a victim of domestic abuse.  There is no word or action that has the power of causation for them to be hit or struck in any shape, form or fashion.

I’ve sat back, silently (and perhaps that is a fault of my own I hope to explore later in this piece), and watched some of my black brothers bring out…

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Accountability: An Editor’s Response

Posted in Uncategorized on March 18, 2014 by sophisticat

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Intellectual Consortium Uncovered

On behalf of Uppity and Antagonist, I thank Kawana Williams for her submission. I must say this is an excellent way to progress with this open collective. In our first submission, we let you all know who we are and how we function. We have endless conversations about any and everything under the sun. Kawana’s submission was one such topic. As an editor, I felt it necessary to respond. There are at least two reasons I elected to write this response. I am the only member of the ICU that has been married or divorced, for that matter. I am also the only woman, obviously.

A few years ago I worked in customer service and one of the key factors to providing customers with a quality experience was for the customer service representative to “take ownership” of the call. So what is ownership and how does it factor into this…

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My husband is not my soul mate.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2013 by sophisticat

Right perspective!

The Art in Life

It might seem odd that on this, our one-year anniversary, I am beginning a post with the declaration that my husband is not my soul mate. But he isn’t.WegmannWedding161

I wouldn’t want to imagine life without James. I enjoy being with him more than anyone else in this world. I love him more than I ever thought you could love someone, and I miss him whenever I am not with him. I wouldn’t want to married to anyone else other than James, which is good, because I plan on being married to him forever, and he has to let me die first.

But I reject the entire premise of soul mates.

WegmannWedding294Do you remember those awesome Evangelical 90’s/ early 2000’s where Jesus was kind of like our boyfriend and we all kissed dating good-bye because we just knew that God was going to bring us THE ONE and then life…

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The White Female Privilege of Juror B37

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2013 by sophisticat

Check out my brother’s post. Excellent work from the Uppity Negro!

The Uppity Negro

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Our racial prejudices, the ones that we heard the older people in our family say, the racial jokes about Mexicans without regard for Latino and Hispanic ancestry that isn’t just from one country, or about Chinese or the Koh-reeans to the Aa-rabs, they all inform our worldview.  The offspring of these people are forced to navigate murky social waters seeing as how this society becomes more and more pluralistic, it could easily make going to a diverse high school even more challenging if being raised in a household where a certain ethnic group or nationality is constantly looked down upon for everything.

That being said, I’ll never forget a conversation in high school either my sophomore or junior year of high school in which a classmate, black and male made a comment about a teacher he wasn’t too fond of and he said “She got WWS.”  Naturally, I asked “What’s…

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Lesson 2: Perspective

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2012 by sophisticat

Lesson 2: Perspective.

Lesson 1: After

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2012 by sophisticat

Lesson 1: After.

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