From a conference room in Montréal, I prayed silently for Philando’s family and friends. I prayed for my state, which had once again erupted in chaos, just eight months after Jamar Clark, another black man, was shot and killed in North Minneapolis. I prayed for the safety of black lives everywhere because black life is not a given, it’s a blessing.
The path to untangling the loneliness and isolation that many men experience may be complicated, but there is one simple step men can take today: Take a walk with a friend.
In featuring black characters who confounded stereotypes, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gave language to a generation of black Americans looking for affirmation of their experiences.
In Black Panther, the struggle between hero and villain is not simply a fight between good and evil, but rather the difficult reconciliation between African and African American identity. Jeffrey Bissoy writes about the questions Marvel falls short of exploring.