Don’t Sleep! Gifts for the Newly Woke on Black (AF) Friday

Let’s just keep it real: The newly converted, whether they be Muslims or Masons, AKAs or vegans … can be totally exasperating when they see “the light.” In the case of the freshly woke, that light is noire, and it manifests in tried-and-true platitudes like, “Black is beautiful,” “Natural hair is fabulous” or…

Unique Views, Episode 35: You Might Be Woke, but You Ain’t Belafonte Woke

Being awake doesn’t mean you are woke. I’ve tried to explain this to my co-host and The Root’s creative producer, Danielle Young, aka Ms. Patti LaDanielle, but she doesn’t get it. Danielle is asleep. Fine, maybe she is awake, but she is definitely not woke. Fine. Fine. She’s woke, but I say this reluctantly because…

An Ode To The Realest And "Wokest" White Dude Ever: The White Barber At The Black Barbershop

Finding a truly and thoroughly "woke" White guy is like finding an albino alligator. Or a Kappa with dignity and tact. They're so rare and so elusive that the search for them often ends up propping up pretenders and a few contenders who are trying waaaaaaaay too hard and end up actually being "overwoke" like they're…