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Living as a Black man in America can be overwhelming at times. You might read that and say I have heard this all before, or here we go again, but that does not make a lived experience any less true. When you work against the norm of society, (LGBTQIA, Black, Latinx, disabled, etc.), the weight coming down on you can be too heavy at times. Recently, I was in a clubhouse room that was recapping a debate between two gentlemen that took place. Having no idea who they were or what it was about, out of curiosity I joined the…


This has been the most stressful election cycle of my lifetime. I’ve spent the last several months organizing between the Midwest and the South. One thing I know for sure is that the representation of “Trump’s America” is larger than many folks think. Living in places like Washington, D.C., where I do now, often makes you naive to what is happening in the rest of America. I often hear stories from people in D.C. that are shocked that 74 million people voted for Trump. But when you grow up in places like North Carolina it’s not surprising. …


The Fairfax police department had internal investigations of one of their officers, Jonathan Freitag, 24, back in September. The internal review selected 40 random traffic stops over three years, and in all 40, the basis of the stops were said to be “untruthful.” Many were found to be “racially” motivated. There have not been any charges, and the details are not clear as to what was found, but that conclusion, by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Kyle Manikas, is a familiar one to the Black community.

Racial profiling is very REAL! Black residents are more likely to be stopped by police than…


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Racism is a disease. Places like Wilmington, NC, Charlotte, NC, and many other cities and counties across the U.S. have started declaring racism as a public health crisis. Doctors and public health officials are connecting dots between systemic racism and health inequities. I highlight this to emphasize how ingrained racism is in our society. It is embedded in legislation and policies that create privilege for some and inhibit others. The focus of racial injustice has been centered around Black lives and rightfully so. Most Americans believe that the legacy of slavery still impacts Black people today. The deeps wounds of…


“What social justice stance will the League take?”

If you are like me it’s been an interesting challenge adjusting to a world without sports. As an avid basketball fan, going without an NCAA Tournament in March and missing the NBA Finals in June has been extremely weird. However, it doesn’t even register on the meter of “real problems” when we are facing a pandemic that has taken over 150,000 lives in the United States and approaching 700,000 worldwide, non-stop protests in support of Black lives with an AG supporting an aggressive federal response that’s impacting our white brothers and sisters…


Today’s #WeHearYou story comes from David Caine. It is a story that I have shared on my social media outlets already, but it is worthy to tell over and over again. We cannot share and tell our stories enough. I have the mindset that we have to talk about our experiences until everyone is tired of hearing it then share it some more.

In the wake of consistent protests with calls to defund the police and reinvest in matters of health, education, housing, etc that will strengthen our communities there has also been a growth of painful stories of racial…


Brandon Smith killed by Wilmington, N.C. police in October 2013

We Hear You: Brandon Smith

It’s Monday and time for another edition of #WeHearYou. As some of you know, I have been collecting stories and publishing on my social media. I am retelling those stories and some new ones every Monday to continue to shed a light on police brutality and racism. When I joined BLM in Wilmington, NC, the story of Brandon Smith was unbelievable. There are competing narratives of Brandon’s murder with strong evidence to dispute the dominant narrative told by Wilmington police. If you look up Brandon Smith one of the first articles that appear from 2014…


December 2007 work trip covering Charlotte Bobcats (before change back to Hornets)
December 2007 work trip covering Charlotte Bobcats (before change back to Hornets)
December 2007 work trip in Charlotte

Living the Dream! A popular saying for many and it was no different at ESPN. It was sort of an inside joke at times, especially when you were on your 10+ day work streak. For many ESPN is a Dream Job. I must admit it was never my dream but an opportunity that I was fortunate enough to receive. Don’t get me wrong! Growing up, ESPN was a mainstay on the television screen. My greatest memories are catching highlights from my favorites Chris Berman, Stuart Scott, Linda Cohn, and many more before walking down my country dirt road to catch…


Trying to figure out the strategic plan of President Trump is like trying to understand what the hell is going through the mind of Charity in OWN’s series, Greenleaf (black folks get it!). In fact, their egotistical, emotionally driven, temper-tantrums are quite comparable. Maybe Mary Trump is right and we should never analyze Trump in this way and that there is no strategy. But if you’re like me, we can’t help ourselves in trying to figure out any plan that may exist. While the strategy may be a stretch, one thing is for certain, his Twitter account gives you not…

Cameron Parker

Love writing on topics of race, gender, sexuality, politics, sports, and music https://twitter.com/cameronparkerd https://www.blockchronicles.com/

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