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We assert that black men must control our own narratives. Abernathy is a publication through which this idea is realized.

Mission: Our mission is to produce quality content for an overlooked audience that speaks at once to and for that audience: spreading the word about remarkable black men, reinforcing our expectations of what our leaders can contribute, and amplifying the good news from all corners of our world.

“Imagine if all the rappers were to get with all the athletes or activists for a conference in Zaire to meet with all ...
03/05/2018
I am Wakandan: Black Panther brings ‘Nu Africa’ to the mainstream — Abernathy

“Imagine if all the rappers were to get with all the athletes or activists for a conference in Zaire to meet with all the ambassadors in the motherland, tell ‘em we comin’ back for her…. What if Jay and Bey bought some land in Egypt? Make Obama the president. His daddy from Kenya so that makes even better sense. In Nu Africa, Nu Africa, Nu Africa.” [ 4,654 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/wakandan-black-panther-brings-nu-africa-mainstream/

Ryan Coogler’s epic masterpiece, disguised as a comic book narrative, was heavily inspired by the Afrocentric graphic novel series, Black Panther: World of Wakanda, by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gaye.

I oversee education majors looking to teach social studies at middle and high school levels. Recently, one of my black m...
02/12/2018
Learning with a Panther: Using Comic Books to Inspire Minority Students — Abernathy

I oversee education majors looking to teach social studies at middle and high school levels. Recently, one of my black male students asked for tips to make his class more interesting. Most of his seventh grade kids were from low income families and were behind on their reading level. My suggestion was to try comic books. “Comic books?” He asked with a look of bewilderment on his face. [ 2,904 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/using-comic-books-to-inspire-minority-students/

This brief article focuses on the use of comics (particularly Marvel’s Black Panther) to inspire minority students in educational curriculums. This piece is dedicated to young teachers and education majors at the secondary level.

On Friday, February 16th in Oakland, we're hosting a Black Panther (Movie) costume party and networking event. The festi...
02/10/2018
When's the last time you went to a costume party? — Abernathy

On Friday, February 16th in Oakland, we're hosting a Black Panther (Movie) costume party and networking event. The festivities begin at 7pm at WeWork's gorgeous new City Center (downtown Oakland) location. Bay Area native DJ Red Corvette will be meticulously curating auditory sensations, drinks and light refreshments will be served, and everyone is invited to step out in their best " [ 383 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/whens-last-time-went-costume-party/

On Friday, February 16th in Oakland, we’re hosting a Black Panther (Movie) costume party and networking event.

One of my guilty pleasures is watching the TV One documentary cable series Unsung and Unsung Hollywood. If you have neve...
02/04/2018
Forgotten Heroes: The Legacy of Hawks Football — Abernathy

One of my guilty pleasures is watching the TV One documentary cable series Unsung and Unsung Hollywood. If you have never watched either series, they tell the stories of African-American singers and actors who experienced substantial success for a short period of time before their shining star abruptly faded away. If I could create a new series called Unsung Sports my pilot episode would focus on the Maryland State College football program, arguably the best sports program in American history. [ 3,467 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/forgotten-heroes-the-legacy-of-hawks-football/

Maryland State College, now known as The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has one of the greatest football programs most people have never heard of. The story of this tiny HBCU is a fascinating tale of race and collegiate sports.

This three part series walks through the rise, fall, and redemption of Michael Vick, NFL's outcast turned prodigal son. ...
12/14/2017
The Michael Vick Experience: From Prison to Redemption, 2007-2017 (pt. 3)

This three part series walks through the rise, fall, and redemption of Michael Vick, NFL's outcast turned prodigal son. If you missed it, you can read parts one and two here. As Vick was made his comeback professionally he maintained his commitment to speak out against dog fighting. He traveled around the country speaking to youth and prisoners at schools, recreation centers, churches, jails, and prisons. [ 1,979 more word ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/the-michael-vick-experience-from-prison-to-redemption-2007-2017-pt-3/

Michael Vick's decade of reinvention leaves him with a new career in television, a potential future in coaching, and his past debt paid in full.

This three part series walks through the rise, fall, and redemption of Michael Vick, NFL's outcast turned prodigal son. ...
12/14/2017
The Michael Vick Experience: From Prison to Redemption, 2007-2017 (pt. 2)

This three part series walks through the rise, fall, and redemption of Michael Vick, NFL's outcast turned prodigal son. If you missed it, read part one here. Michael Vick’s first television interview after being released from prison in 2009 came on CBS’s 60 Minutes. African-American sportscaster James Brown conducted the interview in Virginia because Vick was not allowed to cross state lines without permission from his probation officer. [ 1,257 more word ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/the-michael-vick-experience-from-prison-to-redemption-2007-2017-pt-2/

Michael Vick would have been among the greatest NFL quarterbacks in history if he had the same work ethic and focus from the start of his career

“Still touched down cause I was off Artell. Had dreams of breaking Mike Vick out of jail. Took the underground rail to...
12/14/2017
The Michael Vick Experience: From Prison to Redemption, 2007-2017 (pt.1)

“Still touched down cause I was off Artell. Had dreams of breaking Mike Vick out of jail. Took the underground rail to the end that failed.” - Common featuring Pharrell “Gladiator” This November marked the ten year anniversary of one of sport's most tragic stories. NFL superstar and cultural icon Michael Vick began serving a 23 month prison sentence for his appalling involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring in Virginia. [ 2,502 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/the-michael-vick-experience-from-prison-to-redemption-2007-2017/

An account of the rise, fall, and redemption of Michael Vick, the most thrilling athlete of a generation who became the most reviled.

What is it to be a black man? There is no monolithic black male experience, and those who are able to answer this questi...
11/21/2017
The Black Man’s Wellbeing

What is it to be a black man? There is no monolithic black male experience, and those who are able to answer this question have derived their answers from personal experience along their journey in life. Then there are young men like myself, trying daily to unravel, uncover, and discover self and what it means to be a black man in our ever changing culture and society. [ 189 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/black-man-wellbeing/

The invisible element, which we often shy away from in the black community, is the truth and reality of mental illness and exhaustion.

Young Thug’s emergence on the mainstream hip-hop scene was met with some backlash. He is one of the most polarizing ar...
11/01/2017
Besties: Young Thug and Masculinity

Young Thug’s emergence on the mainstream hip-hop scene was met with some backlash. He is one of the most polarizing artists in the hip-hop industry because his persona, physical appearance, lyrics, and unique fashion sense. Immediately, I (like others) dismissed his music by closing my ears, eyes, and mind. His music and wardrobe reflects his impulsive personality: one moment, he’s wearing a tank top with black jeans, the next he’s rocking a leopard print skirt with a pink tutu. [ 1,325 more word ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/besties-young-thug-and-masculinity/

Until we accept every form and contributing piece of black masculinity, we will never be able to grow fully into ourselves

“For we know that we are the children of God. He’ll fight my battles and I’ll be free someday. Stand together chil...
10/23/2017
King and Prince of Abyssinian: Reflections on Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Jr.

“For we know that we are the children of God. He’ll fight my battles and I’ll be free someday. Stand together children, fight together children, worship together children. Don’t you get weary.” -Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. April 4th is a renowned date in Black America. Most blacks recognize it as the day civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. [ 3,055 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/the-king-and-prince-of-abyssinian-reflections-on-adam-clayton-powell-sr-and-jr/

“He bathed in blackness,” said the late historian John Henrik Clarke.

“It’s like my therapy, making music……When language has reached its limit, disease sets in.” - Jay-Z On June 30...
09/18/2017
Endnotes to Jay-Z’s 4:44 : Mental Health Awareness

“It’s like my therapy, making music……When language has reached its limit, disease sets in.” - Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) released his 13th studio album 4:44, arguably the most personal and socially conscious album of his career. Subscribers to his online streaming service, Tidal, are privy to music videos for the songs on the album. In late August he released a mini-documentary, “Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod,” and a nearly 140 minute two-part interview for the Tidal podcast… [ 3,498 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/jay-z-444-mental-health/

Mental health awareness has been an underlying theme in hip-hop for decades it just was not as clearly stated or respected until more recently.

Calendly CEO Tope Awotona shares how his journey in developing a successful tech company. I grew up in an African countr...
09/11/2017
Founder’s Therapy with Tope Awotona

Calendly CEO Tope Awotona shares how his journey in developing a successful tech company. I grew up in an African country. Everybody there is black, but even there discrimination exists between people of different tribes. If you were poor you were discriminated against. If you were from the North you were discriminated against, or maybe because you were from the South...The lesson I learned from my mom is to never let someone else's discrimination determine your success. [ 1,283 more word ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/founders-therapy-tope-awotona/

I'm not a big activist, but if I make Calendly successful then my nephew and niece (my biggest motivations), have people in tech that look just like them.

“We stuck in La La Land. Even when we win, we gon’ lose.” - Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) released ...
09/04/2017
Endnotes to Jay-Z’s “Moonlight”

“We stuck in La La Land. Even when we win, we gon’ lose.” - Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) released his 13th studio album 4:44, arguably the most personal and socially conscious album of his career. Subscribers to his online streaming service, Tidal, are privy to music videos for the songs on the album. On Friday August 4th he released a music video for the album’s eighth track, “Moonlight.” The video, directed by Alan Yang (Netflix’s Master of None), parodies a 1996 episode of the sitcom Friends entitled “The One Where No One’s Ready.” The video even has a laugh track. [ 4,273 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/endnotes-to-jay-z-moonlight/

It is no secret that television has a vital influence on the way we see ourselves and the perceptions that others have about those individuals who look like us.

Author, speaker, financial and millennial expert, Peter Yobo, of Peter Yobo International shares how his upbringing in G...
08/21/2017
Founders Therapy with Peter Yobo

Author, speaker, financial and millennial expert, Peter Yobo, of Peter Yobo International shares how his upbringing in Ghana and US education and experiences led him to develop programs to support empowered entrepreneurship among black millennials. I've always noticed how much the US has achieved and continues to achieve year-after year compared to stagnation in other countries. You have one part of the world that's growing, another part that’s not, and some parts just going down. [ 1,549 more word ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/founders-therapy-peter-yobo/

Be the African kid who says, “I'm going to be the first one who goes to Mars.”

T he discovery of individuality and humanity is a journey seldom untangled. There are no proven strategies to ease navig...
08/14/2017
Loved, yet Misunderstood

T he discovery of individuality and humanity is a journey seldom untangled. There are no proven strategies to ease navigating the voyage, nor perfect techniques to enduring or escaping unscathed. One must endure the plateaus of necessary isolation, rivers of uncertainty, and islands of desperation. Individuals, young and old alike, desire one thing above all in life; to be loved. An appreciation not only of what is offered, but more importantly for the intrinsic being externally revealed. [ 583 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/loved-yet-misunderstood/

To be a loved, yet misunderstood black man in America is nothing new.

“But all this presupposes that the Black male will have purged himself of the myth that his mother, his woman, must be...
08/07/2017
Black Feminism is Not Your Enemy

“But all this presupposes that the Black male will have purged himself of the myth that his mother, his woman, must be subdued before he can wage war on the enemy. Liberation is a dialectical movement—the Black man cannot free himself as a Black man unless the Black woman can liberate herself from all this muck.” —Angela Davis Whenever Black men get together you can guarantee there were will be much theorizing, philosophizing, and prophesying on a number of different topics. [ 1,250 more word ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/black-feminism-is-not-your-enemy/

One cannot fight oppression selectively. In an oppressive society, either we fight all forms of injustice or we become oppressors ourselves.

“Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga. Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga. Still nigga, Still...
08/04/2017
Endnotes to “The Story of O.J.”

“Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga. Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga. Still nigga, Still nigga.” -Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) released his 13th studio album 4:44, arguably the most personal and socially conscious album of his career. Subscribers to his online streaming service, Tidal, are privy to music videos for the songs on the album. [ 3,471 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/jay-z-444-endnotes-to-the-story-of-oj/

This dynamic animated film provides a narrative of race relations in America often ignored in our classrooms.

“I apologize, often womanize. Took for my child to be born. See through a woman’s eyes.” -Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, ...
08/02/2017
Endnotes to “4:44”

“I apologize, often womanize. Took for my child to be born. See through a woman’s eyes.” -Jay-Z On June 30, 2017, Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) released his 13th studio album 4:44, arguably the most personal and socially conscious album of his career. Subscribers to his online streaming service, Tidal, are privy to music videos for the songs on the album. They also have access to a series of documentary film shorts directed by Neal Brennan, the co-creator of Chappelle’s Show (2003-2006). [ 3,696 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/endnotes-to-444/

These themes of love, relationships, marriage, compromise, and loyalty are explored in substantial detail in the video’s companion piece Footnotes to “4:44”

"For black America needs a politics whose first mission isn’t the reinforcement of the idea of black America; and a di...
07/28/2017
The Tidal Next Time: Jay-Z’s Examination of Wealth, Race, and Self

"For black America needs a politics whose first mission isn’t the reinforcement of the idea of black America; and a discourse of race that isn’t centrally concerned with preserving the idea of race and racial unanimity. We need something we don’t yet have: a way of speaking about black poverty that doesn’t falsify the reality of black advancement; a way of speaking about black advancement that doesn’t distort the enduring realities of black poverty." [ 3,860 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/jay-z-444/

His legacy will be one of a family whose blackness wasn't a color to ignore but a hue to celebrate.

“The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanit...
07/19/2017
The Danger of a Single Story

“The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.” - Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The narrative we choose Recently I was reminded of the danger of a single story during a lecture by Robert Putman, political scientist and Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard University John F. [ 1,267 more word ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/danger-single-story/

When we do not use the language to accurately see people and their multiple stories, we take away their autonomy, agency, and their dignity.

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-tec...
07/13/2017
Tech Spotlight: Yasmin Mattox

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-technical founders. Complete this form to submit your profile. What is your current role and where do you work? I work in higher education, specifically in urban entrepreneurship, and I am also the Founder & CEO of Arkatecht, LLC, a technology startup whose mission is to create digital tools that assist professional women with proactively and integratively planning for family and career advancement to facilitate success and positive outcomes in both areas. [ 1,167 more word ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/tech-spotlight-yasmin-mattox/

The Abernathy Tech Spotlight series highlights black professionals working in tech, from freelance developers to non-technical founders. Complete this form to submit your profile. What is your current role and where do you work? I work in higher education, specifically in urban entrepreneurship, and...

My first clear memory in life is of me standing in the doorway of my childhood home and watching my mother being beaten ...
06/16/2017
A Father’s Love

My first clear memory in life is of me standing in the doorway of my childhood home and watching my mother being beaten by my father. I have no memory of anything leading up to this moment nor of what transpired immediately afterwards. My father would eventually leave us, and so begins the rest of my life. One may wonder what type of effect this has had on me. [ 2,124 more words ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/a-fathers-love/

My first clear memory in life is of me standing in the doorway of my childhood home and watching my mother being beaten by my father.

A note from the author: I am the woman who founded Distinguished Archives, a journaling workshop service, and I facilita...
06/15/2017
Distinguished Archives: Connecting Black Male Legacies to Journaling

A note from the author: I am the woman who founded Distinguished Archives, a journaling workshop service, and I facilitated this workshop specifically with men of color in mind, although all men are welcome. The experience, to say the least, has been an honor. Jasonn Denard, a married father of two, shared that he hadn’t seen his father for 28 years until last summer. [ 1,343 more word ]

https://abernathymagazine.com/black-male-journaling/

A man who keeps a journal is offering himself and family the very history that many of us do not have from our forefathers.

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