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That N-Word’s Crazy!

RECOGNITION

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Nkosi Ife Bandele

 

On the elevator, finally alone, and so I let it fly. A split second before the doors snapped shut, he bounded in, and right then and there we both knew, our eyes locked, knowing smiles overtook our faces, a real stinky. We laughed, shook heads, and fist bumped like dudes.

That N-Word’s Crazy!

THE OLD BALLGAME by Nkosi Ife Bandele The last time I attended a professional baseball game I was about the same age that my daughter is now, ten years old. I grew up in Philly in the 1970’s, and in those days you could hang out in the “nosebleeds” for about two bucks, so during… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

WHAT STAR WARS’ DARTH VADER AND BLACK PANTHER’S ERIK KILLMONGER HAVE IN COMMON: besides they both Black! by Nkosi Ife Bandele The most revealing moment of the Star Wars saga occurs when young Anakin Skywalker (morphing into Darth Vader before our very eyes) approaches a room full of Jedi-Younglins using the force, their natural child… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

Fuckitty-Fuck-Fuck-Fuck Part 2: Shit-Shit-Shit-Shit-Shit by Nkosi Ife Bandele “Shit!” My daughter’s eyes lit up. My otherwise perfect parent of a wife had cracked something in the kitchen, and her reaction was immediate. She emphasized her “Shit!” with “Goddamnit!” “Shit, Goddamnit!” As my daughter has thus far proven to be as much atheist and agnostic as… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

Over the summer, I read “White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America,” and I am so recommending that all the terribly-misinformed-about-their own-histories-USAers read this book, cover to cover, right away, like, now! While I’ve taken a position not to weigh in with words on the Trump presidency, (for a variety of… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

AN unHAPPY MEAL by Nkosi Ife Bandele You got me. I sometimes steal away to McDonald’s with my nine year old, and we share a large fry. (and, well, a small apple juice for her.) When my wife inevitably finds out, she’s not happy about our otherwise ‘happy meal’. You see, we are strictly a… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

“USE YOUR WORDS” Since I am 6’4”, Black, and a furry dude to boot, I am not your typical Upper Westside Mom. Still, I try. I give my son “time out,” and I repeatedly say “use your words.” I even do all that in my best Mary Poppins’ voice though, granted, she certainly would not… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

Ah, finally giving props to Junot Diaz for his brilliant work “This Is How You Lose Her”! Been trying to embrace Diaz (along with Colson Whitehead) for the longest but was just not feeling him, specifically “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” feeling that as much as he writes as if he is an… Continue Reading