New Episode of Millennial Logic: A Call for Unity and Action


Millennial Logic Episode 8: A Call for Unity and Action

After a brief hiatus, we’ve returned with a brand new episode of Millennial Logic!  We discuss the current political climate in regard to the transition of power. In addition, we provide strategies on how to move forward in sustaining our human rights. Furthermore, one tactic is coming together as a group and organizing. To learn more, tune in and feel free to comment here, Spreaker, or Soundcloud!

Millennial Logic Episode 7!

Aftermath of The 2016 Presidential Election: Love Vs. Hate

In this episode, we discuss the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, our opinions, and where do we move here from now.

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Check out Millennial Logic Episode 7: Aftermath of The 2016 Presidential Election: Love Vs. Hate

In this episode, we discuss the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, our opinions, and where do we move here from now.

Stopping The Negative Portrayals of Black People Through Media

From the coverage of protests and riots on national news to the mug shots you see on the evening news, we as a society are battling a culture of demonizing blacks through our media. I have consistently asked myself, “Why, in 2016, are we still depicting black people in a negative matter.” For goodness sake, we have a Black president who has lasted two presidential terms. I believe that there are two things that need to be done. First, we need to understand the history of why this exists and determine ways in which we can change it.

Black people have never been treated equally in America. We (Black people) were brought to this country as slaves; and were thus looked at as possessions and being inhumane. Even through history with the end of slavery, we have been portrayed as second class citizens. Just take a look a segregation (Jim Crow) and the three-fifths compromise. Even now after those laws gone, we are still looked at as below white people.

In today’s time, besides certain events, it is not as outwardly obvious that blacks are still being discriminated against. I would at least say that today, it has been easier for those who do not believe discrimination exists to say that everyone is treated equally. Needless to say, everything is institutionalized. With our current societal systems, such as prisons, and the demographic of our poorest communities, just to name a couple of examples, it is evident that black people are not looked at as equals. This leads us to the negative portrayals that we see in today’s media. I will give you some examples of these portrayals that we see. One we can all see is the stereotype of Black hair. Also, Black America is portrayed as a struggling entity; when in fact, it is striving despite the hurdles that it must jump every day in American society. I will link to some articles that shine light on more examples of these negative portrayals.

We need to figure out solutions to this problem. Does the responsibility lie within the black community or with society as a whole? Or is it on our media? What would Millennials’ part be in this? There are so many questions to answer. I believe that the responsibility lies with all of us. In my opinion, media is not going to just change how they portray anyone, especially black people. We (Black people) have to take over the media or continue to strive in ways to prove that the negative portrayals that we see daily are false. We have to be all about action not just words. Instead of saying that these portrayals do not depict us, we have to show them how educated we are, how beautiful we are, and how well we contribute to society. Most importantly though, we have to prove that these portrayals will not stop us from being the great individuals that we are. This is where Millennials come into play, especially Black Millennials. As we are becoming more and more involved in society, we can project the positive aspects of all people of color. As we work on that, we need to continue to denounce these negative portrayals.



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Beyonce’s Truth in Black America



I’m a little late in the game in reference to Beyoncé’s latest video/song/super bowl performance and am still a bit confused about all the political uproar. Firstly, as a black female (with quite a bit of creole in my ancestry), watching this video and listening to the lyrics does provide me with a sense of empowerment, but not in the way some political analyst like Tomi Lahren and former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani are assuming. That is, I don’t want to go out and be violent towards police officers and I feel that I can speak for quite a few other black Beyoncé stans as well. That being said, Formation makes me feel good in my own skin and zealous about my heritage. What’s wrong with that?


According to Lahren:

Tomi Lahren is a political analyst for The Blaze, who was offended by Beyoncé and her dancers performing in outfits similar to the Black Panther Party (BPP). She feels that Beyoncé was “saluting a group known for violence and intimidation.” She also repeatedly brings up Martin Luther King Jr. as someone who Beyoncé should have saluted in order to push her political agenda. Furthermore, Lahrin also blames Obama, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Al Sharpton for not letting “America heal” and continuously “ripping off the historical band-aid”. Lahrin reminds Beyoncé that white girls as well as black girls want to be like her, so basically she shouldn’t speak up for her race in fear of alienating white people.


MSM rebuttal:

  1. On Black Panther Party affiliated costumes and salutation

Okay, yes, Beyoncé and her dancers channeled the BPP via wardrobe but not once in her song/performance did she urge violence against police officers or any other group of people. While watching her performance, as a black person, I never felt the urge to be violent towards anyone. Why are you planting this seed? Are you threatened by clothing?


  1. On MLK Jr. reference

By all means, I respect MLK Jr. and he is a very important figure within American and African American history but I am agitated with how he has become the token black figure for white people. This is my personal opinion and I feel that white people gravitate to him because he was relatively non-threatening, somewhat of a black Gandhi. That being said, you can’t tell us who we can and cannot relate to. If we want to reference BPP then so be it. As long as we aren’t being violent, it shouldn’t be a problem. Who are you to tell us that we can’t look up to important figures within our history.

FYI: BPP began its agenda with helping out the youth in the black communities via education, food banks, health services etc. in hopes to relieve disparities within their communities and eliminate police brutality. The party wasn’t associated with violence until they grew frustrated with the un-resolving issue of police brutality. They took it upon themselves to police the police, thoroughly learning various laws (specifically gun laws) and exercising their rights. Of course, police felt threatened and the rest is history. I’m not condoning violence by any means, I’m just presenting facts. My point is Lahren don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions about a super bowl performance.


  1. On Obama and friends not letting “America heal”

Cry me a river girl. It is what it is. Racism, classism, all the isms for that matter aren’t history. It is happening right now. I’m sorry you don’t want to hear about it. I’m sorry you can’t stay comfortable in your privilege. First, you’re upset Beyoncé visually referenced BPP because you feel that it’s promoting violence but then you criticize black leaders who are peaceful. I don’t know what you want from us. If you don’t want to hear about these issues, then do something to help resolve the problem because guess what, we won’t be silenced for your comfort.


MSM conclusion:

All in all, this is so tiring and I try not to put much effort in responding to ignorant accusations such as Tomi Lahren’s; but her comments happened to trigger something for me and I had to address it. Personally, this hit a soft spot for me because Beyoncé is and has been a woman I admire and I know several others who feel the same. Being a black feminist, her music/artistry has inspired me for years. Her art empowers me to feel good about myself and work hard in order to be successful in whatever makes me happy. How dare anyone try and take that away just because they can’t relate to her message. That being said, don’t make an issue out of nothing.