August is our month of Black Hero celebration as opposed to the cynically corporate dominant Black History month of February .
My new Tiger/Tigre platform of commentary boldly challenges snug clichés and lazy and intellectually /morally/spiritually bankrupt narratives due to digital technology convenience and social /tribal popular branding.
In this spirit I proudly re blog the brilliant work on Ishmael Reed concerning Muhammad Ali by the irreverent and unabashed I MIX WHAT I LIKE collective led by Dr. Jared Ball.
As with my earlier YouTube repost of Dr. Cornel West on ‘The Betrayal by the Black Elite’ play my ‘Black Card’ ( one of many in my mixed heritage and identity). While many blacks on social media are bemoaning the tragedies like Ferguson , few genuinely present progressive or solutions oriented responses to these dangerous times, doing a great disservice to all , throwing up familiar woe be unto us notions and circling their wagons around the accepted ‘faces ‘ of Black leadership. Un acceptable .
I invite you to another dimension of social media discourse and if I lose ‘friends online for my position , so be it.
Michael Él Tigre
Venerable author Ishmael Reed joined us for this rousing conversation about his new book The Complete Muhammad Ali. But as listeners (and readers of his book) will quickly note a good deal of Reed’s approach to the subject is through a critique of the society in which conversations about Ali, race, class, etc. take place. So our conversation covered not only the distinct approach to Ali taken by Reed but also the idea of the Black token and White acceptance or criticism of Black thought and art. We talked some about James Baldwin, Cornel West, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Melissa Harris-Perry about the Ali canon and Henry Louis Gates, Ben Affleck and more. Plus we ran some good music from Paris, Amori and Tef Poe.