Selma at CAAM In LA


11800466_1033461986678941_3724557572329430917_n On August 9th 2015, the California African American Museum hosted its monthly Sunday cultural experience, Target Sundays. An event that brings in community members, contemporary artists, cultural historians, activists, and leaders to celebrate the diversity and achievements of the African Diaspora.

This month, CAAM offered a FREE screening of Ava DuVernay's Oscar award-winning film, Selma Movie. The atmosphere was live and joyous over the a love of art, culture, and live entertainment.


At the event I took the initiative to interview several Los Angeles community members about their thoughts on the movie Selma, #BlackLivesMatter, the effectiveness of marches and protests, and ultimately, their definitions of justice.


Not only did we have an amazing time under the stars, we carved out time to acknowledge the ones who've paved the way for us to be here. If you didn't make it out this month, come on out next time.  It's sure to be a wonderful time with family and friend that you won't likely want to miss!

THANKS AGAIN to Target and the California African American Museum for such a wonderful event!

 All photos + video were taken by Makiah Green.

cropped-cropped-p1130772Tyree Boyd-Pates is a man on a mission. As a writer, he aspires to expound on Black culture from a millennial perspective and unite and empower communities through journalism and social media. A Master’s in African American Studies, he also is the creator of#TheCut, a brand new podcast! You can follow him on Twitter: @Tyreebp.

5 things Raven-Symonè Still Doesn't Know About Africa | List


 Recently, Raven-Symone´ showed us all the importance of knowing where you come from – or at least the need to brush up on it.

By now, everyone has heard about Raven-Symonè's various racial identities during television interviews. From her notorious interview with Oprah explaining her exhaustion of wearing the label of African-American. To a recent interview, when she declared that she too originated “From every continent in Africa, except one.” And even more, her latest quip discriminating against hiring other Black people with ethnic sounding names. *Face Palm*

So, in light of her attempts at African geography + racial bias (and, to respond to all the shade thrown at her on Twitter), I thought it would be more educational to compile a list of several seldom known things about her Motherland. All of which paint a more accurate picture of just how illustrious Africa is.


  1. Africa is actually this LARGE. 

    Turns out the standard projection of the world MASSIVELY underestimates Africa’s true size. According to Kai Krause, Africa is actually large enough to fit the U.S.A, China, India, Japan & most of Europe - inside of its borders.

  2. Africa currently holds 1.1 billion of the earths population and is expected to nearly quadruple. 

    According to the UNICEF, A new report from UNICEF, Generation 2030 | Africa, shows in the next 35 years, 1.8 billion babies will be born in Africa; the continent’s population will double in size; and its under-18 population will increase by two thirds to reach almost 1 billion.

  3. Africans are the most genetically diverse group  across the world.  

    According to a sweeping study found in the Washington Post  that carried researchers into remote regions to sample the bloodlines of more than 100 distinct populations, it was found that all humans today are the direct descendants of African people. The study points to an area along the Namibia-South Africa border, the homeland of the San people, as the starting point for a southwest-to-northeast migratory route that carried people through Africa and across the Red Sea into Eurasia. 

  4. The oldest known fossil of a human was found in Africa - Ethiopia to be exact. 

    This is Lucy, or at least her remains, found in Ethiopia in 1974. The oldest known fossil ever found, Lucy is 3.2 million years old and is classified as a hominid. When Lucy was discovered it was earth shattering. Not only because of her age, but it confirmed that Africa, in fact, is the birthplace of humanity.

  5. The Ancient Egyptians were actually African people.

    Widely debated in academic circles,  the Ancient Egyptians were in fact Africans. Often to be assumed to be of  European or Arab descent, Egypt's inhabitants, as seen on hieroglyphs and murals in the tombs of temples, confirm the skin complexion of those who designed the pyramids.

    Cheik Anta Diop, Author of The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality said the same in regards to Egyptian complexion: “In practice it is possible to determine directly the skin color and hence the ethnic affiliations of the ancient Egyptians by microscopic analysis in the laboratory; I doubt if the sagacity of the researchers who have studied the question has overlooked the possibility.” Deep, right?

Bonus: All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the “scramble for Africa”, except Ethiopia and Liberia.

Between 1814 and 1914 marked the period as to which European powers began the invasion, occupation, colonization, and annexation of African territory from African people.

Specifically, It was at the Berlin conference of 1884 that began the sectioning off of Africa to avoid warring with one another. This conference, would inevitably lead to the impoverishment we see in Africa today; having all of its resources stripped and stolen and used for foreign wealth.

These are just a few of the seldom known things about Africa. Do you have any of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments..

z_zuuHBm_400x400Tyree Boyd-Pates is a man on a mission. As a writer, he aspires to expound on Black culture from a millennial perspective and unite and empower communities through journalism and social media. A Master’s in African American Studies, he also is the creator of #TheCut, a brand new podcast! You can follow him on Twitter: @Tyreebp.

#TheCut Podcast | SAE & The PWI Problem


On this episode of #TheCut, I had a discussion with Makiah Green, the creator of the online platform @MyPWI, about the national outrage on college campuses about the recent racist remarks from Oklahoma State University fraternity, SAE.

In our discussion, Makiah and I go in depth and offer practical advice on how minority student should deal with racism on college campuses - all semester long. Do you agree?

Share this and JUMP into the conversation.


10 Black Literary Works Every Person Should Read This Summer | List


 Whether interested in learning, or just gaining more knowledge about African heritage and culture, nothing beats opening a good book. Still, with so many choices at one's disposal, deciding on a title can prove difficult.

With the help of several well read scholars and emerging millennial voices: Writer & activist  Melanie Coco Mccoy (@MelanieCoMcCoy), Hip Hop Artist & Professor, Timothy Welbeck (@TimothyWelbeck ) & Middle Tennessee State History Graduate student, Joshua Crutchfield (@Crutch4), I sought to compile a necessary list of books we felt every young African Americans should read. A list featuring a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and autobiography. From Maya Angelou to Assata Shakur,many of these authors have been heralded with national awards in the United States. Stemming back to 1845 with Fredrick Douglass's "The Autobiography of  Fredrick Douglass". It's these 10 titles have heavily  who have contributed to contemporary narratives about the black experience across the globe.

1. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou (1969)
2. " The Autobiography of Malcom X"  By  Alex Haley (1965)
 3. "Assata: An Autobiography"  by Assata Shakur (1987)
4. "The Miseducation of the Negro" by Carter G. Woodson (1933) 
 5. "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
 6. "The Wretched of the Earth" by Frantz Fanon  (1961) 
7. "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison  (1970)  
8. "All About Love" by Bell Hooks (2011)
 9.  "The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas, an American Slave" by Fredrick Douglass (1845) 
 10.  The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (1903)

 Let's make reading cool again! 

cropped-cropped-p1130772.jpgTyree Boyd-Pates is a man on a mission. As a writer, he aspires to expound on culture from a millennial perspective and unite and empower marginalized communities through journalism and social media. A Master's in African American Studies, he also is the creator of The Corner, a one-hour student run weekly radio at Temple University. You can follow him on Twitter: @Tyreebp.