It is hard to feel relief or safety in the aftermath of the Derek Chauvin verdict.
The embedded white supremacy in America makes it that way.

Where were you when the jury declared Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges for the murder of George Floyd on April 20th, 2021?

Personally…


You get raised on simple, binary conflicts. Coke versus Pepsi. Hot dogs versus hamburgers. Mars versus Venus. Yankees versus Red Sox. Heroes against villains. But life in all of its myriad ways, will reach out and tell you that it never has been, and never will be that simple. Hip-Hop…


COVID-19 is the latest, and most grim example of the fractures of this nation coming to light.

It’s time to come to grips with something. We are in the midst of seeing this country eating itself away. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed just how much certain segments of this American…


Well, it took about a month or so, but COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus has finally made its way to the United States. And some folks are PANICKING. Over the past few days alone, I have seen more news broadcasts showing the lines of people at stores like Costco…


Being a New Yorker means that you are imbued with a calling to tell it like
it is, when the need arises. For some, that need isn’t pressing until certain
circumstances demand that it is. And then, it’s time to lay it all out on the
table.

On Sunday, August…


Two mass shootings in one week, and how America is crumbling under the weight of its original sin — unchecked & systemic racism.

Summer in America. This season conjures up many things to many people. Ice cream. Fireworks. The cascading perfume of hot dogs and hamburgers on a barbecue grill…


Growing up in Southeast Queens, New York City means that you come up with an embedded ethic of hard work and pride and perseverance. The bar is already high because of the many people who grew up and resided in the area. There’s a mural that depicts a few of…


How the murder of rapper/entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle has affected many — and possibly represents a breaking point.

“Look, young rich n***a shit, pops was an immigrant
Lifestyle ill legit, but know I own businesses
Started out the trunk, ended up at the dealership
All gold Rollie, black face no blemishes”

- “Black Face”, Nipsey…


On the loss of my father, and the long road of coping.

My father, Douglas Underwood Smith, Sr. left this world on the night of September 25th, 2018. His passing, and what led up to it, and the atmosphere afterwards is something that I realize is still sitting with me…


How this latest “meeting” orchestrated by Trump puts a spotlight on a constant problem in the Black spiritual community and leaves more questions than answers.

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even…

Christopher A. Smith

Freelance writer. Author of 3 books of poetry. Raconteur. Queens is the county, Jamaica is the place.

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