Author Archives: Jamil Ragland

Some Thoughts on Art

“My sister is always talking about God and heaven and how Jesus has a mansion waiting for us after we die, so I asked her: if heaven is so great, what’s the point of living here on earth?” she said. “Let’s just cut to the chase,” I responded. “What’s the point of living, period?” That’s […]

The Wall

My name is Jam Stunna. I was born Jamil Rashad Ragland on October 21st, 1985. Names are a funny thing, because they determine so much of who you are and how the world relates to you, yet you have almost no say in picking your name. Your parents say, “You’re a Jamil,” so I’m a […]

Some Thoughts on Black Self-Determination

I cried during the scene in Black Panther when Erik Killmonger spoke with his father, because he was expressing the hurt that I’ve had so much trouble putting into words. Erik’s rage is overblown and genocidal for the sake of a Hollywood blockbuster, but that rage is so real and so raw for so many […]

The “Right” Kind of Hero

I was listening to the breathless coverage of Rex Tillerson’s firing, and how various people from news show talking heads to Deep State prognosticators were discussing how it would effect Iran, North Korea, Russia, and pretty much the entire globe when Mike Pompeo takes over. With that understanding of the Secretary of State as super […]

How Do We Stop Hartford Residents From Dying in Car Accidents?

What were you doing when you were 22 years old? You may have been looking forward to graduating from college in a few short months, or you were working in a dead end job that you hated. Perhaps you were falling in love, or cursing your ex’s name. Whatever you were doing, if you’re reading […]

My Favorite Sin Redux

A few days ago, a friend invited me to go out to the bar. I’d been hunkered down in my apartment for a few days because of the cold, and I was ready for a night on the town. I caught my reflection as I jumped in the shower. Maybe it was because I was […]

The Last Jedi: Take Two (Spoilers)

I went and saw The Last Jedi again last night, and I liked the movie a whole lot more the second time than the first. I thought about why for most of the day before I sat down to write this, and did some reading about other people’s responses to the movie. My partner asked an […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Thoughts and Impressions (SPOILERS WITHIN)

I just got back from seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Let’s get this out of the way right now: the movie is okay. Not great, not bad, okay. I would recommend that the Star Wars faithful see it, but I don’t think it’s worth the ticket price for the average movie goer. Adam Driver […]

The Wonders of a Good Divorce

Now hear me out. I know that divorce is a wrenching experience. But divorce is also the seventh anniversary of your wedding day after the ink dries on your papers. It’s the first awkward date when you’re trying to get back into the game. Divorce is not only the explosive fights and protracted custody battles. Eventually, the […]

Spoilers Don’t Ruin Stories, Avoiding Spoilers Does

One of my friends told me about a habit he has when he starts to watch a new show. If the show is available in its entirety already, he watches the last episode of the series first, and then starts the show from the beginning. I find this to be an odd way to watch […]