I find that describing myself, Dr. James Thomas Jones III, is a particularly daunting task as it forces me to invite others into my personal intellectual space. Even the thought of approaching this task is particularly daunting. What is the best method of describing oneself? Does it call for one to create a list of who I perceive myself to be? If that were the method, I would simply state that I am the following: Father, Christian, Son, Brother, African-American, Male, African-American male, Educator, Intellectual, Revolutionary Nationalist, Social democrat, foodie, Writer, Thinker, Lover of Hip-Hop Culture, Critic of Rap Music/Images, International Traveler, Professor, and the youngest child of Kathryn V. Jones and James Thomas Jones II. Although the above list describes the various stations in life that I occupy, simultaneously I must add, it still fails to sum up the entire being.
So, I guess I should state that I am a politically minded African-American male whose independence allows him to march to the beat of his own drum, even if that rhythm facilitates his walking in a different direction from others, regardless of the commonalities — race, gender, class, political affiliation, etc. — I may share with others. It is this independence in thought that has often led to my ostracism from those that are theoretically most likely to embrace my positions on the catalyst behind African-Americans current condition and the necessary steps to eradicating persisting politico economic inequities. The primary catalyst behind this venture flows from an insatiable desire to address many of the issues facing the African-American community and those populations, regardless of race, being disproportionately impacted by Black Popular Culture; an experience that not only misinforms the alluded to individuals about African-Americans and greatly contributes to their denigration and vilification in the minds of humans around the globe.
I am a graduate of THE Ohio State University with degrees in African-American Studies and History; most are shocked to learn that I earned five degrees during my collegiate career. It is that academic background that serves as the backdrop to the many lessons I have learned during this interesting travel called life. I hope that you find some form of utility in this blog.