About Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is a columnist at theGrio. He writes very Black things and drinks very brown liquors, and is pretty fly for a light guy. His biggest accomplishment to date coincides with his Blackest accomplishment to date in that he received a phone call from Oprah Winfrey after she read one of his pieces (biggest) but he didn't answer the phone because the caller ID said "Unknown" (Blackest).

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Deion Sanders, University of Colorado, theGrio.com
September 21, 2023
It seems that I’m way more invested than I realized in the week-over-week college football success of Deion Sanders.
sports dad, soccer moms, theGrio.com
September 19, 2023
In my early visions of my boy’s athletic successes, I saw a basketball — as it turns out, the ball of choice was a soccer ball.
September 15, 2023
Lauryn Hill’s debut album is lauded as a masterpiece, but there seems to be very little fanfare about it a quarter-century after its release.
Noname, Sundial, theGrio.com
September 14, 2023
‘Sundial’, Noname’s second album is a 32-minute ride of thoughtful critique, bemusement and stellar performance for the Black community.
September 13, 2023
Da Baby decided to toss some verses on the instrumental for Burna Boy’s single “Sittin’ On Top of the World.”.
family schedules, family activities, theGrio.com
September 11, 2023
Nothing motivates the need for superior time-management skills like having children in sports and calendars full of meetings.
September 8, 2023
On September 8, 1998, the debut album from Canibus dropped…and so did all of our expectations for the next big thing in hip-hop.
Poetic Justice 30th anniversary, Janet Jackson theGrio.com
September 7, 2023
In an era when Black movie soundtracks were as good as as the movies they supported, ‘Poetic Justice’s’ soundtrack is entirely forgettable. 
September 4, 2023
The full-length sequel to 2020’s ‘Jaguar’ is a super lush, vibe-heavy sing-a-long album that jams from the second you hit play.
BS High, Bishop Sycamore, theGrio
September 1, 2023
I spent an hour and a half with my jaw dropped at the audacity of Roy Johnson an the scam that was Bishop Sycamore High School.
August 29, 2023
The triple-black Nike Air Force 1 is the black sheep — no pun intended — of the Air Force 1 family, but it doesn’t have to be!
The comedian ended up in a wheelchair because he thought he could beat an ex-NFL running back, 34-year-old Stevan Ridley, in a footrace.
The Philly rapper was captured on video complaining about ridiculous resale prices and then paid the ridiculous price for no good reason.
August 21, 2023
As they say: Each one, teach one. And that’s my next mandate in life — to lecture at a university and teach a class on writing.
The 1992 single from the Mt. Vernon, N.Y., duo has been my favorite song ever since the first time I heard it. 
MLK thegrio.com
August 14, 2023
Because of the gauntlet of racism in most civil rights museums, perhaps they’re the only place where separate entrances and tours make sense.
The 1993 superhero film written, directed and starring Robert Townsend has a ton of heart and deserves all of the flowers.
July 31, 2023
When I was a childless man, single or not, the beach represented relaxation and peace. Now I can’t stand going to the beach.
July 28, 2023
I’ve been in a car accident before, but my kids being in the car as I saw the impending doom took my fear to a whole new level.
Hip-hop’s 50th birthday is opportunity for artists whose stories have been long forgotten to receive recognition.