The Big Smoke America is now six years old and has published almost 2,500 original articles and essays. Here are the Top 10 (+14 more) from 2021.
A new essay by John S. Blake, “Sleep Now in the Fire: Out of Shock, Out of Shame,” tells the tale of two [in]different Joes, ignoring the wishes of Americans this holiday.
John S. Blake reflects on this Fourth of July and reviews the current state of affairs and questions our definition of what it means to be independent and American.
John S. Blake pays tribute to his friend, Tavis P. Brunson.
As oil interests and corporate greed trump common sense and human decency, indigenous people are suffering, land is ravaged, and water supplies are poisoned: enough is enough. Essay by John S. Blake.
In light of the latest tragedies of black lives taken, John S. Blake examines the past three decades of his life.
John S. Blake’s love letter to the dearly beloved genius Prince.
John S. Blake examines recent controversy surrounding Glen Allen High School in Virginia and a factual video that is being disputed by Mark Holmberg who argues that racial inequity is behind us.
John S. Blake examines his path through America’s educational system, and why compassion, not prejudice, could have changed his direction sooner.
Another essential essay from John S. Blake, this one about AIDS. Ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1st, this is a poetic tribute to his brother Benny and a reminder to give to those in need … give clothes, give food, give warmth.