Black Lives Matter: The Neo Liberal Wears Black

Black Lives Matter: The Neo Liberal Wears Black

“A liberal: someone who thinks he knows more about your experience than you do.”— James Baldwin They were there when we needed them. They appeared amidst black bodies slain to no consequence relegated to the silence of white supremacy. But that is too often the way of the optic, isn’t it? To gift sight to [...]

The Migrant’s Daughter: Black Female Representative?

The Migrant’s Daughter: Black Female Representative?

I attempt to achieve balance in this post, but admittedly I am not sure I have. I have spoken extensively about the complexities of black femininity at this particular moment. Being a black woman, has, of course, always been complex. I anticipate, and by anticipate I do not admit defeat, that black femininity will remain [...]

The White Man’ s Victory: The Black Pundit

The White Man’ s Victory: The Black Pundit

On election day, many black people encountered the anguish of a ballot where no party conveyed their specific interests. This anguish and frustration mirrors what blacks encounter every day when confronted with a racist media inundated with the anti-intellectualism of anti-blackness where few black faces convey black interests. For instance, let us consider this past [...]

Toward A Black Imaginary: For the Daughters of the Diaspora

Toward A Black Imaginary: For the Daughters of the Diaspora

What a time to be alive. What a time to be a black woman and an HBCU graduate living in their nation’s capitol. While there are countless lessons to be learned form the 2020 election, the most profound lesson is one of imagination.    A defiled imagination renders the black power manifested in white supremacist [...]

Bad Hair, A Black Female Perspective

Bad Hair, A Black Female Perspective

Justin Simien’s most recent creative effort Bad Hair espouses the horror/science fiction genre with race commentary. The film follows Annie, a black female protagonist who wants to make something of herself in the vain media subculture of an anti-black world. When the corporate plantation receives a new overseer, the stakes of Annie’s upward mobility become [...]

The Black Woman and the Mythos of American Democracy

The Black Woman and the Mythos of American Democracy

I received several emails, texts, and alerts rejoicing in what the white media calls the first black vice-president-elect. A black female CNN political analyst even called Harris’s “victory” a poetic rebuttal to Trump’s four years. To this, I say two things. The first is that Kamala Harris as Vice President functions a lot like Black [...]

A Black Female Perspective on the 2020 Election: Part I

A Black Female Perspective on the 2020 Election: Part I

I write these words between a pervasive enthusiasm embodied in car horns, screams, and even singing. The celebratory fervor permeates a nation, despite the electoral race proving uncharacteristically paired with those supposedly exasperated with “Trump’s” America. The projected victory for former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris has engendered many to believe we [...]

A Missed Opportunity: A Black Female Perspective on Trump’s Presidency

A Missed Opportunity: A Black Female Perspective on Trump’s Presidency

I wrote this piece before Saturday's results. It’s somewhere around six am in the hours before dawn. Though the sun has yet to arrive for its shift, much of the world awaits the announcement of who will preside over the plantation that is the United States. This exhausting practice engendered a social reproduction of the [...]

Five Things the Coney Barrett Confirmation Confirms

Five Things the Coney Barrett Confirmation Confirms

Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, hearing, and confirmation dominated the weeks before what many are calling "the most important election of our lifetimes. " The process, from its association with what has come to be known as the Rose Garden Massacre to its its hasty process, has proved a national tension that runs parallel to a [...]