The Black Ally: Why It’s “Stop White Supremacy” not “Stop Asian Hate”

The Black Ally: Why It’s “Stop White Supremacy” not “Stop Asian Hate”

Not even a year ago, flames engulfed police cars, and the names Breonna Taylor and George Floyd filled the air alongside the phrase: “Black Lives Matter.” From living rooms across America and overseas, the moment resembled a resurrected and recharged Ferguson. For many, last summer appeared to centralize systemic white terror on black bodies. Yet, [...]

Malcolm, Marie, and A Hidden Agenda Makes Three

Malcolm, Marie, and A Hidden Agenda Makes Three

Malcolm and Marie (2021) is the latest portrait of a white director and writer implementing universality behind the ruse of diversity, or what I call cinematic blackface. We encounter the couple after Malcolm's (John David Washington) directorial debut. Marie (Zendaya) is overtly upset; an emotion made conspicuous as she smokes and makes Malcolm (unbaked) Mac [...]

Meghan Markle, A Black Female Perspective

Meghan Markle, A Black Female Perspective

Meghan Markle, like Vice President Kamala Harris, became a media sensation because she embodies a " black" woman in a space previously unoccupied by anyone of African-descent. The issue? Markle, like Harris, wears blackness like a seasonal fashion choice. Their experiences as non-whites in traditionally black spaces engender commentary on what black women experience daily. [...]

Justin Ain’t Sorry, and Britney Ain’t Janet: Timberlake’s Failed Attempt to Manifest an Anti-Black Destiny

Justin Ain’t Sorry, and Britney Ain’t Janet: Timberlake’s Failed Attempt to Manifest an Anti-Black Destiny

My older brother’s reverie for Janet Jackson placed me in front of the television for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. I, nor my eldest sibling, liked football, but he knew my love for music would make me a formidable companion for the evening’s events. During Jackson’s performance, he gushed about how Janet moved and [...]

The Difference between Poetry and Rhetoric: A Black Female Perspective on the Inaugural Poet

The Difference between Poetry and Rhetoric: A Black Female Perspective on the Inaugural Poet

When I think of poetry, I think of, in no particular order, Sterling A. Brown, Amiri Baraka, Mari Evans, Lucille Clifton, Nicki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Countee Cullen, and Langston Hughes. When I think of black femininity as personified in poetry, I depart from Maya Angelou’s gentrified and universalized “Still I Rise,” and ‘“Phenomenal Woman,” and [...]

6 Points on Inauguration, A Black Female Perspective

6 Points on Inauguration, A Black Female Perspective

Appeal Through Representational Politics: Lady Gaga, the recording artist selected to perform the national anthem, is the daughter of Italian immigrants, Jennifer Lopez, who was also selected to sing, is the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, just as new Vice President Kamala Harris is the daughter of two immigrants. This showcase makes a notable departure [...]

American Skin, A Black Female Perspective (Spoilers)

American Skin, A Black Female Perspective (Spoilers)

When I think about American Skin, I think of those tarred and feathered, the black bodies dangled over scorching hot flames, their limbs dipped and torched, their “American” skin charred black. This skin, which too often acts as wrapping paper for the murdered, is America. Director, writer and producer Nate Parker depicts America in the [...]