Movie Reviews

When the Bough Is Black: A“When The Bough Breaks” Review

Black Hollywood Veterans Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut appeal to the black audience  lost in the abundant white faces that continue to dominate the big screen. Thus, despite the familiar plot, reminiscent of Fatal Attraction or Obsessed, the film becomes attractive in the still aberrant presence embodied by black actors. Unfortunately, the presumed “black” actors,…… Continue reading When the Bough Is Black: A“When The Bough Breaks” Review

Pop Culture · Social Commentary

#TeacherBae and Sexuality as a Smokescreen to #BlackGirlMagic

This week, Patrice Brown made headlines after pictures of her in a tailored, knee-length pastel pink dress went viral. The picture offset a series of conversations about professional attire, and the sexualized black female body. However, Brown’s popularity has little to do with her attire. Rather, Brown’s popularity betrays an anxiety surrounding black women in…… Continue reading #TeacherBae and Sexuality as a Smokescreen to #BlackGirlMagic

Pop Culture

Why Fade did not “Fade” The Hyper-Sexualized Black Female Image

Teyana Taylor resurfaced as a cultural phenomenon in Kanye West’s latest creation “Fade.” Although the creator of 2009’s “Google Me,” many have not googled Taylor in years. Not exactly a forgotten presence, Taylor launched her own company, and graced the music world with the occasional feature, maintaining a private yet modestly popular Hollywood status.  Flash…… Continue reading Why Fade did not “Fade” The Hyper-Sexualized Black Female Image

Black Business and Entrepreneurship

Lipstick and Heels: Black Business Spotlight

Beauty is a central to the female experience. Originally excluded from the term woman, femininity–a privilege not allotted to the traditional black female, circumscribed black female beauty into an imposed masculinity. Contemporary culture welcomes black consumers– a relationship that falsely suggests an inclusion not manifested by popular brands.  Brands like MAC, NARS and Sephora earn…… Continue reading Lipstick and Heels: Black Business Spotlight

Black Business and Entrepreneurship · Cultural Controversy

Eat This Not That: Unveiling Food Appropriation in the Black Community

Appropiation is perhaps one of the greatest areas of distress for the contemporary African in America. From Iggy Azalea as a hit making rapper, Angelina Jolie as the epitome of luscious lips to Kim Kardashian as the portrait of round derrieres, black people witness their ridiculed attributes celebrated on whites and non-blacks. While appropriation is typically…… Continue reading Eat This Not That: Unveiling Food Appropriation in the Black Community

Social Commentary

No Justice No Peace: Asserting A Black Perspective of Contemporary White America

This week in America has shocked some, scared most, angered others and left many with a series of inquiries. The murders of Alton Sterling, and Phillando Castile echo previous racial injustice seen in slain black bodies such as Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner , Freddie Gray and Mike Brown. However, this week’s tragedies occurring…… Continue reading No Justice No Peace: Asserting A Black Perspective of Contemporary White America

Cultural Controversy · Social Commentary

When was America Great?: Why I’m not with “her,” “him” or “them”

2016 marks an instrumental year for Americans and those like myself exist whom outside the “American” label but live here. This year proves inevitably sad for those swept up into the symbolism of President Obama. This symbolism allowed many the visibility deprived of them throughout their lifetime. This visibility is of course farce as the…… Continue reading When was America Great?: Why I’m not with “her,” “him” or “them”