Whispers of a Womanist

A Black Female Perspective…

Dana Schutz’s “Open Casket:” A Stolen Memorial?

This week, Black Perspectives featured a story about the New York art feature “Open Casket” by Brooklyn artist Dana Schutz. The piece features a mirage of colors to portray a slain Emmett Till in an ‘open casket’ at his 1955 funeral.... Continue Reading →

Naturi Naughton and the Black Body’s Plight to Overcome Rejection

A video clip of former 3LW members Adrienne Bailon and Naturi Naughton reunited on Daytime Talk show The Real surfaced this week, inciting many to question the authenticity of the now the popular apology.  In the clip, co-host Adrienne Bailon... Continue Reading →

A Telling Exchange between a Free and Enslaved African

I read an interesting exchange in my blog this weekend. The exchange was beneath a post authored earlier this year regarding interracial dating. The comments painted members of the black collective somewhat predictably—those who understand interracial relationships as a strategy... Continue Reading →

The People versus O.J. Simpson, A Review

My insomnia makes Netflix an common late-night companion. Over the past week, my insomnia streak acquainted me with recent Netflix series The People v. OJ Simpson. The popular series produced by Hollywood veteran and controversial scientologist John Travolta, takes viewers... Continue Reading →

Everything, Everything: A Review

I always liked Amandla Stenberg. As Rue from The Hunger Games, she was convincing, sweet, strong and cute. Her beauty was and is both striking and comforting. So when she blossomed into what appeared to be an intellectual and activist,... Continue Reading →

A Letter to a Revolutionary on his Birthday

Dear Elder El Hajj  Malik El Shabazz, I write to you from the twenty-first century, the year 2017 to be exact. I am a twenty-nine year old female, just a decade younger than you when you took your final breaths... Continue Reading →

Boo-hoo Betsy: Understanding the Power of the Black Institution

Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” came on via shuffle while I was driving the other day. While to most this song symbols the metamorphosis from Degrassi's Aubrey Graham to Drake the rapper, for me this song bears an irreplaceable nostalgia.... Continue Reading →

Devaluing Race: A Contemporary Obsession

Free of the blackface worn in a shameful embodiment of the late Nina Simone, Zoe Saldana made headlines last week for articulating a popular mantra of the contemporary world— “sexism is more aggressive than racism.” It appears the world is... Continue Reading →

Laugh Now Cry Later: How Black Male Rape as a Comedic Reference Thwarts Collective Consciousness

Many of the contemporary comedians share a noticeable similarity—they reference Bill Cosby’s rape allegations. Placing a serious matter in a comedy skit is a typical, yet self-deprecating for any black man to make light of how the Western world treats... Continue Reading →

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