Cake and Crumbs: A Rebuttal to “Behold Barack Antoinette”

Amidst the delta variant and a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, The New York Times published an article by Maureen Dowd, which criticized former president President Obama for his sixtieth birthday bash in the Berkshires. The article, while inappropriate, was not entirely unexpected. The African-adjacent who possess an elevated understanding of racism understand that the Obama…

Respect,A Black Female Perspective

Admittedly, my sole interest in the Aretha Franklin biopic was to illustrate why biopics are bad for black people.  Biopics complicate the inherently contentious relationship that the black collective has with the past. Though our history does not begin with abduction, this abduction marks the beginning of our historical mutilation. It marks an integral moment…

Homophobia or Hegemony?

Homophobia: An accusation too frequently cast onto the black canvass. The term’s use illustrates how the systemically empowered attain the ability to weaponize terms, festering the social and systemic wounds of oppressed people. The irony here is that the same system that breeds ignorance in the oppressed caste reserves the right to weaponize said ignorance…

Dining While Black, A Black Female Perspective

Online review platforms such as Yelp and Google operate on the premise that the average dining experience delivers the respect and grace consistent with hospitality mythos. This expectation, of course, operates under the default of a white perspective. While I am sure that those of my collective have encountered outstanding service at times, I am…

My Black is Brown: A Black Female Perspective in Prose

There are few phrases as triggering and colloquially violent as the term “black and brown.” The term typically precedes a discussion pertaining to some systemic or social wrong rooted in physiognomy. Moreover, the term suggests a similarity between the experiences of black and non-black people of color. The issues here are plentiful; however, the most…

My Black Is Brown

My black is brown My ancestor’s blood marks the ground on which many walk  and talk over an obscured memory that separates wrong from right black from white and brown the silent sea speaks of stories unheard by the unseen stories that run like bleeding rivers black like the brown backs  of those beaten  niggerized…

What The Cosbys Show Us: A Black Female Perspective

As a collective, black people are no strangers to sexual assault as a vindicating force to domestic terrorism. Sexual assault allegations that engendered the lynchings that ornament our past and present. We are also not strangers to how a racist society employs hyper-sexuality to stain the legacies of black greatness from Sam Cooke to Michael…

Chauvin and American Chauvinism

To offset this post, I wish to enlist a famous quotation from the late Toni Morrison’s expository catalog. In “The Nobel Lecture in Literature,” Morrison writes: “We die. That make be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives” (203). While this quotation speaks to death as…

Regarding Don Lemon’s Comments on Black Humanity

Don Lemon is the latest black public figure to articulate racial “insight” incongruent to the actions that engendered his relevance. I use the term “insight” loosely, as Lemon merely uses his popular platform to state unpopular views that predate his existence. The views I reference are Lemon’s recent comments that white people still do not…