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…

Pessimism.

They call us pessimistic  because we won’t smile for the optics Because if their representation Doesn’t yield a celebration In your heart Or mind You’re the pessimistic kind They quote Malcolm but lack the courage to truly implement his practice They hear the words of a revolutionary and like the sound but get gone when its finna…

Manifesting the Man

Manifest. A word and practice that has attained significant traction in the last few years or so. Whether it is “manifesting” your true love, dream career, or any other ideal status, the concept suggests a spirituality that, if tapped into, yields life-changing results. Despite its frequent presence in everyday dialogue, manifest, as a word and…

Stray Thoughts

I. Anti-black Altruism News stories that highlight “altruism” often maintain racist mythos. A recent news story featured a (black male) teacher who gave a young, black student the shoes off his feet. On the surface, the newsstory delineates community, but as an ornament of the racist media, this feature is violent propoganda. The gesture reinforces…

Freedom doesn’t bloom in June…: A Black Female Perspective on Juneteenth

On the surface, Juneteenth as a national holiday appears a national step towards acknowledging enslavement. The reality is, Juneteenth as a national holiday, functions to restore faith in what has failed us for centuries: the government. Juneteenth as a national holiday, in addition to aiding Joe Biden’s attempt to paint himself into the Abe Lincoln…