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 [...]

The HBCU: Bleaching the Black University

The HBCU: Bleaching the Black University

This week, Howard University reported that it has a new Editor-in-chief, a title the university awarded to a woman of Asian descent. As editor-in-chief, this non-black woman of color will assume responsibility for the university’s Magazine. What stands out most about this appointment is the word “storyteller.” For centuries, the HBCU has authored a significant [...]

One Night in Miami, A Black Female Perspective

One Night in Miami, A Black Female Perspective

I was uncharacteristically excited to see Regina King’s One Night in Miami. This excitement was motivated by an opportunity to support both a black director and black screenwriter. My overall resistance to plays as films remains as does the America’s employment of seemingly black ambiances to propagate anti-black ideals. I have abridged my thoughts into [...]

Coming Soon: Blackness. Under-represented.

Coming Soon: Blackness. Under-represented.

Hi Everyone! So with a new year comes new adventure. I am writing to formally announce my podcast: Blackness. Under-Represented. Listen to the trailer here: https://anchor.fm/blacknessunderrep Blackness. Under-Represented will include episodes eight minutes or less that provide insight into happenings relevant to black people and black culture. This announcement is not a farewell to blogging; [...]

A False Premise of Unity

A False Premise of Unity

Whether CNN’s “reflection” on 2020 on The Grio’s “analysis” of the black teen assaulted by a domestic terrorist, the contemporary black face and voice illustrate a conflicting espousal to an anti-black farce encompassed by a single word: unity. CNN’s 2020 reflection, which predictably solicited black correspondents Abby Phillip and Van Jones as its Neo-liberal mask, [...]

Who is the “We?” The Subversive Promise to Make Whiteness Great Again

Who is the “We?” The Subversive Promise to Make Whiteness Great Again

Throughout the coursework portion of my degree, a question I found myself continually asking was: who is the “we?” The backdrop for my education is a historically black university, were in classes where the entire ambiance was of African-descent, the word fails to surface beyond the implicit. I had the unfortunate, yet pedagogical, the experience [...]