Cheslie Kryst and the Myth of An Evolved America, A Black Female Perspective

After hearing that Sandra Bland “committed suicide,” I meet every accusation that followed with unapologetic speculation. News of Cheslie Kryst’s untimely death, however, brought my mind to the ambiguous ending of Nella Larson’s Passing. The novel’s final scene leaves readers to inquire whether a beautiful corpse along the city sidewalk met her end by push or…

On Lauren Smith-Fields– A Black Female Rant

An unsettling fact made the news before George Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict. The fact was that a slain, seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin lay in the morgue for days before authorities notified anyone of his death (he was identified after Martin’s father filed a Missing Person’s report). The information circulated from empowered social media sources elucidated the…

Goodbye, for now

Amidst what would become the worst four years of my life, I started “Whispers of a Womanist” as a way to keep the fire burning of a purpose that promised to become a dream deferred if not engaged. I could not have imagined what blogging would do for my life. What began as whispers in…

The Difference between Revolutionary and Evolutionary Discourse

The first decision I made as an adult was to attend Howard University. The experience has remained one of the most life-changing and significant choices of my adult life. I make this point to contextualize my dissent from the actions of Generation Z executed at Howard University last year and employ said efforts to illustrate…

On Anita’s “hill”: Jamilah Lemieux and “the black a- – lie”

*TRIGGER WARNING: this post contains a disturbing final photograph of Laura Nelson’s dangling corpse. My twitter-feed enlightened me to the latest charade of revolutionary discourse, which enlists the black woman as its weapon of choice. Jamilah Lemieux’s Vanity Fair article “Dave Chapelle and the ‘black a– lie,” is the most recent miseducated “voice” selected to…

Harlem and the Hoax of Representation

One glance onto the current media landscape reveals countless shows featuring all black or predominately black casts. The current lineup is seemingly a representational dream come true, with more black faces than ever before dominating the small screen. As elucidated with the Obama campaign, and most recently through elected officials like Eric Adams and Kamala…

January 6th: One Year Later

It’s been a year since the riot at the capitol where white supremacists publicly unraveled white superiority for the world to see. I cringe writing this sentence because images of barbaric white murderers alongside the mutilated corpses of black men, women, and children that ornament American history have illustrated this point for centuries yet have…

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…