She Who Shaped America

She Who Shaped America

There is great power vested in black femininity, a power relinquished in crediting the Kardashians as enlightening the world to which they not only failed to invent, but that which invented them.

Remembering Little Richard

Remembering Little Richard

“You’re here with this beautiful sun tan, and everyone’s trying to get on the beach”—Little Richard on Blackness Millennials occupy a peculiar position generationally. Unlike (most of) our parents, we never lived during a time where Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Malcolm X were not archived to black and white photos on a wall, or [...]

Say What? Youse A Savage? Decoding “Savage” and its Popular Appeal

Say What? Youse A Savage? Decoding “Savage” and its Popular Appeal

I wrote a post a few weeks ago that listed words colloquialized as weapons against the black community. A word I did not include on this list was the word “savage,” whose nuanced use mirrors what the black community continues to see with the n-word. The word savage, like the n-word, illuminates the use of [...]

Stacy Abrams, the Anita Hill Effect, and The Farce of American Democracy

Stacy Abrams, the Anita Hill Effect, and The Farce of American Democracy

It was the last Wednesday in April when Stacy Abrams, in an interview with Don Lemon, defended Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden against rape allegations. Biden, of course, recently faced lukewarm censure for allegations of sexual assault from former aide Tara Reade. Abrams’ words "I believe Joe Biden" undercut her assertion that “women deserve to [...]

Little Fires Everywhere, A Black Female Perspective

Little Fires Everywhere, A Black Female Perspective

For those unfamiliar with Harriet Jacob’s text Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, there is a part of the narrative when Linda Brent, the enslaved protagonist, opts for motherhood autonomous from her overzealous slave master. In a seminar course, my black female classmates, in tandem with my white male professor, vehemently argued that [...]

The Real, Amanda Seales, and Centralizing White Comfort

The Real, Amanda Seales, and Centralizing White Comfort

After years of not watching, to viewing clips of recently hired co-host Amanda Seales’ in her new role, I stmbled across what is truly bothersome about The Real. It does not take long to realize that the discussions, though seemingly anchored in the non-white experience, is hardly about the non-black woman in America. Rather, The [...]

Public Punishment and Hegemonic Pride

Public Punishment and Hegemonic Pride

Another day another overtly racist viral video. On Saturday, two Georgia teens were reportedly expelled for an overtly racist video posted onto Tik Tok. An essential component to this performative punishment is that it does not exist because of an American belief that racism is wrong. Rather, this punishment exists because of hegemonic pride.  This [...]