The Problem with Whiteness as Privilege

The Problem with Whiteness as Privilege

Few things prove as exasperating as the term “white privilege.” The term marks a neo-liberalist attempt to gentrify the “woke” movement. The word proves a facile attempt to encapsulate and expose the inequities of whiteness. Asserting whiteness as a privilege, however, “privileges” the term. Whiteness is not a privilege, it is an act of terrorism. [...]

Stacey Abrams, The Misappropriation of Ancestral Power

Stacey Abrams, The Misappropriation of Ancestral Power

Stacey Abrams has made quite the name for herself in the past year. She was the first face viewers saw and first words spoken in defense of the sexual assault allegations made against President-elect Joe Biden. She was the face of voter suffrage during the presidential election and she remains integral to the pending and [...]

Be Careful what You Wish For, Re-Presentation and 2020

Be Careful what You Wish For, Re-Presentation and 2020

2020 began with the devastating death of Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter Gianna. What still permeates my memory is how Bryant’s parents attended his public memorial to no acknowledgment. Their omission delineated a poignant truth: that the black optic attains its status following a complete uprooting from its origins. Then, we watched COVID birth [...]

What Will His Story Remember About the Year 2020?

What Will His Story Remember About the Year 2020?

His story will remember this year for everything it wasn’t. The question the confused will ask years from now is: where were you during the performative gestures that inundated 2020? The appropriate question is: where were you before? Where were you before an anti-black media told you it was okay to stand up and speak [...]

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Black Female Perspective

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Black Female Perspective

Amidst career-defining roles, Academy-Award Winner Viola Davis, and the late Chadwick Boseman in perhaps his most poignant role yet, is the power of the immortal black writer. The feat of writers like August Wilson is that they implement the colonial language as a way to liberate the black voice from systemized silence. Wilson fills this [...]