Only the Soul Survives: Black Life and Legacy

Only the Soul Survives: Black Life and Legacy

To say that last week has been quite a week seems to downplay that 2020 has been quite a year. To encounter this past week while reading Alice Walker’s inaugural novel The Third Life of Grange Copeland, proved a context suited for a movie’s framing. During his first two lives, Walker’s Grange Copeland is absent [...]

Black is King, A Black Female Perspective

Black is King, A Black Female Perspective

Beyonce’s Black is King delivers an aesthetically pleasing cultural collage. From waterfalls to regal braiding, the film captures the pure beauty of black people who occupy both central and peripheral spaces in the film. The music also engenders a Pan-Africanist sound that melds the diaspora together in a melody as diverse a the colors of [...]

Emmett Till, John Lewis, and Learning from those who Left Us

Emmett Till, John Lewis, and Learning from those who Left Us

Saturday, July 25, 2020, marked what would have been Emmett Till’s seventy-ninth birthday. Till, a black child whose spilled blood evidences the evil cast against the black collective, maintains his eternal youth in more ways than one. Had Till lived to see adulthood, he would be younger than many millennial grandparents betraying his brutal murder, [...]

The Essence of Black on Black Crime: A Black Female Perspective on “The Truth About Essence”

The Essence of Black on Black Crime: A Black Female Perspective on “The Truth About Essence”

In the final days of June, a post entitled “The Truth About Essence,” witten by multiple authors under the title #blackfemaleanonymous appeared on medium.com. The authors remain nameless, though they identify, behind a virtual veil, as black women. The post delineates Essence magazine as a hyper-site for negativity under former Shea Moisture founder and CEO Richelieu [...]

Breonna Taylor, A Black Female Perspective

Breonna Taylor, A Black Female Perspective

We have made a greater sacrifice than anybody who's standing up in America today. We have made a greater contribution and have collected lessMalcolm X Just after midnight on March 13th, the police, armed with a “no-knock” warrant, forced their way into Breonna Taylor’s apartment. Her boyfriend, who believed that Taylor’s apartment was being invaded, [...]

On Juneteenth 2020

On Juneteenth 2020

One of the most pertinent distinctions that the African descended must make is the distinction between “enslaved” and “slave.” Enslaved speaks to a systemic position, and slavery references a mind weighed down by cognitive chains. Juneteenth as a commercialized holiday delineates that this distinction remains more prevalent than ever. As Dr. Carr reminded us on [...]