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…

My Black is Brown: A Black Female Perspective in Prose

There are few phrases as triggering and colloquially violent as the term “black and brown.” The term typically precedes a discussion pertaining to some systemic or social wrong rooted in physiognomy. Moreover, the term suggests a similarity between the experiences of black and non-black people of color. The issues here are plentiful; however, the most…

Chauvin and American Chauvinism

To offset this post, I wish to enlist a famous quotation from the late Toni Morrison’s expository catalog. In “The Nobel Lecture in Literature,” Morrison writes: “We die. That make be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives” (203). While this quotation speaks to death as…

A Word on Nancy Pelosi and the Petting Incident…

I admit that I always had an issue with the way that the media treated Gianna Floyd. Nevertheless, I, along with millions of others, watched the interview where a six-year-old Floyd said she missed her father and wanted to be a doctor to help people. Upon looking at Gianna’s face, one could see George Floyd…

George Floyd, Four Hundred Years Later

It is imperative that the African descended resurrect George Floyd from the chokehold of American his story. The morning of May 25, 2020, would become the final hours of Floyd’s life. By this time last year, his feet were tagged, his organs prepped for an autopsy that would “prove” what millions would see from various…

The Derek Chauvin Trial and Verdict, A Black Female Perspective

Three weeks ago, like countless others throughout the nation, I tuned into the Derek Chauvin trial. After watching George Floyd die from multiple angles, it didn’t take long to access the intractable loss that no outcome could overcome. Shortly after calling the first witness, it also became evident that George Floyd was the one on…

The Black Ally: Why It’s “Stop White Supremacy” not “Stop Asian Hate”

Not even a year ago, flames engulfed police cars, and the names Breonna Taylor and George Floyd filled the air alongside the phrase: “Black Lives Matter.” From living rooms across America and overseas, the moment resembled a resurrected and recharged Ferguson. For many, last summer appeared to centralize systemic white terror on black bodies. Yet,…

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…