White America, UnPoliced.

White America, UnPoliced.

I come to you from the nation’s capital. From where the ubiquitous values remain as white as the house that sits upon a manicured lawn on Pennsylvania Avenue. For four-hundred years, the black collective watched as acts of domestic terrorism cast the black corpse as bibelots on the American landscape. The perpetual quest for white [...]

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 [...]

Vaccine and the Black Contribution #firstthem

Vaccine and the Black Contribution #firstthem

The white world went from overt outrage over George Floyd’s murder to an outpour of support and enthusiasm for president-elect Joe Biden, to Floyd as a nameless nominee for Time’s highest honor (eventually awarded to Biden and Kamala Harris). Another notable shift was from “vote like your lives depends on it” to “vaccinate” for the [...]

The Curse of Kevin Samuels: Gender as Racism

The Curse of Kevin Samuels: Gender as Racism

Earlier this month, self-proclaimed image consultant Kevin Samuels went viral for an on-air session he had with a black female client. In the session, Samuels responded to his client’s want for a man that brings home a six-figure income. The client, a thirty-five-year-old woman who makes six figures herself, has a teenaged son. Samuels contended [...]

A Black Female Perspective on the Twerking Diner at True Kitchen and Kocktails

A Black Female Perspective on the Twerking Diner at True Kitchen and Kocktails

It’s been almost two weeks since the video of a twerking diner and a reactionary owner went viral on social media. The now-viral footage betrayed a crucial divide in the black community and a harmful preoccupation with what lies on the surface. Some viewers contended that the twerking diner had no respect for black men, [...]

Toward A Black Imaginary: For the Daughters of the Diaspora

Toward A Black Imaginary: For the Daughters of the Diaspora

What a time to be alive. What a time to be a black woman and an HBCU graduate living in their nation’s capitol. While there are countless lessons to be learned form the 2020 election, the most profound lesson is one of imagination.    A defiled imagination renders the black power manifested in white supremacist [...]

The Black Woman and the Mythos of American Democracy

The Black Woman and the Mythos of American Democracy

I received several emails, texts, and alerts rejoicing in what the white media calls the first black vice-president-elect. A black female CNN political analyst even called Harris’s “victory” a poetic rebuttal to Trump’s four years. To this, I say two things. The first is that Kamala Harris as Vice President functions a lot like Black [...]