Bad Hair, A Black Female Perspective

Bad Hair, A Black Female Perspective

Justin Simien’s most recent creative effort Bad Hair espouses the horror/science fiction genre with race commentary. The film follows Annie, a black female protagonist who wants to make something of herself in the vain media subculture of an anti-black world. When the corporate plantation receives a new overseer, the stakes of Annie’s upward mobility become [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Just Mercy, A Review

Just Mercy, A Review

Just Mercy begins the new year with the latest African embodiment of the American mantra: “if you work hard, you can achieve impossible things.” The film, based off Bryan Stevenson’s book of the same title, delineates an abridged version of the trials and tribulations encountered and overcome by a young lawyer who confronts a corrupt [...]

Bombshell? B!tch Please, A Black Female Perspective

Bombshell? B!tch Please, A Black Female Perspective

This review will be uncharacteristically short. My conciseness results not from a lack of things to say, but from a prominent effort to not grant more attention to an undeserving source.  Bombshell highlights former Fox chair Roger Ailes’ demise. Ailes, who, for years, objectified white female journalists, seizing their dignity for airtime, easily embodies the [...]

Queen and Slim, A Black Female Perspective

Queen and Slim, A Black Female Perspective

Queen and Slim begins with a dearth blacks in America have become accustomed to—the dearth, or violent obscurity, in representation. British actors as African-Americans proves even more jarring in a film that repeatedly references the characters as “African Americans.” Neither lead fits this description, so the label becomes a mask, a costume that the lead [...]

My Story Without Me: Harriet, A Black Female Perspective

My Story Without Me: Harriet, A Black Female Perspective

I feel inclined to inform anyone who takes the time to read this post the process of its conception. I originally planned to entitle this article “Why I Won’t See the New Harriet Movie," but I feared to execute a superficial discourse on a topic so prevalent to the black collective. Seeing the film actualized [...]

Assaulting the Archive: The Cultural Damage of The Black Biopic and “Historical” Film

Assaulting the Archive: The Cultural Damage of The Black Biopic and “Historical” Film

The eighties were a turbulent period. The crack era personified a violent wrath that intentionally tore apart black families. The multi-talented Jackie Wilson, a trailblazer in black entertainment, lay robbed, abused, and neglected in a nursing home. Tawana Brawley, a fifteen-year-old black teen from Upstate New York, was raped and systemically lynched, and five young [...]