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

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, [...]

Malcolm, Marie, and A Hidden Agenda Makes Three

Malcolm, Marie, and A Hidden Agenda Makes Three

Malcolm and Marie (2021) is the latest portrait of a white director and writer implementing universality behind the ruse of diversity, or what I call cinematic blackface. We encounter the couple after Malcolm's (John David Washington) directorial debut. Marie (Zendaya) is overtly upset; an emotion made conspicuous as she smokes and makes Malcolm (unbaked) Mac [...]

Meghan Markle, A Black Female Perspective

Meghan Markle, A Black Female Perspective

Meghan Markle, like Vice President Kamala Harris, became a media sensation because she embodies a " black" woman in a space previously unoccupied by anyone of African-descent. The issue? Markle, like Harris, wears blackness like a seasonal fashion choice. Their experiences as non-whites in traditionally black spaces engender commentary on what black women experience daily. [...]

Justin Ain’t Sorry, and Britney Ain’t Janet: Timberlake’s Failed Attempt to Manifest an Anti-Black Destiny

Justin Ain’t Sorry, and Britney Ain’t Janet: Timberlake’s Failed Attempt to Manifest an Anti-Black Destiny

My older brother’s reverie for Janet Jackson placed me in front of the television for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. I, nor my eldest sibling, liked football, but he knew my love for music would make me a formidable companion for the evening’s events. During Jackson’s performance, he gushed about how Janet moved and [...]

The Difference between Poetry and Rhetoric: A Black Female Perspective on the Inaugural Poet

The Difference between Poetry and Rhetoric: A Black Female Perspective on the Inaugural Poet

When I think of poetry, I think of, in no particular order, Sterling A. Brown, Amiri Baraka, Mari Evans, Lucille Clifton, Nicki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Countee Cullen, and Langston Hughes. When I think of black femininity as personified in poetry, I depart from Maya Angelou’s gentrified and universalized “Still I Rise,” and ‘“Phenomenal Woman,” and [...]

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 [...]

Five Things the Coney Barrett Confirmation Confirms

Five Things the Coney Barrett Confirmation Confirms

Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, hearing, and confirmation dominated the weeks before what many are calling "the most important election of our lifetimes. " The process, from its association with what has come to be known as the Rose Garden Massacre to its its hasty process, has proved a national tension that runs parallel to a [...]

The Rihanna-Repeat: Meg Thee Stallion and The Black Female Role in Assassinating Black Male Character

The Rihanna-Repeat: Meg Thee Stallion and The Black Female Role in Assassinating Black Male Character

I’ll make this a short and sweet post, because I have little interest in discussing Tory Lanez or Meg Thee Stallion any more than I already have. Nevertheless, their contentious union betrays an important lesson for young black people.  I was a sophomore in college when the Rihanna-Chris Brown scenario went viral and changed both [...]

The Vice Presidential Debate, A Black Female Perspective

The Vice Presidential Debate, A Black Female Perspective

What always baffles me is how easily many forget that the space in which we occupy is one of strategy. This fact could not be more evident in the recent vice-presidential debate.  Both Kamala Harris and Mike Pence worked to differentiate themselves from their presidential counterparts while emphasizing the same ideas. For this reason, the [...]