Netflix series Orange is the New Black debuted almost three years ago to a crowd that rejoiced in its seemingly diverse cast. Orange is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman’s book of the same title, reverses the dearth that... Continue Reading →
Teyana Taylor resurfaced as a cultural phenomenon in Kanye West’s latest creation “Fade.” Although the creator of 2009’s “Google Me,” many have not googled Taylor in years. Not exactly a forgotten presence, Taylor launched her own company, and graced the... Continue Reading →
"Becky with the good hair" shields an ignorant comment with the facade of entertainment--rendering blacks pawns in their own oppression. As pawns, fans overlook this problematic phrasing, and instead focus on unveiling Becky's identity. In prompting listeners to place a face to the phrase rather than question its relevance, the toxic phrase "good hair" endures celebration rather than the scrutiny it deserves.
My consistent criticism of popular culture is its often indifference to contemporary conflict. Admittedly Hollywood offers starlets, singers and others of the same sort a view from the top that all too frequently distances them from reality. Reality, well specifically... Continue Reading →
My eyes welt up with tears as Davis, beautifully dressed in an ivory gown with her hair unapolegitcally natural, took the stage to accept her honor. The tears were partially of pride, but mainly because Davis' win is merely another symbol to seduce society into believing the world "isn't so bad" for black folk.
Vanessa Williams made waves this week with her return to the Miss America Stage. After serenading the audience with a powerful performance, Williams received an apology from current president of the organization Sam Haskell. The gesture received a mostly positive... Continue Reading →
I knew that I was in store for below mediocre performances and a medley of “politically correct” and not-so-politically correct behavior that both manage to offend anyone who is remotely racially conscious. With that said, the VMAs displayed consistently problematic behavior. This is not surprising as popular culture houses societal anxieties and perpetuates them as “entertainment.” While laughter and smiles are certainly good things, they are not positive if they are at the expense of racial cognizance.