Peace and Political Pussyfooting

Peace and Political Pussyfooting

Civil rights, for those of us whose philosophy is black nationalism, means: "Give it to us now. Don't wait for next year. Give it to us yesterday, and that's not fast enough.” In The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon articulates “reason” as what the white world holds the black world to amidst anti-black adversity. [...]

Why The Real Can’t Keep a Black a Woman

Why The Real Can’t Keep a Black a Woman

This week, amidst global unrest, The Real Co-host Amanda Seales announced her departure from the daytime show. The announcement comes six months after Seales' addition to the table and five years after Tamar Braxton’s ejection from the talk show series.  Seales and Braxton brought vastly different components to the table, but both are outspoken Black [...]

Protest Participation and Black Power

Protest Participation and Black Power

We met on the hilltop. The chants occurred sporadically, ascending when passing those translating our footsteps to footage on their phones. The African adjacent came with signs more often than the African descended. The crowd knelt with raised fists twice, a gesture synonymous with closing one’s eyes to pray. In studying the ancestral plight to [...]

Remembering Little Richard

Remembering Little Richard

“You’re here with this beautiful sun tan, and everyone’s trying to get on the beach”—Little Richard on Blackness Millennials occupy a peculiar position generationally. Unlike (most of) our parents, we never lived during a time where Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Malcolm X were not archived to black and white photos on a wall, or [...]

Say What? Youse A Savage? Decoding “Savage” and its Popular Appeal

Say What? Youse A Savage? Decoding “Savage” and its Popular Appeal

I wrote a post a few weeks ago that listed words colloquialized as weapons against the black community. A word I did not include on this list was the word “savage,” whose nuanced use mirrors what the black community continues to see with the n-word. The word savage, like the n-word, illuminates the use of [...]

Stacy Abrams, the Anita Hill Effect, and The Farce of American Democracy

Stacy Abrams, the Anita Hill Effect, and The Farce of American Democracy

It was the last Wednesday in April when Stacy Abrams, in an interview with Don Lemon, defended Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden against rape allegations. Biden, of course, recently faced lukewarm censure for allegations of sexual assault from former aide Tara Reade. Abrams’ words "I believe Joe Biden" undercut her assertion that “women deserve to [...]

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 [...]