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 [...]

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 [...]