Against my better judgement, I watched some of Meg Thee Stallion’s virtual concert. Meg Thee Stallion may be what this artist calls herself, but I’m uncomfortable with the black woman and animal juxtaposition, so I will call Meg Thee Stallion Megan. While Megan appears authentic in her demeanor, her sexuality, the commodified core of her [...]
The March on Washington occurred on the heels of a red summer and overtly racist Republican National Convention acting as a platform for the masses to express their frustration with systemic forces. The 2020 March on Washington, held on the 65th anniversary of Emmett Till's murder marks the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s [...]
The Republican National Convention could not have opted for a more appropriate backdrop. The Convention aired hours after a black man, Jacob Blake, was critically wounded by police, as many continued to protest Trump’s Law and Order America, as Hurricane Laura rendered her wet wrath throughout numerous states in the nation, and as the Corona [...]
On the second night of the Republican National Convention, Abby Johnson of Planned Parenthood provided a graphic description of abortion to pull on the heartstrings and taunt the consciousness of a conscious-less audience. She preceded this anecdote by disclosing Planned Parenthood’s racist origins. Johnson’s speech was undoubtedly supposed to be moving, however, it illuminated the [...]
If the world had seen Taylor before they could never see her, if she mattered when they could look her in her eye, the readers of these magazines would not have encountered Taylor on the news or as a Covergirl. Rather, she would have been a person they pretended not to see on the street, precluded their children from befriending, or a person who motivated their move to all-white neighbors on the outskirts of the city.
Social media enabled the “ordinary” person to live like a celebrity. By this, I mean that social media provided a platform where regular people could conduct their lives how they’d like others to see it. This praxis denotes the essence of politics that should seemingly illuminate insincerity, yet, the incorporation of social media into societal [...]
On the first Friday of August 2020, Cardi B debuted a new song and music video featuring Meg the Stallion. I maintain my inaugural stance that Cardi B is a Lil’ Kim/Nicki Minaj #knockoff that illuminates the white imaginary’s attempt to improve a design engendered to Africanize America. It is for this reason, that I [...]
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 [...]