Dear White People, Season 2 Review

Dear White People, Season 2 Review

Despite not enjoying the first season of Justin Sieman’s series Dear White People, I did establish an appreciation for characters Joelle, Reggie, and Lionel and their masterful portrayals by talented by black actors.  This time around, my predilection was replaced by indifference. I only completely made it through the two episodes featuring the experiences of [...]

Scandal: The Beginning of The End

Scandal: The Beginning of The End

Scandal (Shonda Rhimes; 2012), the series who for the first time placed a black woman in a leading role since 1974’s Get Christie Love—will go down in history for its seemingly groundbreaking representation of black femininity. Pope, the beautiful, intelligent, and confident series lead is seen to personify fearlessness, but actualizes the most socially accepted form [...]

Nice For What? Drake, #metoo, and Black Female Erasure

Nice For What? Drake, #metoo, and Black Female Erasure

Degrassi Alum turned Rap superstar Aubrey “Drake” Graham recently joined the contemporary feminist performance with a new video for “Nice For What.” The song, a mash up of Lauryn Hill’s hit “The Ex factor” is a page in the New Orleans bounce sound, but the video is making waves for its atypical visuals— well, partially. [...]

Her Hips Don’t Hop

Her Hips Don’t Hop

In studying literacy, hip hop continues to be a persistent subject of discourse. These are an artistic blend of thoughts that came to me Tuesday evening. May it prove food for thought...   The music won’t stop But her hips don’t hop Mic check one-two one-two The sounds don’t move through her, like it moves [...]

Why Monique Isn’t Mad Enough For Me

Why Monique Isn’t Mad Enough For Me

Monique made headlines this week for outing Netflix in what she references as payment discrimination. Monique, a black female actress and comedian, has repeatedly made headlines over the last couple of years regarding her treatment in Hollywood. As a full-figured black woman, known for her emphatic and sometimes vulgar language use, Monique is an easy [...]

Beheading Ms. Badu: The Vulture Article and Undeserved Backlash

Beheading Ms. Badu: The Vulture Article and Undeserved Backlash

Revered Neo-soul singer Erykah Badu made headlines on the fourth Wednesday in 2018 for comments made during an interview with a white Jewish interviewer for Vulture magazine. As per usual, her remarks were taken out of context, Badu placed on a scaffold and be-headed in a social media paradigm that seeks to cast blacks as [...]

Amara La Negra and the Political Dilemma of Diasporic Blackness in the Americas

Amara La Negra and the Political Dilemma of Diasporic Blackness in the Americas

As a black woman displaced into the Americas, it was an interesting experience to listen to Amara La Negra on the breakfast club with Angela Yee, Charlemagne, and DJ Envy. Their conversation illustrates the duality of denial and representation without actual reconciliation. "I thought you were black until you opened your mouth" The interview gets [...]

Proud Mary, A Review: The Strong Black Woman as Superhero/ Assassin Medley

Proud Mary, A Review: The Strong Black Woman as Superhero/ Assassin Medley

Proud Mary (2018) is a tale of emancipation well carried by Taraji P. Henson (Mary), Billy Brown (Tom), and Danny Glover (Benny), but poorly written and developed by the non-black males behind the scenes. Mary (Taraji P. Henson) a long time affiliate of Benny (Danny Glover), works to free herself from the chains of a [...]