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 [...]

SZA’s “The Weekend” Video: The Good, The Bad, and The Upset

SZA’s “The Weekend” Video: The Good, The Bad, and The Upset

SZA’s “The Weekend” is a sensual track bearing the same content overlooked in the pristine vocals of the late Whitney Houston in “Saving All my Love” (1985). A contemporary rendition of the ode to the other-woman, SZA resurrects the seemingly long lost sound of rhythm and blues. The Weekend's popularity proves that popular music does [...]

Coolest “Monkey” in the Jungle or King of The World? The H&M Ad as a Call to Action for Affirmative Black Economics

Coolest “Monkey” in the Jungle or King of The World? The H&M Ad as a Call to Action for Affirmative Black Economics

H&M recently made headlines for a derogatory image that featured a young black boy in a green hoodie that read: The coolest monkey in the jungle. This degrading image depicts how the world views the black body simultaneously proving reminiscent of the 2011 Soho billboard that featured a black child in asserting the black female [...]

Why OWN’s Checked Inn Checks all of Boxes in Positive Black Portrayal

Why OWN’s Checked Inn Checks all of Boxes in Positive Black Portrayal

Typically, black portrayal in white media proves a medley of stereotypes. From the welfare mother, to the jezebel, the mammy, the buck, tom, sapphire, and tragic mulatto, the black body remains confined to the caricatured imprisonment of the oppositional gaze. OWN’s new series Checked Inn strikes a new chord in black representation. The series focuses [...]

Who’s Family? A Black Perspective on Jay-Z’s Family Feud Video

Who’s Family? A Black Perspective on Jay-Z’s Family Feud Video

Two common ingredients in contemporary media that aims for modernity are: overwhelming presence of the female body from various racial and ethnic  background, and talk of unity Jay Z’s most recent music video for the song "Family Feud" contains both. The video-- a theatrical (and costly) representation of a divided family seeking unity through external [...]

Netflix Series She Gotta Have It: A Black Female Perspective

Netflix Series She Gotta Have It: A Black Female Perspective

On the anniversary of the Native American Holocaust, popular film director Spike Lee debuted the series version of his 1986 film She Gotta Have It. Deviating from the black and white coloring that encased the original feature, Spike Lee reflects his contemporary gaze in living color.  Casting a black female lead who is a Hershey [...]

Roman J. Israel, Esq, A Review

Roman J. Israel, Esq, A Review

Roman Israel —-the character and the film, illustrate a harsh reality of heartbreak, humility, and the attempt at humanity by one who has been dehumanized.  Like many of the great black ancestors, film protagonist Roman Israel (Denzel Washington) spent decades fighting for change—reaching for the impossible to the mental exhaustion imbued by his physical efforts. [...]