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Themes of race, gender etc explored in popular culture.

Boo-hoo Betsy: Understanding the Power of the Black Institution

Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” came on via shuffle while I was driving the other day. While to most this song symbols the metamorphosis from Degrassi's Aubrey Graham to Drake the rapper, for me this song bears an irreplaceable nostalgia.... Continue Reading →

Devaluing Race: A Contemporary Obsession

Free of the blackface worn in a shameful embodiment of the late Nina Simone, Zoe Saldana made headlines last week for articulating a popular mantra of the contemporary world— “sexism is more aggressive than racism.” It appears the world is... Continue Reading →

They Called Her a Liar, A Book Review

The Tawana Brawley case is a prominent page in the black female narrative. Despite its vivid illustration of the dehumanization faced by the black female body, this page remains unread or glossed over by those most impacted by its truth.... Continue Reading →

Jordan Edwards and “Thug” Politics

While the white media focused on the attire worn by so call celebrities at the Met Gala, another black boy lay in a morgue, prematurely murdered at the hands of police. Jordan Edwards, a fifteen year old high school freshman... Continue Reading →

A Studied Species: Examining the Formula of White Authored Series Starring Black Bodies

The black collective is under attack. This is nothing new, but the role of television is a fairly new approach, about fifty years in the making. Television, well American entertainment in general has always been geared towards whites. Exclusion functioned... Continue Reading →

Shame on You Shea Moisture

One of the most resounding articles on black femininity last year was Ta-nehisi Coates’ “Nina Simone’s Face.” The article brilliantly examined how western ideology disrupts the black quest for aesthetic complacency. Perhaps the most prevalent of Coates’ claims was the... Continue Reading →

The Black Lives Matter Prom Dress: Revolutionary or Risqué?

A colleague sent me the  viral photo of high school senior Milan Morris’ prom dress. The gown—engulfed with photos of those slain by the police in the last five years-- is an instant masterpiece. Morris, a stunningly beautiful girl, is... Continue Reading →

Girl, They Do Not Really Care About You: The Role of The Contemporary Black Female Body

Feminism is perhaps the biggest villain to black female intersectionality. Seducing the black female body to place gender before race, feminism thwarts the essential unity between females of the black collective to foment the initiatives of “all” women, and by... Continue Reading →

Ebony and Ivy: An Optimist’s Illusion

High school senior Ifeoma White Thorpe recently made headlines for her admittance to eight American Ivy League schools. The story proved newsworthy due to the following: It substantiates ideas surrounding whites and their superior institutions: Thorpe accomplished what many whites... Continue Reading →

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