The Real, Amanda Seales, and Centralizing White Comfort

The Real, Amanda Seales, and Centralizing White Comfort

After years of not watching, to viewing clips of recently hired co-host Amanda Seales’ in her new role, I stmbled across what is truly bothersome about The Real. It does not take long to realize that the discussions, though seemingly anchored in the non-white experience, is hardly about the non-black woman in America. Rather, The [...]

Public Punishment and Hegemonic Pride

Public Punishment and Hegemonic Pride

Another day another overtly racist viral video. On Saturday, two Georgia teens were reportedly expelled for an overtly racist video posted onto Tik Tok. An essential component to this performative punishment is that it does not exist because of an American belief that racism is wrong. Rather, this punishment exists because of hegemonic pride.  This [...]

The Lies of Leadership and Moving Beyond “Basic” Blackness and The “Average” African American

The Lies of Leadership and Moving Beyond “Basic” Blackness and  The “Average” African American

I have been contemplating what it means to be average for quite some time. Specifically, what does it mean to be an average "African American" or basic black person in America? This query is perhaps most easily contemplated alongside discussions of politics or the pending election. A common perspective illuminated by the black voices that [...]

Contemporary Eugenics and Social Bleaching: Why Diluting The Black Female Narrative Matters

Contemporary Eugenics and Social Bleaching: Why Diluting  The Black Female Narrative Matters

Sister, Sister was a prominent show for those who, like myself, grew up in the 90s and came of age in the early 2000s. Though Tia and Tamara were older than many of their viewers, their lives and their evolution from girls to young women provided what many young viewers hoped awaited them in the [...]

The Black Revolution, Authored in Adversary: Black Panther Affect

The Black Revolution, Authored in Adversary: Black Panther Affect

One thing I enjoyed about Boots Riley’s film Sorry to Bother You was the portrayal of white vestment in black leadership. The film’s protagonist Cassius delineated the upward mobility the black sellout attains once detached from principle. Anticipating a revolution,  whites decide to get in front it and offer Cassius a position of leadership where [...]

Social Distance…Words for She who Stands on the Steps of the Ivory Tower

Social Distance…Words for She who Stands on the Steps of the Ivory Tower

Social Distance. It is interesting to ponder this phenomenon in present times, but also with regard to a pervasive instituitional functionality. Here, I reference the rivers, lakes, and oceans it builds between the people that you love. They will say that you are different and that you have changed, whereas in reality, all that’s changed [...]

We Ain’t In this Together: Rebuffing the Reconcilatory Narrative

We Ain’t In this Together: Rebuffing the Reconcilatory Narrative

It has been an interesting few weeks. As a budding scholar and content introvert, most of my time on earth remains vested in my thoughts and intellectual inquiries—not people. It has been quite the experience to do what I do by force, not necessarily by choice. I share this anecdotal insight as a means to [...]