The Aftertaste of Anti-black Assassination

The Aftertaste of Anti-black Assassination

It’s hard to put my feelings into words. To describe how it feels to live in a world where a wall receives more justice than a black woman who took what would become her last breaths in what the DA refuses to acknowledge as a murder. The grief is a heavy load that weighs down [...]

Dissecting the Disrespect in the Stripper Voter PSA

Dissecting the Disrespect in the Stripper Voter PSA

I was two days younger than I am today when I saw a self-proclaimed voter PSA with black strippers twerking. One dancer even had the word “VOTE” painted on her derriere. The advertisement delineates a clear intention to arouse a twerking generation to move from the pole to the poll. Watching this base appeal to [...]

ADOS, The Invisible Man, and the Cult of American Citizenship

ADOS, The Invisible Man, and the Cult of American Citizenship

Hundreds of years ago, my ancestors got off a slave ship in chains. This is a fact I encounter in memory every time I sign or type my last name. As an African in America, my ancestral abduction remains an inescapable reality. A reality consistently diluted by Republican claims that center the present democracy. Claims [...]

Smiling, a “Noose” sance to Black Nationalism

Smiling, a “Noose” sance to Black Nationalism

In her poem “For Saundra,” Nikki Giovanni confronts a contentious suggestion from a neighbor. This neighbor, who Giovanni says, “thinks she hates,” asks her why she doesn’t write about trees. I think about this poem often when I’m faced with those who ask whether I ever smile or take it upon themselves to suggest avenues [...]

Kamala Harris on CNN, A Black Female Perspective

Kamala Harris on CNN, A Black Female Perspective

Yesterday, YouTube alerted me to Kamala Harris’s most recent interview with CNN interviewer Dana Bush. Bush interviewed  Harris with an overt chip on her shoulder that worked in Kamala Harris’ favor. Bush’s disposition made Harris appear more friendly and kind in the glare of Bush’s physical manifestation of a collective white female fury that a [...]

Racism and Deflection in an Anti-Black America

Racism and Deflection in an Anti-Black America

Like many Americans, I, she who descended from the abducted Africans, watched most of Biden’s Pittsburgh speech yesterday. His words, juxtaposed the Jacob Blake shooting with “rioting” and violence, a pairing synonymous to following the phrase “black lives matter” with “all lives matter.” The speech betrayed Biden as the coward he is, and underscored why [...]

A Moment You May Have Missed on Night Two of the Republican National Convention

A Moment You May Have Missed on Night Two of the Republican National Convention

There was something said on night two at the convention that proved particularly troubling. The statement was not contained in one of the evening’s keynote speeches, but stated in the interviews conducted in between the event’s main attractions. The words came from a working-class woman that stated that being in America enables her to have [...]

The Ambitious-Slut Label and the Woman of African Descent

The Ambitious-Slut Label and the Woman of African Descent

In Ain’t I A Woman, bell hooks interrogates the black woman’s experience with gender in America. A sentence that resonates years after first encountering the text, is, and I paraphrase, that regardless of what walk of life a black woman hones, she’s assumed to be “selling.” This phrase conveys a poignant truth that continues to [...]