TransAtlantic People and Trans Identity

TransAtlantic People and Trans Identity

Trans identity occupies a prominent space in contemporary society. Whether it is statistics that designate the trans collective as a “high risk” group, or the rise of popular series that document the trans experience, the contemporary climate has awarded the trans community a notable visibility. Black male transition to feminine identity remains at the core [...]

Surviving White Supremacy

Surviving White Supremacy

Tis' an interesting experience to be a black person in a country where anti-blackness is ubiquitous. “Turn your brain off”“You’re looking to deeply into things” These are probably the most common words uttered in hopes of discouraging the intellectual curiosity. Intellectual curiosity, however, is essential to black survival. It was the intellectual curiosity of those [...]

The Rainbow isn’t Enuf—Gender, Unity, Self-Determination, and The Afro-Future

I found Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, before I became fully acquainted with the throes of black life. The words and images permeated my soul years before I needed it.   Its contents conveyed, to employ Zora Neale Hurston’s term, the awful beauty of dreams that became [...]

Black Omission and What the Recent Debate and Kamala Harris’s Exit Means for Black People

Black Omission and What the Recent Debate and Kamala Harris’s Exit Means for Black People

White supremacy is a word that has gained significant traction in recent years. A decade ago, the term white supremacy still qualified as radical speech. White supremacy as a colloquialism marks a new wave of influence. In its nuance, white supremacy remains pervasive but appears mollified in its casual articulation. The Trump presidency proved significant [...]

Twerking and Auction Block Culture

Twerking and Auction Block Culture

My first introduction to the word “twerk” was on Usher’s highly anticipated 8701 albums. The album, released in the summer of 2001, featured the song “Twerk it Out.” A melodic tune, “Twerk it Out” features a rhythm and blues flow that has largely dissipated from the contemporary sound. Though sexual in undertone, Usher’s “twerking” references [...]

Oh Marianne, The Great White Hope Ain’t the GOAT

Oh Marianne, The Great White Hope Ain’t the GOAT

This country has an obsession with aesthetical emotion. By aesthetical emotion, I speak to the appearance of emotion being far more valuable than the feeling itself. America, specifically contemporary media, encourages performance but curses action. In that regard, 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson immerses herself in the contemporary racial fervor by pandering to those seeking [...]