Oh So Presidential: Why Sally Hemmings’ Inclusion is the Same Ole Supremacy

I woke up to an article this morning that spoke to recent development of the late Thomas Jefferson’s estate. The article relished in the plantation acknowledging Sally Hemmings’ role in his-story. Though often portrayed as Jefferson’s “great love,” Sally Hemmings was  Jefferson’s concubine. Despite overtly confronting what historical writings of Jefferson normally deny, the article […]

Rape is NOT Inclusive: The Black Female Body, the forgotten victim of Sexual Violence

For a current summer course, were were assigned an article from The Atlantic entitled “The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari.” The article, authored by Caitlin Flanagan, speaks to the danger of white female supremacy. Flanagan’s piece is in response to  an article by Katie Way titled, “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned […]

There Ain’t No “I” in “We,” Our Story is Not About You: On Alice Johnson and White Intervention

Reality stars Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian engaged in a highly publicized hearing in which black woman Alice Marie Johnson’s fate was determined. The outcome was Johnson’s physical freedom, affording the white savior image to anti-black agents Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump. The coverage of Johnson’s release mirrors the reality of her foremothers and forefathers, […]

The Donald Glover Cover

  FX’s Atlanta presents what is largely missing from black portrayal—an unadulterated portrayal of black life.  The series does not feature picturesque characters  of the cookie cutter  sort. Though the series lead Earn (OG) is a Princeton graduate  and in real-life Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) is a Yale graduate—the series captures a narrative that […]

Remembering Activist Darren Seals

Introduction George Washington. Thomas Jefferson. Christopher Columbus. These are just a few of the white men history remembers favorably–despite their unfavorable actions. Washington was a slave owner. Jefferson was a rapist. Columbus was a thief. Yet,  the date of their earthly arrival remains a national celebration. Those of us subject to the contemporary enslavement enabled by […]