Cover-Up, Colored Girl

Over the last week I’ve watched numerous videos surface in celebration of Fenty Beauty— pop-star Rihanna’s new makeup line. Black women dominated much of the uploads and commentary, which seemed overwhelmingly positive. Perhaps positive is an understatement. The feedback was not out only abundant but elated at the opportunity to now access Rihanna’s aesthetics. Interestingly,…

How Whites and Non-Blacks Talk About Race 

This post will implement the unisex name “Leslie” to avoid overuse, and the subtle passive-aggressive tone of the  pronoun “they.”  Leslie, will symbolically represent white and non-black collectives respectively. Author’s Note: Leslie also encompasses the ideology of melanated individuals who are only black on the outside. Because these individuals, while dangerous, do not enjoy the…

Things Blacks “not like other blacks” Say or Do

VSB (Very Smart Brothas) Writer and Editor Damon Young posted a hilariously brilliant article last month entitled “10 Signs You’ve Just Met a Black Person Who’s About to Tell You ‘I’m Not Other Black People.’” Check out the original article here. This list, captivating yet colloquial, reminded me of so many people I’ve met in…

Seizing the Black Narrative

Much emphasis has been placed on overt appropriators like Rachel Dolezal and Miley Cyrus—white women who have overtly appropriated attributes of black femininity to their own advantage. Yet, the more subtle means of appropiation are too often unnoticed and even supported by members of the oppressed faction. Case in point:  Appropriation of the black narrative,…

Maternalizing The Sexualized Black Body

Black female sexuality remains at the core of caricatured black female identity. Scandal’s Olivia Pope, the DC fixer by day and white male concubine at night, is easily the prototype for the black female roles that followed. Her hyper-sexuality quenched the western drought of the black female whore veiled in attributes like education, conventional success,…

Disrespectful Moments from Insecure episode “Hella Disrespectful”

Molly’s Wig (s): Yvonne Orji is a beautiful woman. Yet her gorgeous African figures succumb to the unstated tragedy of unflattering wigs. This proves that inauthentic hair, be it a wig, weave, or unnatural hair color, is simply an injustice and insult to black beauty. FYI, I feel the same way about Issa’s dyed tresses, as it suggests…

What I Love About Black Men

A shared history We may not have physically been there to witness the erection of the pyramids or the sphinx, but we hold hands across time to a shared greatness. This connection yields  a paramount and pivotal shared experience that runs deeper than the shallowness of present attraction. The Lips With lips full like the…

The Miseducation of Pro-Blackness Part 2

As Dr. King wrote in A Stride Toward Freedom: “Our concern would not be to put the bus company out of business, but to put justice in business.” Being pro-black it is not about destroying white people, but ensuring that the black collective is not fatally weathered by the wrath of white supremacy. This ideal…

A Reddit Read: The Woes of Whitewomaning Part 2

I admit that I am not particularly sensitive to the woes of white femininity. Nevertheless, I do acknowledge that said woes do exist. I understand the woes of white femininity with the following analogy: a heist took place centuries ago, a heist that included white women. White women received a portion of the profit, a…

How Natural are Natural Disasters?

I apologize if my silence on the Texas disaster strikes anyone as indifference. My thoughts are always with black people as we collectively experience disaster daily—be it financial, educational, familial, or otherwise. My silence reflects my intellectual meditation on a so-called natural disaster that is not unlike anything we as a collective have seen or…

OWN’s Black Love Docu-Series, A Review of Episode One

If you watch Maury, black love is dysfunctional, careless, and rooted in lust. The same can be said for many other “reality” television shows from court series to VH1 shows that anchor themselves in portraying the black man and black woman as hyper-sexual entities incapable of functioning in their shared state of incivility. The black…

Crown Heights, A Review

The film Crown Heights debuted to a lauded reception at the Sundance Film Festival, for its dramatization of the injustice that befell an eighteen-year old Colin Warner–a young black man blamed for the shooting death of  Mario Hamilton. Crown Heights, uses Colin Warner as a vessel to depict the detriment of wrongful incarceration, ignoring the…