On Zendaya’s White Supr-Emmy “Victory”

On Zendaya’s White Supr-Emmy “Victory”

In 2015, a year after debuting in her first starring role in Peter Norwalk’s primetime series How to Get Away with Murder, Viola Davis because the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for a lead actress in a Drama. The night was an emotional night for many who saw a black woman donning [...]

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 [...]

Cardi B, Candace Owens, and Black Censure

Cardi B, Candace Owens, and Black Censure

The contemporary climate, which meditates on the commander and chief’s overt racism, remains largely oblivious to the subtle forms of racism engendered in response. By the previous statement, I speak directly to those who have used this time of overt racial tension to castigate the original people of color. This praxis is currently manifested in [...]

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 [...]

Tyler Perry’s Billionaire Status and Broken Clock Syndrome

Tyler Perry’s Billionaire Status and Broken Clock Syndrome

Amidst the scorching flames of white nationalism in America, writer, director, and actor Tyler Perry became a billionaire. This timing is, of course, not a coincidence. This news surfaced to reduce the fanned flames for those beaten, shot, and repeatedly failed by the system of laws cultivated when their ancestors were in bondage. Perry’s billionaire [...]

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 [...]

Meg Thee Stallion and the Falsification of Black Female Sexual Liberation

Meg Thee Stallion and the Falsification of Black Female Sexual Liberation

Against my better judgement, I watched some of Meg Thee Stallion’s virtual concert. Meg Thee Stallion may be what this artist calls herself, but I’m uncomfortable with the black woman and animal juxtaposition, so I will call Meg Thee Stallion Megan. While Megan appears authentic in her demeanor, her sexuality, the commodified core of her [...]