Why OWN’s Checked Inn Checks all of Boxes in Positive Black Portrayal

Typically, black portrayal in white media proves a medley of stereotypes. From the welfare mother, to the jezebel, the mammy, the buck, tom, sapphire, and tragic mulatto, the black body remains confined to the caricatured imprisonment of the oppositional gaze. OWN’s new series Checked Inn strikes a new chord in black representation. The series focuses […]

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Good News for the Black Collective

A Platform for Positive Black Media kweli.tv offers a streaming surface anchored in films produced by black people for a black audience. The platform serves as a means to combat the negative portrayals of black people that continue to dominate black portrayals in white media. With almost all of their content garnered from black film […]

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How it Feels to Be a Colored Me, Remembering Zora Neale Hurston

Ninety years ago novelist and journalist Zora Neale Hurston authored How It Feels to be A Colored Me. Its contents speak to Hurston’s experience, a experience that marks a universal plight to exist as black within the paradigms of anti-blackness. hashtag #howitfeelstobeacoloredme2018. Written in 1928 “colored” accurately referenced the black body. In 2018, it does […]

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Who’s Family? A Black Perspective on Jay-Z’s Family Feud Video

Two common ingredients in contemporary media that aims for modernity are: overwhelming presence of the female body from various racial and ethnic  background, and talk of unity Jay Z’s most recent music video for the song “Family Feud” contains both. The video– a theatrical (and costly) representation of a divided family seeking unity through external […]

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Black Oppression: In Living Color

A college friend reached out to me over the recent New York City snowstorm to vent about the new Bruno Mars and Cardi B video. His concern was that the video, starring two racially ambiguous stars, sullied a prevalent portion of black culture–gateway sitcom In Living Color. His assertions are definitively astute– marking a troubling […]

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2017: A Year of Color Confrontation

2017 marked the last complete year I will spend in my twenties, however I could not have anticipated this year being my most resonant year yet. Never have I felt so immersed in the black experience and full of purpose. I admittedly have drifted further away from some family and friends and toward the eternal […]

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