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…

Thinking of Michael Jackson on his Birthday

In recent weeks, my mind has remained fixated on Frankie Lymon, the lead vocalist on “Why do Fools Fall in Love,” who died at only twenty-five. He joined a long list of black entertainers who also died prematurely—exploited for their talent then left for dead. Young Michael Jackson, with his high- pitched voice and big…

The Failed Anti-Racist Attempt of the 2017 VMA’s

As a child, I anticipated watching the Video Music Awards every year. As an adult, I anticipate that this award show will reflect the climate of America, and therefore be inevitably racist. Yet, many insist on drinking the koolaid of popular culture and live vicariously through the inauthenticity that is Hollywood. Despite lacking sincerity, Hollywood…

Things I like <3

Sammie’s “I’m Him” video: I like that the video features a black woman sans weave to showcase the natural beauty of the black woman. ❤ Assata Shakur’s Autobiography: It reads like a novel. Malcolm X: “The Ballot or The Bullet” Speech Dr. King’s A Stride Toward Freedom Black Power by Kwame Ture Mented Cosmetics Lipstick…

Kordale and Kaleb: A Portrait of the Modern Black Family?

Black couple Kordale and Kaleb made headlines a few years back when images of them combing their daughter’s hair went viral. The image seemingly resonated most profoundly with black women proving nostalgic in mirroring a shared experience—having our hair combed and braided by a loved one. Thus, most black women probably viewed the images as…

What to say to a dying man or woman: Weighing Life, Loss, and Love

Much thought has been placed onto the black bodies that populate death row, who proceed each day knowing when they will die. These so called criminals are thought to bear the ultimate punishment for grisly crimes, despite being the victims of the greatest crime to affect civilization–racism. I have thought extensively about what to say…

Ten Year Predictions

Dr. King will continue to get lighter and lighter. In fifty to a hundred years, he will eventually be referenced and portrayed as a white man. Whitney Houston’s legacy will be sullied to solely reflect her alleged drug use. Beyonce will be like Houston was in her later years.  The popularity of pseudo blackness would have…

Contemplating Kaepernick and Lukewarm Activism

I would like to begin by saying that I do believe people should stand and place their hands over their heart during the pledge of allegiance and national anthem. That is, if those people are white. If you are white, America presents opportunity. If you’re black, America proves opportunistic. To stand for the pledge of…

Remembering the Late and Great Dick Gregory

It is just over twenty-four hours after Mr. Dick Gregory’s family released a public statement informing the world of his passing. Just twenty-four hours, and Gregory has already faded into the background of a culture who pretended to mourn Gregory until a more prevalent white issue arose. In life, Gregory would have predicted this abjection…