The HBCU: Bleaching the Black University

The HBCU: Bleaching the Black University

This week, Howard University reported that it has a new Editor-in-chief, a title the university awarded to a woman of Asian descent. As editor-in-chief, this non-black woman of color will assume responsibility for the university’s Magazine. What stands out most about this appointment is the word “storyteller.” For centuries, the HBCU has authored a significant [...]

One Night in Miami, A Black Female Perspective

One Night in Miami, A Black Female Perspective

I was uncharacteristically excited to see Regina King’s One Night in Miami. This excitement was motivated by an opportunity to support both a black director and black screenwriter. My overall resistance to plays as films remains as does the America’s employment of seemingly black ambiances to propagate anti-black ideals. I have abridged my thoughts into [...]

Coming Soon: Blackness. Under-represented.

Coming Soon: Blackness. Under-represented.

Hi Everyone! So with a new year comes new adventure. I am writing to formally announce my podcast: Blackness. Under-Represented. Listen to the trailer here: https://anchor.fm/blacknessunderrep Blackness. Under-Represented will include episodes eight minutes or less that provide insight into happenings relevant to black people and black culture. This announcement is not a farewell to blogging; [...]

A False Premise of Unity

A False Premise of Unity

Whether CNN’s “reflection” on 2020 on The Grio’s “analysis” of the black teen assaulted by a domestic terrorist, the contemporary black face and voice illustrate a conflicting espousal to an anti-black farce encompassed by a single word: unity. CNN’s 2020 reflection, which predictably solicited black correspondents Abby Phillip and Van Jones as its Neo-liberal mask, [...]

Who is the “We?” The Subversive Promise to Make Whiteness Great Again

Who is the “We?” The Subversive Promise to Make Whiteness Great Again

Throughout the coursework portion of my degree, a question I found myself continually asking was: who is the “we?” The backdrop for my education is a historically black university, were in classes where the entire ambiance was of African-descent, the word fails to surface beyond the implicit. I had the unfortunate, yet pedagogical, the experience [...]

The Violence of the Visual

The Violence of the Visual

In her text The Invention of Woman, Oyeronke Oyewumi critically interrogates a visual American culture and its perpetual effect on identity markers that encompass many at birth. Engaging with Oyeyemi’s work elucidates that the visual, in many instances, is the beginning and end to understanding for many. The power of the visual is perhaps most [...]

The “Enough” Moment in the Recent Gayle King Interview

The “Enough” Moment in the Recent Gayle King Interview

Journalist Gayle King recently made waves for her interview with the domestic terrorist who tackled a black teen for a phone she accused him of stealing. The attack proved as difficult to stomach as the interview, as both reeked of disregard for the integrity of African people. Something I found particularly disturbing about the about [...]

The Problem with Whiteness as Privilege

The Problem with Whiteness as Privilege

Few things prove as exasperating as the term “white privilege.” The term marks a neo-liberalist attempt to gentrify the “woke” movement. The word proves a facile attempt to encapsulate and expose the inequities of whiteness. Asserting whiteness as a privilege, however, “privileges” the term. Whiteness is not a privilege, it is an act of terrorism. [...]